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Vipers sign former UNA star Boyd, Troy DB Harper

December 12, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Over 50 players were on hand for Sunday afternoon's Tennessee Valley Vipers tryout camp and following a lengthy and intense workout coach Milt Theodosatos signed four players to his 2007 squad.

Former North Alabama defensive back Tyus Boyd, quarterback D.T. McDowell and defensive back Ronald Harper out of Troy, and Texas College defensive end Jon Williams will report to training camp in mid-March.

"We had players from Chicago, California, Florida , North Carolina - we had them from all over,'' Theodosatos said. "We signed four players and we're still looking hard at a couple of others.

"Boyd has some solid indoor experience and McDowell looked really, really good,'' Theodosatos said. "Harper looked excellent and Williams is our real sleeper. He is 6-foot-3, 275 pounds and ran a 4.7 second 40-yard dash. He can play all over the field and I wasn't about to let him get away."

Boyd played for the Tennessee Valley Raptors in 2005 following a four-year career at UNA. He had 73 tackles, including 24 in eight games for the Lions in '05. The son of former Alabama standout Thomas Boyd, he was an all-area selection at Buckhorn High under Steve Mask.

Harper (5-11, 198) had 34 tackles, a sack and two pass breakups during his 2004 senior season at Troy and totaled 93 tackles for his career. His brother, Roman, played at Alabama and now for the New Orleans Saints, while his father, Ronald, played at Alabama State and later for the Kansas City Chiefs.

As a freshman quarterback for the Trojans in 2004, McDowell (6-0, 193) completed 42 of 104 passes for 585 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Williams had 32 tackles and a sack in 10 games as a senior for Texas College in 2005.

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