Camp Notes: Pro Rebels
Aug. 11, 2013
ELY (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV football team turned in one afternoon practice on Sunday but because the day is traditionally owned by the NFL, we'll take this chance to check in on all former UNLV players nowing playing their football in the league.
Eight Rebels are currently in the NFL, including two undrafted rookies that are making some noise.
2012 First Team All-Mountain West linebacker John Lotulelei had a nice pro debut last week by posting four solo tackles in the Seattle Seahawks' win over San Diego.
Running back Bradley Randle, who gave up his final year of eligibility at UNLV after graduating in the spring, led the Minnesota Vikings in rushing yards with three carries for 16 yards in the team's loss to Houston on Friday.
Both of those Rebel alums are trying to follow in the footsteps of Quinton Pointer. The defensive back signed with St. Louis as a undrafted free agent and ended up appearing in six games for the Rams. Q will try to make the active roster out of camp this fall.
Former Rebel defensive lineman Martin Tevaseu, who played for the New York Jets in 2011, appeared in 13 games a year ago for his current team, the Indianapolis Colts, posting 12 total tackles at nose guard.
His former college teammate, Isaako Aaitui, is currently looking to earn a spot with the New Orleans Saints after rehabbing a season ago.
Frank "The Tank" Summers, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and then spent some time with the Chargers, is also back after getting healthy and is currently listed as the No. 1 fullback on the depth chart of the Buffalo Bills.
The two veterans of UNLV's NFL contingent are offensive lineman Joe Hawley and cornerback Eric Wright. Hawley has been with the Atlanta Falcons since they drafted him in the fourth round in 2010. He has played in 37 games during his first three years and remains the team's backup center.
Wright has played for four teams since the Cleveland Browns selected him in the 2007 Draft. He played last year for Tampa Bay and has 81 career NFL starts to his name. On August 8 he was signed to a one-year contract by the San Francisco 49ers and was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List.