Preds Sign For Georgia Tech Standout
Orlando, Fla. (June 7, 2007) - Former Georgia Tech standout receiver Levon Thomas has signed a two-year contract with the Orlando Predators. The move was one of four roster transactions the Predators turned in on Thursday as they wrapped up preparations for Saturday night's key game with the New York Dragons.
Thomas played with the Yellow Jackets from 2001-04, where he played in 42 career games. As a senior, Thomas was the second leading receiver on the team - catching 32 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns. He was the team's leading kick returner and finished the season with more than 1,000 all-purpose yards. In his career, he totaled 66 receptions for 928 yards and six touchdowns. He had five plays of 40 or more yards in his career, including three plays of 50 or more yards.
Following college, Thomas signed as a free agent with the Indianpolis Colts. He spent the majority of season on the Colts practice squad, but was active for one game. Thomas went to camp with the New Orleans Saints last year.
"Levon is an explosive receiver, who has great hands and runs accurate routes," Head Coach Jay Gruden. "We've had a hard time covering him in practice and I am anxious to see him in game conditions." Thomas has spent the last 11 days with the Predators as a member of the practice squad.
Thomas could play as early as Saturday against the Dragons.
In other transactions, the Predators announced they were activating starting center Justin Cleveland off of the injured reserve list. Cleveland (strained foot arch) was injured in the May 4 game against Georgia and has missed the last four contests.
To make room on the roster for Thomas and Cleveland, the Predators placed nose tackle Bernard Holsey (hamstring) and center Delanio Taylor (knee) on injured reserve. Holsey hurt his hamstring in last week's game against San Jose; while Taylor has been bothered by chronic knee pain all season - returning to the injured reserve list for the third time this season.
Orlando (7-6) returns to action this week traveling to Long Island to meet the New York Dragons (5-8). Orlando defeated the Dragons, 52-47, back on April 24 in Orlando. The Predators can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Dragons. "It's a big game for both teams. We're trying to stop a two-game losing streak and gain some momentum for the playoffs and they are fighting for their playoff lives," Gruden added.
Central Florida fans can watch the game on SUN Sports beginning at 7p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on WQTM 740 AM, with pre-game starting at 6:30 p.m.
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