Rebels Make Final NFL Rosters
Aug 31, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Four former UNLV players made final 53-man NFL rosters on Saturday while one more is still with a team.
UNLV's leading tackler last season, linebacker John Lotulelei, surprisingly went undrafted in the spring after turning in an impressive performance at the NFL Combine. However, Lotulelei signed a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks and performed so well in camp that he earned a spot with the team. Lotulelei's younger brother, Tau, is a freshman linebacker for the Rebels this year.
Frank "The Tank" Summers was out of football last season while rehabbing an injury. The big running back, who was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 and also spent time with the San Diego Chargers, signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills on April 18 and today made the team as its starting fullback.
Cornerback Quinton Pointer was last year's success story as he made the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent and now will be back with the club for a second year after surviving the final cuts.
Veteran offensive lineman Joe Hawley, drafted in 2010 by the Atlanta Falcons, will be back for his fourth season as the squad's No. 2 center.
The final player still on a roster today is former star cornerback Eric Wright, who after starting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago, is currently with the San Francisco 49ers but listed on the roster under Reserve/Non-Football Injury.
Three other former Rebs were not as fortunate and are now looking to hook up with new teams. Running back Bradley Randle, who gave up his final season of eligibility this year, was cut by the Minnesota Vikings earlier in the week despite making news with a tremendous preseason camp. Also, two former UNLV defensive linemen were let go by their respective teams on Saturday: Isaako Aaitui (New Orleans Saints) and Martin Tevaseu (Indianapolis Colts).