Bogan, Genus now headed to 49ers, Packers
Almost three months after they were passed over in the NFL Draft, former Bulls standouts Dontavia Bogan and Sampson Genus have found their NFL homes, agreeing to free-agent deals Monday with the 49ers and Packers, respectively.
Monday night was the first window in which NFL teams could sign undrafted rookies, and Bogan and Genus were two of USF's best prospects after the three Bulls taken in the draft -- defensive tackle Terrell McClain (Panthers), linebacker Jacquian Williams (Giants) and defensive back Mistral Raymond (Vikings). Defensive end Craig Marshall said Monday night that he's spoken with a "couple of teams" about going to preseason camp.
(UPDATE: Marshall said Tuesday morning that he hasn't officially signed, but expects to sign with the Giants, a move that would reunite him with former Bulls teammates Jason Pierre-Paul and Jacquian Williams. Giants camp opens Friday and Marshall expects to leave Tampa on Thursday. He had signed with the UFL's Hartford Colonials, but left last week after the league pushed back its start amid financial concerns.)
(UPDATE UPDATE: One more former Bulls player signing in the NFL - linebacker Brandon Peguese, who played at USF in 2006-07 before transferring to I-AA Hampton for his last three years, has signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie.)
For Bogan, it's a reunion with former USF coach Jim Leavitt, who is entering his first season as the 49ers' linebackers coach. And Genus has a chance to join the defending Super Bowl champions, who did not draft a center in April. San Francisco did take one receiver in the draft, taking USC's Ronald Johnson in the sixth round.
We'll have more news as other Bulls alums find new NFL homes -- linebackers Stephen Nicholas and Kawika Mitchell, for instance, are unrestricted free agents -- and we'll start rolling out those positional previews as well.
-- To update what's been an outstanding 2011 for Bulls closer Kevin Quackenbush: After what was the lowest season ERA in USF history, Quackenbush has posted a 0.44 ERA in his first 17 games with the Eugene Emeralds -- that's one run, period, in his first 20.2 innings, with a strong 33-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's leading his league with nine saves and has now earned a promotion to High Class A Fort Wayne.