VA Union Trio Gets NFL Looks

Virginia Union’s Brian Smith is one of three Panthers who could end up on NFL rosters in 2013. (QCity Metro photo).

These days, for an HBCU football program to get have one player getting professional looks is pretty good. So it’s a pretty big deal that Virginia Union, a private, Division II HBCU, has three players who will get a shot to make an NFL roster this season.

Defensive end Kentrell Harris signed with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Harris told the Daytona-Beach News Journal he was contacted by at least a half dozen NFL teams.
The 6’4 defensive end started his collegiate career at Division I Bethune-Cookman as a safety. He recorded 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2012.


Harris’ teammate, defensive back Brian Smith, also got a call from an NFL team this week.The 6’0, 171 pound defensive back has been invited to New York Jets mini-camp.

// out the trio is defensive back Andre Kates, who has signed with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a press release on the Virginia Union athletic site. Kates transferred to VUU from Indiana after a social media controversy led to his suspension from the school. Kates led VUU with five interceptions in 2012.




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