Pop in the grainy videotape from Beloit College's football games last fall, and a conundrum quickly arises as to what is being seen on the screen. A combination of wonder and guarded apprehension takes hold, particularly for those in the business of judging professional talent.
The very same plays that cause NFL scouts' jaws to drop also leave them questioning whether it's all some kind of mirage. Derek Carrier, Beloit's sensational 6-foot-3 wide receiver, effortlessly glides around the field, leaping defenders draped over his jersey like some kind of Division III Superman.
"It was a physical mismatch," Beloit football coach Chris Brann said. "You could tell. I felt like looking at some of the defensive backs that he was going against, they were intimidated. Not only is he a great receiver, but he's 238 pounds. If you're a 5-10, 185-pound corner and he's blocking you, you have a problem."
Yet for all the problems Carrier's size ...