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Darnerien Richard McCants (born August 1, 1977) is a former gridiron football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Delaware State.
|Born:||August 1, 1977|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Arundel (Gambrills, Maryland)|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 154|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
As a senior at Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, McCants was an All-State, All-County and All-Metro selection in one season of organized high school football. He led his teams to county and regional championships.
McCants was also a state champion in the high jump.
At Delaware State University, McCants played his best season as a senior, at tight end, tallying career-highs of 36 catches, 692 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. His touchdown total set Delaware State and MEAC records, and was No. 1 in NCAA Division I-AA.
McCants was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. After showing promise as an end zone threat in 2003, He fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and spent much of 2004 on the inactive list. He was released after the 2004 season.
On July 11, 2007, McCants was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
On July 25, 2008, McCants signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was later released on August 26.
On December 18, 2008, McCants signed with the Montreal Alouettes.
He was released by the Alouettes on March 17, 2009.
Since retiring from football in 2009, McCants worked a personal trainer. In 2019 McCants became a jumping coach for the track team at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Maryland which he had attended as a freshman. McCants lives in Ashburn, Virginia and previously coached there at both Briar Woods High School and Rock Ridge High School for six years. McCants has expressed the intent to become an educator, having majored in education at Delaware State.
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- "Athletics". Wilde Lake High School. Howard County Public School System. Retrieved July 4, 2019.