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WHO: Darnell McDonald. HT/WT: 6-3, 199.
POSITION: Wide receiver. COLLEGE: Kansas State.
NFL EXPERIENCE: Rookie.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: McDonald had seven receptions for 207 yards and three TDs in the Fiesta Bowl as a junior. As a senior, McDonald was on the All Big 12 first team.
GLORY DAYS: McDonald's mother, a single parent with two children, forced him to play football in eighth grade. "She sat out there my whole first week of practice to make sure I was going to stay. I guess she thought it was a way to make sure I would be a man."
BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: McDonald shook hands with Miami QB Dan Marino last weekend.
TO MAKE THE TEAM: McDonald, who had the lone TD reception against the Dolphins, has tough competition. With four receivers set _ Bert Emanuel, Reidel Anthony, Karl Williams and Jacquez Green _ a fifth will make the roster and a sixth may make the practice squad.
QUOTE: "I have to just try my best, play well and stay focused and not have any mental errors. I know it's going to be a very hard choice for the coaches."
_ ERNEST HOOPER