We’re catching up with Grambling State football products who have gone on to the professional ranks in the latest edition of TheDerisoReport mailbag …
1. Have any former GSU players signed a free-agent contract? — Darren
There were three Grambling defenders in camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. Grambling defender Melvin Matthews, however, didn’t return on Saturday as first-year coach Raheem Morris continues bringing in a truckload of unsigned rookie free agents. Also released in a flurry of moves at Tampa was fellow GSU product Greg Fassitt, a cornerback. Jeffery Jack, a safety and linebacker at Grambling, earned a try out, as well — though I haven’t heard if he has yet earned a roster spot. The Buccaneers front office staff includes ex-GSU player and coach Doug Williams. … Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks released cornerback DeMichael Dizer on Friday, too.
2. What about in the other leagues? — T.J.
Johnnie Butler, a track athlete at Grambling, had fourth-quarter touchdown catches of 25 and 30 yards to give the Albany Firebirds a 50-41 victory over the Mahoning Valley Thunder in arenafootball2 action last week. … John Scroggins, a transfer standout at GSU, plays for the af2’s Peoria Pirates; Gary Cooper, a backup to record-smashing Tigers quarterback Bruce Eugene, is with the Corpus Christi Sharks; OL/DL Arthur Smith is with the af2’s Florida Firecats. … Drafted in the seventh round in 1991 by the Detroit Lions, GSU product Franklin Thomas also played with NFL Europe’s Barcelona (Spain) Dragons before moving indoors with the Houma, La.-based Bayou Bucks. He’s remained in Houma, where he now coaches that city’s Conquerors of the Southern Indoor Football League. … The SIFL’s Austin Turfcats are led by Gramblinite Darrick Wallace, who had 144 all-purpose yards in the opening game of this season.
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