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Yarber Provides 'Skins With Many Happy Returns

December 27, 1986|DAVE MORGAN

"The doctors said I would be as fast as I was before the injury and that I'd be running in two months," Yarber said. "I didn't think there was any way that would happen, but I listened to everything they told me, and I wound up running faster times for the pro scouts than I had before the injury."

Washington drafted him on the 12th round, to the surprise of no one who had come in contact with him.

"To think of that little squat catching punts in the NFL makes me quiver sometimes," Ferrero said. "He's just an incredible overachiever. He has an incredible desire to succeed, and I knew wherever he went that he'd make it."

Said Buchanan: "What paid off for Eric is that he used his size as an advantage. He knew he wasn't going to get any taller, so he worked on his speed, quickness, catching ability and savvy on the field so somebody had to look at him."

And Buchanan will be doing just that Sunday. "I will be glued to my TV set," he said.

On the eve of his first playoff game, Yarber figures his road to the NFL carries a message-- "Keep hold of your dreams, no matter what, and they can come true."

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