Dexter Breaks Through For Big Day

From Soldier Field, Chicago

As he stood outside the Chiefs locker room in the bowels of Soldier Field, a cold wind blew up the tunnel from off the field, sending a shiver up the backs of even grizzled stadium workers who were in their winter coats and hats.

Wearing just a light sweater and a stocking cap, the Florida native gave no signs of being cold. Not after a game like Sunday’s where for awhile he was on fire and he became the most reliable offensive contributor against the Bears, including catching the Hail Mary pass that gave the Chiefs the game’s only touchdown.

“It worked out for me today where with the help of the offensive line and everybody else on offense, I was able to step up and make a contribution,” McCluster said. “All of us are here for a reason, because of what we can bring to the team. I’m glad I got a chance to show what I can bring today.”

Here’s what McCluster brought:

  • 9 rushes for 61 yards, including a 32-yard run that was his longest of the season to date.
  • 4 catches for 46 yards, and the 38-yard Hail Mary catch, his longest pass play of the season to date.
  • A 23-yard kickoff return.

That’s 107 yards on 13 touches offensively and the touchdown – his first of the season.

That it’s took 12 games for McCluster to reach the end zone speaks a bit about the frustrations of this season for the second-year man out of Ole Miss. Right now, he’s sitting with 628 offensive yards on 126 touches, significantly more than the 280 offensive yards he had last season where he lost five games due to injury.

But he also contributed 729 yards and a touchdown on returns in 2010. This year, he has 464 yards in returns and hasn’t come close to breaking one for a score.

“I’m here to do what I can to help the team win,” McCluster said. “That’s all I’m worried about is winning. I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”

Like catch a Hail Mary in the end zone and then have five people fall on him trying to wrestle the ball away.

“I wasn’t giving up that ball,” McCluster said. “I had a death grip on it. No way was that going to be anything but a touchdown for us.”

Was the cold weather any factor in Sunday’s game?

“Not after that touchdown,” McCluster said with a laugh. “I was warm the rest of the day.”

3 Responses to “Dexter Breaks Through For Big Day”

  • December 5, 2011  - Chiefs End Losing Streak With 10-3 Victory Over Bears : says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Dexter McCluster comes alive. [...]

  • December 5, 2011  - Craig says:

    McCluster has been our most reliable yardage producer of the year. The question is how many touches can he handle given his body. GO Chiefs!

  • December 5, 2011  - the other dave says:

    It looks like he’s finally figured out how to hold onto the ball. I no longer hold my breath just waiting for a fumble with this guy.

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