Colonials Sign 12 Players
EAST HARTFORD, CT - May 12, 2011 - The Hartford Colonials signed the following players to contracts for 2011 United Football League season. Terms of the deals are not disclosed.
POS. PLAYER 2010 TEAM SCHOOL HT. WT. DOB
P JY BOND HARTFORD (UFL) NO COLLEGE 6-3 222 4/22/79
WR JASON CHERY HARTFORD LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 5-10 185 5/31/85
DB MANNY COLLINS HARTFORD RUTGERS 5-10 190 8/2/84
DB *-BEN HANNULA HARTFORD, NY GIANTS (NFL) SAN DIEGO 6-2 205 10/13/85
RB TORY HARRISON HARTFORD SOUTHERN MISS 6-1 188 12/13/87
LB FRANTZ JOSEPH HARTFORD FLORIDA ATLANTIC 6-2 206 6/12/86
WR SHAHEER MCBRIDE HARTFORD DELAWARE STATE 6-2 205 2/6/85
LB CLINT MCPEEK HARTFORD NEW MEXICO 6-2 226 12/22/86
LB JOE MORTENSEN HARTFORD KANSAS 6-1 250 7/27/86
DS CHAD NKANG WINNIPEG (CFL) ELON 5-11 215 7/1/85
WR AARON VALENTIN HARTFORD, CLEVELAND (NFL) PURDUE 6-1 205 6/18/87
DB KYLE WHITEHURST HARTFORD HAMPTON 6-2 178 1/19/82
*- signed from Professional Exempt list. All others signed from Protected Player list
Jy Bond - UFL: Averaged 36.9 yards on 39 punts in 2010 with Hartford. Longest was 56 yards. NFL: Spent 2009 offseason with the Miami Dolphins and part of 2010 with New York Giants before being waived June 21. Did not play in college. Has worked with fellow Australian punters Darren Bennett and Sav Rocca.
Jason Cherry - UFL: Eight receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown in 2010 with Hartford. Caught a 59-yard TD pass in 27-10 win over Sacrament on Sept. 18. NFL: Appeared in 2010 NFL training camp with Green Bay Packers. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Practice squad with the Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Manny Collins - UFL: First on team with six passes defended and third with 31 total tackles in 2010 with Hartford. NFL: New York Jets practice squad in 2007.
Ben Hannula - UFL: Registered 16 tackles and had two passes defended in 2010 with Hartford. NFL: Signed to New York Giants practice squad on Dec. 16, 2010. Participated in Giants mini-camp in April 2010 as a cornerback and spent time at Seattle Seahawks mini-camp in 2009 as a wide receiver.
Tory Harrison - UFL: Signed with Hartford on Oct. 27, 2010. Originally signed by Colonials on Aug. 22 and attended training camp. NFL: Signed by Green Bay Packers as free agent following the 2010 NFL draft.
Frantz Joseph - UFL: Hartford defensive captain in 2010. Made 26 tackles and broke up one pass. NFL: Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent following the 2009 draft.
Shaheer McBride - UFL: Had eight receptions for 123 yards with Hartford in 2010. NFL: Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent following the 2008 draft and spent the season on the team's practice squad. Released by Eagles on Aug. 25, 2009.
Clint McPeek - UFL: Made his professional debut with Hartford in 2010 after being taken in the 11th round of the UFL Draft. Registered 11 tackles in four games. Missed four games with injury.
Joe Mortenson - UFL: Played in the UFL the last two years with Hartford (2010) and New York Sentinels (2009). Key member of the special teams for Hartford. Made 10 tackles.
Chad Nkang - NFL: Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round in 2007. Played in 23 games in 2007-08, registering 22 tackles and one forced fumble. In 2007, set a single-season record with 30 tackles on special teams in 16 games. Had six special teams tackles against Oakland. CFL: Played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2010.
Aaron Valentin - UFL: Signed by Hartford on Nov. 8, 2010. NFL: Signed by Cleveland as undrafted free agent and spent part of the offseason with the Browns. NCAA: Played at Purdue (2008-09) and had 65 career receptions for 845 yards and nine touchdowns for the Boilermakers. Was second on the team with 54 catches in 2009. Returned punts (12.1 avg.) and kickoffs (21.9).
Kyle Whitehurst - UFL: Had 17 tackles, second among Hartford cornerbacks, and broke up five passes in 2010. Attended an open tryout for the Colonials in Petersburg, Va. Previously played arena football for the Omaha Beef.
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