Remember Ronald Curry? He's the heralded two-sport star from Hampton, Va., who orally committed to Virginia before changing his mind and went to North Carolina, where he (to the delight of the Cavaliers' faithful) failed to live up to the hype he received as a prep standout.
Now, though, it turns out the hype may have been justified. Curry, who was drafted as a quarterback in the seventh round of the 2000 draft, is a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders. He has only 12 catches this season, but that's seven more than in his previous two seasons combined, and 10 of them have been for either a first down or a touchdown. He's also averaging 15.8 yards per catch and had the Raiders' only touchdown (the first of his career) in their 13-10 win over Buffalo in Week 2.
With Jerry Rice well past his prime and Jerry Porter as Oakland's only established receiving threat, Curry has a chance to make a name for himself.
Plus, with Rich Gannon hurt and Kerry Collins and Marques Tuiasosopo as the Raiders' only healthy quarterbacks, Curry will probably be Oakland's emergency third-stringer for the foreseeable future.