TDR mailbag: Grambling free-agent signings, pro notes

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.

PREVIOUS MAILBAGS:
TDR mailbag: Bayou Classic payout, all-time QB greats
TDR mailbag: Non-conference scheduling, Legends Hall of Fame
TDR mailbag: ‘Conditional’ NCAA certification; offensive playcalling
TDR mailbag: Non-conference foes, the draft, a Thursday night game
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6 comments

  1. Don't you thank it not fair to our players in the SWAC to go undrafted. We have only produced some of the league best player in all of the history of the NFL.

  2. Don’t you thank it not fair to our players in the SWAC to go undrafted. We have only produced some of the league best player in all of the history of the NFL.

  3. Dmack, those days are gone and those players are now playing at BCS schools. We have a great program at GSU. Our depth is great and we anticipate playing for the SWAC Championship each year. However, there is a hugh gap (talent level) between players playing in the SWAC and the players playing at BCS schools.

    What's un-fair is our (GSU and SWAC) in-ability to recruit players that are penciled in as playing on Sunday someday. When we are able to compete at the recruiting level, draft day will not be an issue.

  4. Dmack, those days are gone and those players are now playing at BCS schools. We have a great program at GSU. Our depth is great and we anticipate playing for the SWAC Championship each year. However, there is a hugh gap (talent level) between players playing in the SWAC and the players playing at BCS schools.

    What’s un-fair is our (GSU and SWAC) in-ability to recruit players that are penciled in as playing on Sunday someday. When we are able to compete at the recruiting level, draft day will not be an issue.


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