Bucs work out ex-hoops, Australian Rules football player
From the No Stone Unturned Department, among the three tight ends the Bucs brought in for workouts on Tuesday was Eric Wallace, a 27-year-old who played college basketball and spent the last three years playing Australian Rules football.
Wallace, who has tight end size at 6-foot-7 and 233 pounds, hadn't played football since middle school when the Carolina Panthers signed him in July. He barely played in the preseason -- 12 snaps total -- but made it to Carolina's final cuts. The Bucs did not sign him from the workout, his first since being cut, but have him on their radar as a developmental player. He's due to work out for the Panthers on Wednesday, according to his agent, John Apple.
Wallace, who went to rookie minicamp with the Saints but was not signed, certainly has a nontraditional background -- he played college basketball at Ohio State, DePaul and Seattle University -- in his one season at DePaul, he averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He did not play football in high school or college, but got a long look from the Panthers in preseason. Here's his player page from Aussie rules, where his position was "ruckman."