I remember Baylor’s 250 pound All American tight end blasting Steve Little on a kick-off just as he followed through on his kick. Baylor got penalized 5 yards for offsides on the kick. Steve’s sub re-kicked and Baylor started their drive on their 20 and we went without Steve Little for the rest of that game. Grant Teaff didn’t have to worry about us kicking a field goal late to beat him that year. Can you imagine some huge third string linebacker blasting our best wide receiver as he punted and followed through with his leg extended? Would probably get kicked out of the game today but that might be worth the price to some team someday.
Comment reminds me of what might have been if DMac had played safety instead of RB.
Not complaining with where he ended up, obviously. But I’m convinced he could have been an all-pro safety. Quite possibly, a Hall-of-Famer.
I got the NFL Sunday ticket the year he and Felix graduated just so I could watch DMac’s Oakland games every week (I live in DFW, so would already be seeing Felix’s games). Watching those sorry Oakland teams, I saw a lot of interceptions their revolving door QB’s served up, and it actually turned out to be one of my favorite things, because quite often the tackles on the returns would be made by Darren. Frequently, he’d some in a straight-line, at blazing speed - kind of like the proverbial “heat seeking missile” and blow up the interceptor. His closing speed was breath-taking, and his hits were equally bone-jarring.