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WHO: Drew O'Connor. HT/WT: 6-3, 211.

COLLEGE: Maine. POSITION: Wide receiver.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: O'Connor, a four-year letterman, holds school records for career (30) and single-season (16) TD receptions. In 1998, he had eight catches for 188 yards and two TDs against James Madison. It was the first time his father saw him play.

GLORY DAYS: O'Connor played baseball until he was in seventh grade, and then gave football a try. He played quarterback, but after breaking his wrist when he was a sophomore at Stearns High in Millinocket, Maine, he moved to receiver.

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: In college, O'Connor met former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson while attending a high school football game. "He gave me a few pointers, things to work on, as far as being successful."

TO MAKE THE TEAM: If the Bucs keep five receivers, O'Connor will be in a six-man battle for the lone spot behind veterans Bert Emanuel, Reidel Anthony, Karl Williams and Jacquez Green. His height does fit the Bucs' need for a big target.

QUOTE: "I know it's going to be tight. I know it may come down to the wire. Maybe special teams will put me over the top."

_ ERNEST HOOPER

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