Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Former Southeast/Palmetto players join forces in UFL

When Chris Smith suits up for the Omaha Nighthawks this season he will be united with another Manatee County product, Julius Wilson from Southeast.

Smith, an under-heralded, under-sized cornerback when he finished his career at Palmetto in 2004, has turned himself into one of the best feel good stories of the year. Click here to read.

He recently signed a contract with Omaha and reports to the United Football League team for beginning of training camp on July 12th. He was drafted in the fourth round and 17th overall in the five team league.

However, Smith is keeping his options and is not opposed to getting into an NFL camp when the lockout ends. The Denver Broncos have showed the most interest in him, but others are keeping an eye on the first team 2010 Mid-American Conference selection.

Wilson, currently playing with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, played with Omaha last season and plans to return. The offensive linemen, who played at Alabama-Birmingham, spent some time previously with the Miami Dolphins practice squad.

There are some big names (or should we say former big names) on the Nighthawks roster including running back Maurice Clarett, the leading rusher on Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team and quarterback Eric Crouch, who won the Heisman Trophy at Nebraska in 2001.

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