Thursday, April 22, 2010

Higdon an NFL free agent possibility

As reported in my column today in the Bradenton Herald, Southeast High grad Aaron Higdon appears to be Manatee County’s best chance of landing a free agent NFL contract after this week’s draft is completed.

The 5-8, 190 pound sparkplug played at NCAA Division II University of Charleston (W.Va) last fall. But don’t let the level of competition fool you, the 22 year-old put up some impressive numbers and showed he is a legitimate breakaway threat.

What he accomplished reminds us of what Rod Harper, another Southeast grad, did in the Arena Football League before signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints prior to last season. His skill as a returner locked his deal up with the Super Bowl champs.

Higdon led the nation (Division I and Division II) with a whopping 9.9 yards per carry picking up 659 yards on 66 attempts. He also ranked 25th nationally in Division II in All Purpose yards with 1,447.

Higdon recently had a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is represented by Bogo Sports Management in Tampa, which is also representing Delbart Alvarado, a punter/kicker who finished his career last season with the University of South Florida.

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