Curtis Jeter rejoins Vipers
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Curtis Jeter is back where it all began.
Jeter, a Tennessee Valley Vipers defensive standout from 2000-03, has been assigned to the team along with former Virginia star safety Shernard Newby.
Both are expected to be in action Friday afternoon when the Vipers host the South Georgia Wildcats in a 2 p.m. scrimmage in the Von Braun Center arena. The game is open to the public and admission is free.
"We'll get a chance to find out who is who,'' Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos said. "We have to cut down to 22 players this weekend so it's going to be a big day for a lot of guys."
Jeter (6-foot, 290 pounds) spent the last two seasons with arenafootball2's Rio Grande Valley Dorados after totaling 51 tackles and 14 sacks during his four-year stint with the Vipers.
"It's been a long time and a lot has changed since I left,'' said Jeter, a former UAB star who played for the Arena Football League's Detroit Fury in 2004.
"I'm just hoping we can come back in and try to rebuild where we left off. A losing season around this town is unacceptable."
Newby (6-2, 220) was an All-ACC performer for the Cavaliers and had 50 tackles and three interceptions as a senior in 2002. For his career he had a 48-game total of 188 tackles and 11 interceptions.
"Newby comes in with a solid resume and plenty of talent while Curtis is a veteran with AFL experience,'' Theodosatos said. "When he gets in shape there should be no better nose (tackle) in the league. He has experience and savvy and should be a great asset to our younger players. But the key right now is to get him in shape so he can be the Curtis Jeter of old."
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