Marshall heads back to Tampa, hopes for NFL shot
All that's been announced formally is that the UFL has postponed its 2011 season for a month, but former USF defensive end Craig Marshall said Tuesday he's headed home to Tampa after being told by the Hartford Colonials he can sign with another league.
"Everybody's headed back home now," said Marshall, who had left Tampa for Connecticut nine days ago and was staying in a hotel with other Colonials players at the team's expense. "There's something going on with the front office but we're not exactly sure what. My coaches told me we're free to sign (with an NFL team) with no prejudice against us at all."
The UFL, hoping for an extended NFL lockout, had scheduled its season to start in mid-August, but with a resolution in sight for the NFL, that's been pushed back a month and potentially longer. Marshall was not drafted in April, and because of the lockout, NFL teams were not allowed to sign undrafted rookies as free agents. Marshall said he's hopeful of landing a spot in an NFL camp.
Marshall is one of five former USF players on UFL rosters -- receiver Huey Whittaker ended his season with the Tampa Bay Storm two games early so he could sign with the UFL's Virginia Destroyers, who also have kicker Delbert Alvarado and safety J.R. Reed. Whittaker said from Virginia by phone Tuesday he's also headed back home to Tampa and has been told he can sign elsewhere if he's offered a chance to play. Guard Frank Davis is also in the UFL with Las Vegas.