Onterio McCalebb

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Onterio McCalebb
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McCalebb with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013
Free agent
Position: Running back / Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Born: (1989-08-10) August 10, 1989 (age 29)
Fort Meade, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Meade (FL)
College: Auburn
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Onterio McCalebb (born August 10, 1989) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. McCalebb garnered much attention with an impressive performance in the 40-yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine, recording an official time of 4.28 seconds, the fastest by a running back. He has also been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

McCalebb grew up in Fort Meade, Florida, raised primarily by his grandmother and father.[1]

McCalebb attended Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Florida, where he played football, basketball, and ran track.[2] As a senior in 2007, McCalebb rushed for 1,995 yards and 27 touchdowns, while adding 11 receptions for 300 yards through the air.[2] He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.[2] In addition to being a volatile rusher and kick return, McCalebb was an All-State punter, averaging 45.3 net punting average.

In track & field, McCalebb competed as a sprinter. At the 2008 1A Region 3 Meet, he earned a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash, recording a personal-best time of 10.90 seconds.[3] He won the 200-meter dash at the 2008 FHSAA 1A T&F Championships, with a time of 22.44 seconds.[4] In addition, he was also a member of the 4 × 100 m relay squad.[5]

Scout.com gave McCalebb a four-star rating and ranked him as the No. 38 running back in the nation in 2008.[2] He visited Auburn, Clemson, Rutgers, and West Virginia before signing a letter of intent with Auburn.[2]

College career[edit]

After spending one semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, McCalebb enrolled at Auburn University in January 2009.[1]

In McCalebb's college football debut against Louisiana Tech in 2009, McCalebb became the first Auburn freshman since Bo Jackson in 1982 to rush for more than 100 yards in his first game by gaining 152 yards on 22 carries.[1] He was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance.[1]

McCalebb became the first freshman in Auburn history to surpass 100 yards rushing in his first two games when he totaled 157 yards on 16 carries against Mississippi State on September 12, 2009.[1]

McCalebb battled injuries throughout his freshman year, but still managed to place second on the team with 565 rushing yards. Onterio scored 4 touchdowns his freshman season.

McCalebb would share the backfield with star back Mike Dyer and elusive quarterback Cam Newton in 2010. That didn't stop O-Mac from breaking the Auburn single season yards-per-carry record (8.5). McCalebb scored 7 touchdowns over a pivotal 5 game span for the eventual national champions. Three of those scores came during the division clinching victory over Georgia. Perhaps O-Mac's best play of the year was a 70-yard go-ahead touchdown vs #6 LSU. He finished the season with over 900 yards rushing.

McCalebb ran for 532 yards during the 2011 regular season, playing in the shadows of Mike Dyer. O-Mac took advantage of a Dyer bowl suspension, however, scampering for 109 yards on 10 carries in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. He also tacked on 53 receiving yards in the season ending victory.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
168 lb
(76 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.34 s 1.50 s 2.47 s 4.32 s 7.02 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
All values from NFL Combine;[6]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Briefly after the 2013 NFL Draft, McCalebb was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals on April 27, 2013. After being signed by the Bengals, McCalebb switched positions to cornerback. Special teams coach Darrin Simmons said that the Bengals will try to use him as a gunner and return man on special teams.[7] In two seasons with the Bengals he only appeared in one game. On September 6, 2015, the Bengals and McCalebb agreed to an injury settlement allowing for his release from the team.[8]

Ottawa RedBlacks[edit]

On March 3, 2016, McCalebb signed a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.[9] RedBlacks GM Marcel Desjardins said that the team plans to get McCalebb in competition as a kick and punt return specialist, and possibly integrate him into the offense in certain packages.[10] He was released by the team on April 27, 2016.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e &id=3619986&instance=home_news_lead_story "McCalebb Wins Conference Award" Check |url= value (help). The Auburn Plainsman. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Onterio McCalebb Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=48782#15098
  4. ^ http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=46852#15098
  5. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/onterio-mccalebb-2973/
  6. ^ Onterio McCaleb Draft Profile. NFL.com). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  7. ^ http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/5/1/4290152/bengals-onterio-mccalebb-moving-cornerback
  8. ^ "Bengals reach injury settlement with Onterio McCalebb". Cincy Jungle. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Onterio McCalebb signs with CFL team". AL.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to Ontario and the CFL, Onterio". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Transactions". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 

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