Kent Auburn McCloughan (born February 12, 1940) is a former football defensive back. He played cornerback for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders from 1965 through 1969, and for the National Football League's Raiders in 1970, but his career ended early because of a devastating knee injury. He had a son named Dave McCloughan who played in the NFL from 1991 to 1994.
With Willie Brown, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is considered to be the originator or one of the earliest proficient exponents of Bump and run coverage, by which a defensive back impedes progress of the wide receiver by body contact, a style that was followed by later Oakland cornerbacks, such as Lester Hayes. The strategy appeared so successful in the eyes of NFL rule-makers that, to help the offense, the rules were changed in 1978, see Penalty (American football), so that bump and run coverage is currently allowed only for the first 5 yards and no farther upfield. Otherwise, a 5-yard penalty and an automatic first down for illegal contact are given in favor of the offense.
A native of Broken Bow, Nebraska, McCloughan established a Nebraska state record (21.4 sec) in the 220 yard dash in 1961, which stood until Kenzo Cotton broke it in 2012.
- ^ "Violent And Eloquent". CNN. October 5, 1981.
- ^ Cotton breaks 51-year-old record; Nichols wins 4 golds
- ^ "Ex-sprinter McCloughan glad to see record fall". Omaha World-Herald. May 21, 2012.
By Dean Hanley
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