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Chargers : Stuck on Stuckey

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Character counts for rookie safety, a prominent figure in defensive plans


    By Kevin Acee , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.


    Mike Harrity, after getting to know him and watching him play at Kansas the past four years, believes Darrell Stuckey will have a long and productive NFL career.
    But should a day come …
    “He can do whatever he wants,” said Harrity, an associate athletic director at KU. “If in 15 or 20 years he comes to me and says, ‘Mike, I want to run for governor of Kansas,’ I’ll do whatever I can to help him win. He could be governor. I believe that strongly in him.”
    It’s not only Harrity.
    The passion with which people who know him speak about the Chargers rookie approaches the mythic.
    “He is a good man, one of a kind, one of those guys who is almost too good to be true,” said Clint Bowen, who was Stuckey’s position coach and defensive coordinator with the Jayhawks. “I’ll never coach another like him.”
    All the Chargers need Stuckey to do is be a faster, more well-rounded and consistent strong safety than they’ve had in recent years.
    They drafted him in the fourth round and felt good enough about it that the decision was pretty much made right then that incumbent starter Kevin Ellison would be released before the season.
    While veteran Steve Gregory likely will begin training camp working with the first team and could well be the primary strong safety come Sept. 14, the job is Stuckey’s to win.
    Considered a bit short for a safety and supposedly possessing neither blazing speed nor overwhelming athleticism, Stuckey ran a highly respectable 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. His speed in the middle during spring coaching sessions was something that hasn’t been seen at Chargers Park in a while.
    Bowen was quizzed by NFL scouts right up until Stuckey was off the board.
    “I thought he was going to go in the third round,” Bowen said. “My phone was blowing up.”
    What scouts asked about most was Stuckey’s athleticism, which despite six interceptions and 191 tackles over the past two seasons, not to mention a number of highlight-reel plays, evidently didn’t always show up on film.
    “This guy is going to surprise you with what he can do athletically,” Bowen told anyone who would listen. “… This guy can run and jump and change direction.”
    The Chargers think he can play.
    But, really, so much more factored into the team drafting Stuckey as high as it did and essentially putting in his hands the future of a position at which they’ve been trying to use stopgaps.
    Why is the “so much more” so important?
    Why does it matter that he’s in seemingly every picture of a KU student-athlete doing community service, prompting the running joke in the KU athletic department the past couple years: “How many Darrell Stuckeys are there?”
    What is the significance of the fact that when he was back in Lawrence last month and held an informal news conference, Stuckey stayed afterward to help the Kansas media relations staff put away chairs?
    Why does it matter that when Stuckey asked Harrity for help on one of the many speeches he gave during his time at KU, that Harrity read what Stuckey had, and told him he couldn’t help, recalling later, “What could I add? It looked like he copied it from Martin Luther King. He’s that good.”
    Why is it important that Stuckey spent a good portion of his formative years sharing space in the basement with two siblings in lieu of a bedroom, graduated from a high school in which more than half the student body is classified as economically disadvantaged and went on to make the Athletic Directors honor roll and graduate from Kansas in four years?
    Why is it important that when Kansas was recruiting him out of high school and invited him to attend a three-day camp, Stuckey told them he could only make the first day because he had committed to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership camp despite the fact he had yet to receive significant interest from any other school? Or that Kansas head coach Mark Mangino, while certainly disappointed, told Stuckey, “If all we can get you for is one day, come for that first day. You can never have enough leadership. I can’t argue with a man who wants to better himself and make himself a better man.”? Or that Mangino offered him a scholarship after that first day?
    Of what consequence is it that Stuckey is getting married in April to a woman who trusts him implicitly and values above all else her future husband’s faith in God — and also that he religiously cleans up after himself and that she says she “honestly (doesn’t) know” how he accomplishes all he does?
    Why should all that be important to a franchise that invested in him and a fan base starving for a Super Bowl?
    Stuckey chuckled when confronted with the question.
    “I’m a good teammate,” he said. “As a safety you have to be reliable. You have to be trustworthy. That’s the biggest thing on the field. A safety is not a quarterback, but he’s the closest thing on the defense. The coaches have to feel like you can do anything.”
    Those who have coached Stuckey say that while he is not without football savvy, he is not naturally a highly instinctive player, but that his hard work and study allow his speed to put him in the right place at the right time.
    So, maybe in a secondary that has spent the past several seasons enduring turnover and has often been beset by players trying to do too much because they didn’t trust at least one of the other people around them, a guy who can be counted on to do his job does matter.
    “The thing you’re going to get out of Darrell is he’s going to be very disciplined,” Bowen said. “He’s going to know his assignments, know his responsibility and understand how to get it done. He’s not going to be a mental mistake guy. He’s going to get his job done.”
     
  2. Ride The Lightning

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    Man, I hope this guy is FINALLY the answer we need @ Safety.
     
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    stuckey has it all , brains, athletic ability. He'll be a good one. It might take him a bit to get nfl adjusted. But I got big hopes for stuckey. The same thing goes for butler. Big improvements to areas that needed improvement.
     
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    everyone makes them.

    I just hope it's not a playoff game wrecker

    :tup:
     
  5. foober

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    stuckey will probably win us a few games over the years in the playoffs. I think we finally got our other saftey. Whats it been 10 years that our interior pass defense has been very suspect. STuckey is one solid kid. Its still gonna take him some time to get nfl adjusted. But after that he should be mr. solid at saftey for many years.
     
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    This guy seems really awesome
     
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    He might have the finest pure character on the team and that's saying something. He has athletic ability, now the question is him going out onto the field and doing it
     
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    :lol:

    how can you even say this? he hasn't even played a down for the team yet.
     
  9. LV Bolt Fan

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    Yet, In another thread.........You're saying AJ made the right choice by not picking Cody? :icon_huh:

    :icon_tease:
     
  10. Ride The Lightning

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    I said "So far".

    :lol:
     
  11. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Will quarterbacks even see our safeties, after all, it's not like these guys were household names coming in.
     
  12. Rainman

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    He can say it because he's foober! :icon_rofl:
     
  13. Rainman

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    I can't recall the Chargers ever having a 4th round pick that's been this hyped.

    I can't help but wonder... If Stuckey is such a dynamite prospect, why wasn't he selected considerably earlier? :icon_huh:

    I'm gonna keep my enthusiasm in check, while hoping for the best.
     

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