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UW-Platteville's Arnold hoping to catch on in NFL

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Several days removed, Dan Arnold was still having a hard time grasping exactly what had happened the weekend before and what was about to happen in the weekend to come.

"To be honest, I'm still not sure that it's a real thing. It just surprises me every day."

Arnold is back at UW-Platteville working out, just as he has the last few years. However, the next time he puts on a football jersey it won't be for the Pioneers. That jersey will have a NFL logo on it.

"When you're younger and you play all these NFL, Madden games and stuff, you always make your own player and put your own name on the back of the jersey and stuff. You're like, 'Oh yeah. I'll make it to the NFL some day.' It's kind of a cool experience to sit back and really think, 'Hey. That actually might come true. That might be a thing.' It's so surreal. Sometimes, you just have to look back and really be thankful for everything."

Arnold made that NFL dream a possibility by starring for the Pioneers over the past several seasons. The 6'5" receiver caught 65 passes as a senior. He had 16 touchdowns and averaged 18.1 yards per catch. That production led NFL scouts to Platteville. Those scouts were intrigued by what they saw. The tall receiver was also a track standout at UW-Platteville. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at his Pro Day and posted a 39.5 inch vertical leap. So, he believes he has the skill set to compete at the next level.

"There are some D-III guys who have come from here, and they get out there and surprise and show that, 'I'm definitely an athlete that can play in this league.' I'm hoping to be one of those guys."

Arnold was disappointed to not hear his name called during the draft. However, his phone soon started ringing with tryout offers. He is scheduled to participate in rookie minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs this upcoming weekend before moving on to the New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp a week later. Arnold is hoping one of those tryouts will lead to a contract offer.

"Coming from a D-III, you're always going to think, 'OK. Maybe the GM or maybe some of the scouts say, 'Oh. He's a D-III player.' It gets you kind of aggravated that you say, 'Yeah. I'm a player too. I can put up just as good as numbers as these guys.' You really want to show out with some of those guys."

The one-time Janesville resident will soon have his chance. He leaves Friday for Kansas City.

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