Tuesday, September 6, 2016

S.C. State Bulldogs earn NFL roster spots

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- Four players from South Carolina State’s 2015 football squad have earned roster spots on National Football League teams.

Bulldog standouts Javon Hargrave (Pittsburgh), Temmarick Hemingway (Los Angeles Rams) and Antonio Hamilton (Oakland Raiders) secured positions on the 53-man roster, while Jalen "Scoot" Simmons (Carolina Panthers) was signed to the practice squad.

• Hargrave (6-2, 305), a third-round pick by the Steelers, was the most notable rookie to make an NFL roster. The Bulldog defensive lineman, who earned All-America honors and several other accolades at S.C. State, had an outstanding preseason for the Steelers and is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at nose guard.

• Hemingway (6-5, 245), an All-America tight end for the Bulldogs and a sixth-round pick by the Rams, was one of the first tight ends taken in this year’s draft. In preseason action, Hemingway had five catches for 70 yards (14 yards per catch).


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