NFL: Marshall-Giants, Gidrey-'Skins, Bedford-Colts
USF football's class of 2011, which had three players drafted, now has five signing free-agent deals to go to NFL camps this week, the latest being defensive end Craig Marshall to the Giants, tight end Kevin Gidrey to the Redskins and defensive end David Bedford to the Colts.
Marshall will be reunited with former teammates Jason Pierre-Paul and Jacquian Williams (and NFL veteran Stephen Nicholas could be joining them in New York), and Gidrey gets a shot with the team he knew best growing up in Virginia Beach.
"All you heard was Redskins," said Gidrey, who came to USF with Skip Holtz for his final college season after graduating from East Carolina. "It was a blessing to get the call from them today."
Gidrey has worked hard to keep in shape in the seven months since USF's season ended -- he's still at 245 pounds, about where he played at for the Bulls. Bedford, impressively, is the third USF defensive lineman from last year's team to earn a spot in an NFL camp, joining Marshall and defensive tackle Terrell McClain, who was drafted by the Panthers.
Another former USF player, Hampton linebacker Brandon Peguese, signed with the Eagles. Peguese redshirted at USF in 2006 and played one season with the Bulls before transferring to the I-AA school.
-- USF has finalized a deal to open the 2012 season at home against I-AA Chattanooga on Sept. 1 in Tampa. The Mocs will get $435,000 from USF -- a good deal for the Bulls by today's guarantee rates -- to play the game. USF's 2012 schedule is now complete. And just to clarify because we've had it the other way around in previous blog posts: the USF-Indiana football series has a game in Tampa in 2015, then in Bloomington in 2016.