'Incredible' WR Visits Packers

This receiver caught 118 passes during his senior season and also returns punts. Who is this player who recently visited Green Bay? We tell you about him in our latest Packer Report draft exclusive.

With a nickname like "Mr. Incredible" and 118 catches to his credit during his senior year, there's got to be room in the NFL for Duane Brooks.

A source told Packer Report that the Stephen F. Austin wide receiver had a pre-draft visit with the Packers.

"It started out as a joke," Brooks said of his nickname. "I fell in love with the movie ‘The Incredibles' and a girl knew about my love for that movie so she started calling me that. After that, it just kind of picked up and everybody started calling me that."

Does that name apply to the football field?


Duane Brooks
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"Oh, yeah, I like to believe so," he said with a laugh.

Brooks was a standout high school quarterback in Irving, Texas, and was recruited to play quarterback by Central Michigan. At just 5-foot-11, however, he knew he was too short to play quarterback in the NFL. So, he moved to receiver.

To be closer to home, he transferred to Stephen F. Austin, which went 0-11 in 2007. Brooks' first season for the Lumberjacks was 2008, when he set a school record with 68 receptions. He demolished that standard as a senior, helping the Lumberjacks lead FCS in passing yards as they earned their first playoff berth since 1995. His 8.64 receptions per game ranked third in FCS, a figure that included 15-catch performances in the regular-season finale and a playoff victory over Eastern Washington.

Catching a lot of quick-hitting passes and screens, Brooks gained 1,076 yards (9.1 per reception) with six touchdowns.

"I consider myself an elusive receiver, someone who can take a short ball and turn it into something big," said Brooks, who ran his 40s in about 4.5 seconds at the school's two pro days.

Brooks also returned punts. The Lumberjacks' unorthodox scheme called for seven or eight people to go for the block every time, with blockers only on the gunners. So, his 4.5-yard average doesn't necessarily tell the whole story.

"I basically had to try to make eight people miss and get to that wall (of blockers), he said. "Sometimes, that was just a little bit too much to ask."

Playing in the NFL would quite literally add a chapter to a story penned by his younger brother, who is a student at Stephen F. Austin.

"When we were younger in elementary school, he had to write a book," Brooks recalled. "He knew nothing about football and I don't even think I had started playing yet. He wrote a book about me winning the Heisman and going to the NFL. It's definitely been a dream, not only of mine but of my family. I can't wait for this weekend to see if my name gets called or to get a phone call to get an opportunity. That's all you can ask for."


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