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Stick Man Becomes Strongman

Dartmouth College receiver Myles Christian, left, reaches for a Sept. 11 practice-drill pass while teammate Joseph Dowdell provides a distraction. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College receiver Myles Christian, left, reaches for a Sept. 11 practice-drill pass while teammate Joseph Dowdell provides a distraction. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

The photo above shows Dartmouth College senior receiver Myles Christian reaching for a practice-drill pass while teammate Joseph Dowdell provides a distraction. Christian is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound Atlanta native who walked on to the team as a freshman in 2010 after dabbling in crew. He had never played football before, but had two seasons of high school basketball under his belt.

To be perfectly honest about the situation, Christian stands only a slim chance of ever catching a varsity pass. But it’s a testament to his character that he’s still out there, working hard and providing the Big Green with the depth to have productive drills and JV games. For every star like Dominick Pierre or Bronson Green, there are two or three unsung heroes on the 110-man roster and Christian and Dowdell are two of them.

When Christian first showed up, he was so skinny I slapped him with the moniker “Stick Man”. His legs looked like twigs and his arms like pipe cleaners, especially when they were poking out from under a pair of shoulder pads.

If you look closely at the photo, however, you’ll notice that Christian has developed some guns. Check out the biceps, the bulging veins, the popatude! So even though I still call him “Stick Man”, the nickname no longer fits so well.