USF's Marshall chooses UFL over wait for NFL
Football players passed over in last month's NFL Draft have faced an interesting decision: Do you wait out the NFL lockout with hopes of landing in a training camp as a rookie free agent this summer, or take a sure paycheck and sign with the UFL?
Former USF defensive end Craig Marshall has chosen the latter, signing Wednesday with the UFL's Hartford Colonials. USF already has guard Frank Davis with the Las Vegas Locomotives and kicker Delbert Alvarado and safety J.R. Reed with the Virginia Destroyers.
By signing with the UFL, Marshall cannot sign with an NFL team until the UFL season has ended in mid-October, but he also will have a chance to showcase himself to potential NFL employers while others are waiting for the lockout to end. Marshall, who was among USF's top pass-rushers last season despite missing a month with a broken foot, caught the Colonials' attention at an open tryout in Georgia, according to the league's daily transaction update.