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Still kicking: Alvarado signs with UFL's Destroyers

Former USF kicker/punter Delbert Alvarado has another chance at a pro career, signing a contract with the UFL's Virginia Destroyers, where he'll compete for the team's place-kicking job.

"This is what I've been working for," said Alvarado, who moved to Texas last summer when he signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys. "To get any kind of opportunity like this is definitely exciting."

Alvarado had tried out for the Destroyers last year as a punter when the franchise was the Florida Tuskers, but by coincidence, caught the eye of Destroyers special-teams coach Mike Stock, who spent 18 years in the NFL in the same capacity. Alvarado had fared well in kicking combines run by former NFL kickers Michael Husted and Louis Aguilar.

Alvarado went to Texas hoping to become a Cowboy, and while he was cut in preseason by Dallas last year, he's become something of a cowboy in the past year, living on a 30-acre ranch in Whitesboro, north of Dallas. He got engaged to be married in December, and now reports for UFL camp in July, hopeful he can make the most of his UFL chance.

He's the third USF alum to sign a UFL contract this year, joining guard Frank Davis, who returns for Las Vegas. One of his teammates in Virginia will be former USF safety J.R. Reed, who played for Orlando last season until he suffered a season-ending ankle injury. Other Bulls who were passed over in this year's draft could join the UFL if the NFL lockout continues well into summer.

Posted by Greg Auman at 5:42:57 pm on May 17, 2011