Saturday, July 22, 2006

Former 'Dog is (literally) Still in the Game

Eric Mahanke is probably most remembered, at least by me, for his 5 catch 43 yard and one touchdown performance in 1997 vs Utah on ESPN. Those numbers are not outstanding by any account, but it might have been the most impressive performance by Bulldog wide receiver in 1997. Especially for Mahanke who was playing in his first game ever as a Bulldog. His performance led to his only start of 1997 the following week at Hawaii, where he had 5 receptions for 35 yards. He would finish 1997 with 12 receptions for 92 yards and the one touchdown.

He entered the 1998 season atop the depth chart as a senior. However, the emergence of the "Smurfs", redshirt freshmen Charles Smith and Rodney Wright, cut into Mahanke's playing time.

Where is Mahanke now? He is a receiver/linebacker in Arena Football 2 for the Bakersfield Blitz. If you missed Mahanke's great game in 1997 vs the Utes and can't make to an Arena 2 game, chances are you still have seen him catch the ball, score touchdowns and of course celebrate, if you play EA Sports NCAA Football or Madden video games.

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