Friday, May 1, 2009

Locals Looking To Turn Heads Of Bengals Brass

Rico Murray and Eric Thatcher are together again. They wore the blue and gold at Moeller High School. Now they are trying to fit into the professional football world of orange and black at Paul Brown Stadium. Both friends, both listed as cornerbacks, and both hoping to somehow fit into the same defensive backfield. Murray was signed as a rookie free agent and Thatcher is getting a tryout. Before the signings and after Moeller they went their separate ways. Thatcher played at Pitt and Murray at Kent State. Now they are back in Cincinnati and getting a shot to play for their hometown team. I had a chance to talk with them about it after practice Friday afternoon.
Eric is on the left, #21. Rico on the right, #28.

Other locals besides 5th round draft pick Kevin Huber attending the Bengals camp include Pernell Phillips of Taft (Central State), Steve Rehring of Lakota West (Ohio State), and Will Nolte from Indian Hill (Davidson). Linebackers Ryan Manalac and Torry Cornett from U.C. are also in camp in a tryout basis.

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