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Stuckey scooped up by San Diego in Rd. 4

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey upends Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey upends Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

April 24, 2010, 9:47 a.m. Updated April 25, 2010, 12:00 a.m.

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One of the first people that former Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey spoke with after being selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th pick in the fourth round (110 overall) of Saturday’s NFL Draft was San Diego secondary coach Steven Wilks.

Shortly after the introductions, the Chargers assistant had one question for his newest pupil.

Newly drafted San Diego Charger Darrell Stuckey smiles on the sidelines as he watches during the second half of the Spring Game Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Memorial Stadium.

Newly drafted San Diego Charger Darrell Stuckey smiles on the sidelines as he watches during the second half of the Spring Game Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Memorial Stadium.

“He just asked me, ‘Are you ready to be great,’” Stuckey said. “And I said, ‘Heck yeah, I’m ready to be great.’”

Although he had hoped to be drafted on Friday, when rounds two and three took place, Stuckey was thrilled to go early in the fourth as the ninth safety taken. When his name was read over the speakers at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, it was just after 9:45 a.m. central daylight time. Shortly thereafter he grabbed a Chargers hat he received from the team at the combine.

“It feels good,” he said. “It’s just like going through a six-month process for a job interview. I talked to the secondary coach already, and he said if I go out there and battle and bust my butt and work hard, I could easily find my way onto the field.”

Another person within the organization that Stuckey spoke with was former KU teammate James Holt, a San Diego linebacker.

“I asked him about the cost of living,” Stuckey said before breaking out into laughter. “Nah, he said it’s a beautiful place, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. It’s a great place to play, it’s a great environment and they have a great organization. I’ve personally never been in California. The first time I was on the beach was at the Orange Bowl.”

Stuckey leaves Kansas as one of the most accomplished defensive backs in recent memory. He played in 45 games in four years, starting every game from his sophomore season on, and finished with 295 tackles. In addition, he grabbed eight interceptions, made 11 tackles for loss and was a captain in 2009. In 2008, Stuckey was KU’s lone all-Big 12 first-team selection.

“I knew I was a fourth-round gem, and I want to be (with San Diego) for a long time,” Stuckey said. “They told me on the phone that they were surprised I was still there in the fourth round, and I said, ‘We’ve got something in common.’”

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kujayhawk 4 years, 4 months ago

Congrats! Stuckey seems like a good kid.

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 4 months ago

p>Espn.com says...

"Stuckey has all the physical tools to potentially develop into a starter down the road with proper development. His football IQ is lacking in terms of natural instincts and ability to quickly diagnose, and that could prevent him from cracking the starting lineup."

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Steve Jacob 4 years, 4 months ago

rotoworld... "Stuckey offers nice size, athleticism and physicality, but he struggled in coverage at times with the Jayhawks. The Chargers are weak are strong safety, so Stuckey will have a shot to play sooner rather than later. He'll likely start out on special teams."

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Ray_Finkle 4 years, 4 months ago

Do you think Briscoe is starting to second guess his decision to leave early?

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Ray_Finkle 4 years, 4 months ago

Finally! All it took was me commenting about it. Good luck Dez.

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hail2oldku 4 years, 3 months ago

Forget about getting drafted by the Chargers, congrats on the engagement Darrell.

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