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Mario Manningham
No. 82     New York Giants
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: May 25, 1986 (1986-05-25) (age 23)
Place of birth: Warren, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 95
Debuted in 2008 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2009
Receptions     49
Receiving Yards     691
Receiving TDs     4
Stats at NFL.com

Mario Cashmere Manningham (born May 25, 1986, in Warren, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

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College career

2007 Michigan Wolverines football team huddle with Manningham (86), Ryan Mallett (15), Mike Hart (20), Jake Long (77), Adrian Arrington (16), Mike Massey (83), Justin Boren (65), Carson Butler (85), and Stephen Schilling (52) against Penn State

In 2005, as a freshman, Manningham recorded 27 receptions for 433 yards and six touchdowns, including the game-winning catch as time expired in the game against Penn State, handing the Nittany Lions their only loss that season.[1]

Manningham finished 2006 with a total 38 receptions 703 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week two weeks in a row, first against Notre Dame and then against Wisconsin.[2] During the sixth game of the season against Michigan State, Manningham injured his knee and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on October 10.[3] Manningham made his first game appearance after the injury as a reserve wide receiver on November 4 against Ball State.[4]

Manningham had a total of 72 receptions for 1,174 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007.[5]

After the 2007 season, Manningham opted to forgo his eligibility for his senior year in 2008 and entered the NFL Draft. He finished his career at Michigan with 137 receptions for 2,310 yards and 27 touchdowns. Those marks placed him ninth, fifth, and fourth, respectively, in school history.

Professional career

Pre-draft

Manningham had reportedly been removed from "multiple teams'" draft boards due to alleged marijuana use in college. Mario denied testing positive initially, then sent a letter to all 32 teams admitting he lied. Manningham claims he failed two drug tests at Michigan. [6] Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Manningham scored a 6 out of 50 on the Wonderlic exam. This along with several other problems caused his draft value to drop. [7]

New York Giants

2008 season

Manningham was selected in the third round (95th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.[8] During rookie training camp, Manningham noted that he looked forward to playing with fellow former Michigan Wolverine Amani Toomer.[9] Manningham signed a four-year deal worth up to $2.3 million. Manningham made his first reception on October 5, 2008 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks which the Giants won by a score of 44-6.

2009 season

Manningham has been working on his punt return abilities and will compete for the punt returner spot in 2009. [10]

Manningham kicked off the 2009 season by catching three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown en route to the Giants' 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins. He followed this up by catching 10 passes for 150 yards and a juggling sliding catch for a touchdown in the Giants' 33-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys.[11]

Manningham became the starting wide receiver opposite Steve Smith after fellow receiver Domenik Hixon was injured in a week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Manningham eventually lost his starting spot to rookie Hakeem Nicks.

Career receiving statistics

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
2008 New York Giants 7 4 26 6.5 -
2009 New York Giants 14 57 822 14.7 5
Total - 21 61 848 13.9 5

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