August 9, 2006
Now or later, McBean hoping to contribute
After two years at the City College of San Francisco - where he was often the third option at receiver - Roberto McBean is ready for his chance in the limelight.
Whether that comes in Year 1 with the Boilermakers or later in his Purdue career, however, doesn't seem of utmost importance to the Berkeley, Calif., native.
"Everybody has their moment to shine," said McBean, a 6-foot, 190-pound slot receiver. "I probably just haven't gotten mine yet, but it's probably coming soon.
"I'd like to get on the field as soon as possible, but whatever the coaches see - they know what's best - I'll do. Even if I don't like it, I'll go with their decision."
At City College, which runs an offense similar to Purdue's, McBean caught 31 passes for 651 yards with seven touchdowns last season. Despite the solid numbers, McBean found he was often overshadowed by two of his teammates. Maurice Purify, who signed with Nebraska, had 56 receptions and 15 touchdowns, while Aaron Straiten, a fellow four-star recruit, is now a junior at UNLV.
"They are my partners man," said McBean, who signed with Purdue over an offer from Washington. "They got to go somewhere and I got to go somewhere.
"All that speculation (about where his J.C. teammates would sign) - I saw it in the magazines and stuff - if I have been under the radar I'm pretty sure I'll get my shot soon enough, then that can be settled."
Through the first two days of training camp, McBean has been working primarily with the third-team offense. While he's made his share of catches, he's dropped a couple passes as well. McBean says the key is catching up with the speed of play at Division I.
"Everything is a lot faster up here," he said. "You just have to get used to all that.
"It's a lot of new stuff to learn, coming from a J.C., here at a D-I, but Coach (Brian) Rock is a good receiver coach so I'll be good."
Where McBean fits into Purdue's deep set of receivers remains to be seen. The Boilermakers have veterans Dorien Bryant and Andre Chattams set on the inside, with Desmond Tardy and McBean trying to work their way into the rotation.
"I've got some impressions in my own mind," Rock said of McBean. "But I think one of the things that makes a good football player is how they practice and play over time. I'm not really to make a one-day evaluation on anybody."
McBean, who has a redshirt year available, says he's adjusting to his new surroundings. He spent about two weeks at Purdue, trying to prepare for training camp. McBean describes himself as a physical receiver.
"I've got to be to get on the field," He said. "I listen to the coaches and what they say, try to do what they tell me to do. I've got good speed, but the biggest thing is I'm just coachable. Whatever they say, that's what I'm going to do."
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