11/14/10 vs. Tennessee – 25 rushes for 286 yards and four touchdowns.
1/2/10 vs. Oklahoma State (Cotton Bowl) – 34 carries for 184 and two TDs.
These three performances during the 2009 season illustrate the explosiveness of Ole Miss product Dexter McCluster.
McCluster is best described as a halfback-receiver tweener. As a senior in 2009, he ran for 1,169 yards -- nearly all of which came in the latter half of the season -- and had 520 receiving yards.
Dexter McCluster shows off his skills during Senior Bowl week.
Although much smaller, McCluster can also be compared with '09 rookie sensation Percy Harvin, who has the ability to play receiver, run the wildcat and return kicks.
"Wherever they want me, I'll be there," McCluster said during Senior Bowl week. "Whether it's punt return, kick return, slot receiver, running back, wherever. I'm gonna let them know they're gonna get everything out of me."
So, are the Chargers in need of a playmaker like McCluster? That depends on what happens with Sproles.
San Diego's favorite Lightning Bug is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. The Chargers could protect him with a high tender, but that would involve giving him a 10 percent pay increase over last season's $6.62 million salary. That's a lot of money for a player who is dominant in only one area -- catching passes out of the backfield.
If the Chargers are unable to sign Sproles to a long-term contract, it's likely he'll test the waters in free agency. And if another team is successful in luring him away, McCluster instantly holds much more appeal in the eyes of GM A.J. Smith.
McCluster is projected as a mid-second-round pick. Should he fall to the bottom of Round Two -- the Chargers pick No. 60 overall -- Smith could call his name and let McCluster fill Sproles' big, little shoes.