The Cleveland Trio
May 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Perhaps a name change to the Cleveland Rebels is in the works for a certain NFL team in Ohio as the Browns Monday announced the signing of a third UNLV football alumnus.
Former Rebel cornerback Mil'Von James beat the odds and was signed by the AFC team after emerging from a weekend tryout of 54 players, including a slew of DBs, looking for a home. As one of seven signed after the rookie mini-camp, he is now reunited with former UNLV teammates Eric Wright (San Francisco/Riordan HS), who was a second round pick by the Browns in 2007, and Beau Bell (Tustin, CA/Tustin HS), who was the team's top selection in last month's draft, going in the fourth round.
While going undrafted himself, James (Los Angeles/Fremont HS) impressed Browns head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Phil Savage enough to earn a contract and coveted spot on the team's preseason roster.
James started both of his seasons at UNLV after transferring from UCLA and sitting out the 2005 campaign. He had a breakout year in 2007, leading the nation in pass breakups with 19 (third-most ever by a Rebel in one season) while ranking fourth in passes defended with 1.67 per game.
Named Second Team All-Mountain West Conference, he totaled 45 tackles, forced two fumbles and hauled in his first career interception in the final game of his college career at New Mexico. He also returned three kickoffs for 64 yards (21.3 YPR).
Another former Rebel, defensive end Jeremy Geathers (Andrews, SC/Butler CC) was one of 16 non-drafted free-agent players signed by the New Orleans Saints last week. The son of former longtime NFL player Jumpy Geathers, he will be in New Orleans to participate in the team's rookie mini-camp on May 8-11.