Familiar Names Tryout for the Bolts
By Sonny Sanders
Birmingham Bolts Co-Reporter
the Thunderbolts held an invitation only tryout camp.
Among those in attendance were former players from
Auburn, Alabama, and UAB. Names that are familiar
to the Birmingham football fans. These players were
not benchwarmers in college. Some of the players are
very good, but not NFL caliber. A notch below you
list includes former Auburn players Jimmy Brumbaugh,
Andy Fuller, and James Willis. Those representing
Alabama were Curtis Alexander, Dennis Riddle, Shamari
Buchanan, and Prince Wimbley. Also present were ex-UAB
players Kevin Drake, Melvin Sidney and Anthony Blevins.
bolts were also looking at other SEC players in the
camp such as former Arkansas running back Chrys Chukwuma
and ex-LSU QB Herb Tyler.
this point, with nothing to compare it
with, the talent level appears rather
good. Time will tell. With a roster of
former SEC players the names will be familiar
and the quality should be good. It appears
that the Birmingham franchise could become
what the Birmingham Stallions might have
been had the USFL not failed. The Stallions
were good and the talent was at a high
level. The fan interest was also there.
Unfortunately the league folded. The XFL
has the money, exposure, and the T.V.
contract to survive. A good team of recognizable
players would almost guarantee success.
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