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Basics: 24 years old from Detroit, Michigan
College: Toledo for one season then Mississippi State
College stats (via ESPN.com)
- 2005: 7 catches, 41 yards
- 2006: 25 catches, 177 yards
- 2007: 14 catches, 103 yards
Career stats from NFL.com (Hint: No career stats!)
Long never stared at Mississippi State and never started more than 3 games in any single season but he did a little bit of everything including punt and kicks returns as well as playing on both coverage units.
Long did turn some heads at Mississippi State's pro day though when he reeled off a 4.38 forty and had the fastest shuttle time of anyone in the country. That performance combined with some in-house familiarity (Arizona tight end coach was a coach of Long's in 2005) was enough for the Cardinals to take a look at the 5'11 186 pound receiver.