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Kyle Hunt goes through a drill Tuesday at Phildelphia Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pa. (D. Keevill)
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Five Former Southeast Players Participate in NFL Training Camps

Aug. 1, 2007

By Tyler Koonce, Assistant Football Contact

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Five former Southeast Missouri State football players are participating in NFL training camps. Eugene Amano, Dan Connolly, Kyle Hunt, Edgar Jones and Dimitri Patterson are all fighting for roster spots for separate teams.

Amano, the 2003 Rimington Award winner as the top center in Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Divsion I-AA), enters his fifth season with the Tennessee Titans. He has seen action in 47 games, including three starts, since being drafted by the franchise in the 7th round of the 2004 draft. The Titans camp is being held at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn.

Connolly, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2005 draft, enters his third season with the team. He played in four games as a rookie and spent his entire second season on injured reserve. The Jaguars are training at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Edgar Jones (64) and his teammates listen to instruction from Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks. (Photo courtesy Baltimore Ravens)

Hunt is trying to make the Phildelphia Eagles as a tight end after playing defensive end the past two years at Southeast. Prior to playing for the Redhawks, he was an All-American tight end at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. Phildelphia's offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, and special teams coordinator, Rory Segrest, are former Southeast assistants. The Eagles are working out at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Jones, who led FCS with 12 quarteback sacks last season, is working out as an outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Like Connolly, he signed as a free agent immediately after the draft. He was named a first team All-American by The Sports Network as a senior and was named Most Valuable Player of the Magnolia Gridiron Classic all-star game. Baltimore training camp is taking place at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

Patterson, who played three seasons at Southeast, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a cornerback. In 2003, he was named a second team All-American by The Sports Network after leading the Ohio Valley Conference with six interceptions and 12 passes broken up. The Chiefs hold training camp at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in River Falls, Wis., which is the site of this year's HBO reality television series, Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs that debuts on Wednesday, August 8 at 9 p.m. CST.


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