WALTER REYES At a glance


Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 209.High School: Struthers (2000).College: Syracuse. Will graduate in May with a communications degree.Key stats: Set Struthers records for yards in a season (1,450) and a career (3,005). Second-leading rusher in Syracuse history (3,424).Strengths: Explosive speed. Has run a 4.4 40-yard dash. Good vision, patience and burst. Good hands. Will likely find a place in the NFL as a change-of-pace back and as a kick returner.Weaknesses: Undersized. Will struggle to break tackles and pick up the blitz on pass protection. Has had durability problems. Missed last two games of senior year with a shoulder injury.History lesson: Three previous Wildcats have played in the NFL. Steve Belichick, an undrafted fullback out of Case Western Reserve, played for the Detroit Lions. His son, Bill, is the coach of the New England Patriots. Walt McDonald, who was drafted by the Redskins out of Tulane in 1943, played for several teams in the old All-American Football Conference, including Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago. John Gerak, an offensive lineman from Penn State, was drafted by the Vikings in the third round in 1993. Two other Wildcats were drafted, but did not play in a regular season game: Martin Booher (Wisconsin) by the Packers in 1957 and Tony Fire (Bowling Green) by the Browns in 1966.
Vindicator staff report

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