Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Age: 30
Born: 5/25/1986 Warren , OH
Selected By: New York Giants
Pick (Overall): 32 (95)
Mario Manningham is as smooth as his middle name -- Cashmere -- when it comes to running routes.
The slight-framed receiver had great success as the favorite target for Wolverine quarterback Chad Henne. Playing mostly at split end, he finished his career ranked fifth in school history for receiving yards (2,310), fourth in touchdown catches (27) and ninth for receptions (137). All but seven of his touchdown grabs have come from outside the red zone.
At Warren G. Harding High School, Manningham was a Parade All-American, first-team All-State, All-District and All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. He was rated 12th on the Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" list and was a four-star prospect that was ranked the fifth-best receiver nationally and third-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com.
College Football News rated Manningham as the sixth-best wide receiver and 43rd player overall in the country. He was named Prep Star's Dream Team as the sixth-rated receiver prospect in the nation and was named the seventh-best receiver prospect by Student Sports Hot 100 recruits.
Manningham started the last two years of his three-year career. He had 105 catches for 1,883 yards and 24 receiving touchdowns in his final two seasons and also tallied four interceptions at cornerback during his career. He had 52 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior season, including seven grabs for 251 yards and three scores vs. Glenville, as he clinched the team's victory with an interception and 50-yard return for a score in the waning moments.
Manningham caught 32 passes for 626 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior and made 21 catches for 436 yards and three scores his sophomore year. He also lettered in basketball, earning honorable mention All-State his senior year. The three-year varsity letterwinner averaged 17 points as a senior after posting a career-best 21-point average his junior year, gaining All-Conference and All-District honors during his final two years.
As a freshman at Michigan in 2005, Manningham was a Freshman All-American honorable mention and Freshman All-Big Ten Conference choice by The Sporting News. The UM receiver was going to enroll at Ohio State, but the Wolverines wrested him away from his in-state team. He went on to catch 27 passes for 433 yards (16.0-yard average) and six touchdowns while starting three of 12 games at split end, sharing that spot with Steve Breaston.
A partially torn medial collateral ligament and meniscus in his right knee vs. Michigan State required arthroscopic surgery in 2006, as Manningham started nine of 10 games in which he played. The Rivals.com All-American third-team pick finished third on the squad with 38 catches for 703 yards (18.5-yard average) and nine scores while lining up at flanker.
Manningham shifted back to split end in 2007, starting 11 of 12 games. He led the team with 72 receptions and led the Big Ten Conference with 1,174 yards (16.3-yard average), as he scored 12 times. He also rushed 19 times for 119 yards.
While his 72 catches are impressive, the fact that he had 142 passes thrown to him, leaving 70 potential receptions on the field, drew the ire of former head coach Lloyd Carr, who said Manningham didn't play as well as he can.
Manningham was also suspended by the coaching staff for the Eastern Michigan game, for what Carr first cited as a violation of team policy. It was later revealed that the staff was made aware of an off-field incident on April 25. He was one of three people in a car registered to Manningham's father on a road from Ann Arbor to his home in Ohio.
In southern Monroe County, not far from the state line, an unmarked car pulled up behind the Cadillac. The sheriff's deputy searched the three young men and the car. The two passengers had a small amount of marijuana in their clothing. The deputy found 500-milligram tablets of Vicodin, a prescription pain killer and a controlled substance, in Manningham's pockets and a couple in his suitcase in the trunk.
The three young men were arrested and transported to a nearby State Police post.
Manningham was questioned about the pills. He said that after undergoing surgery in January, he had been prescribed Vicodin, but he had run out and borrowed a few from a teammate for his upcoming car trip.
In late October, prosecutor William Nichols announced he has decided no warrant against Manningham would be issued and he would not be charged with a felony for possession of Vicodin pills not specifically prescribed for him. He could have been charged with a felony.
Manningham closed out his career by starting 24 of the 34 games in which he played. He had 137 receptions for 2,310 yards (16.9-yard average) and 27 touchdowns, scoring 162 points. He added 176 yards on 31 carries and 17 yards on a punt return, amassing 2,503 all-purpose yards, an average of 73.62 yards per game.