KNOXVILLE, TN- The Nighthawks have added two popular ex-Volunteers to
the 2012 roster.
Linebacker/defensive end LaMarcus Thompson and defensive Back Derrick
Furlow are the
latest additions to the roster for the inaugural professional indoor
season. Both players enjoy living in Knoxville and have chosen to stay
here after leaving
the University of Tennessee.
"Well I stayed in Knoxville because I love it here. It's a great place
to live, it has
the best of both worlds, has all the benefits of a big city and also has the
relationships you can build in a small town,'' Thompson said. " I am
also excited to be
playing football here in Knoxville again because the fans here are
great and very
supportive. I'm just glad to have an opportunity to keep playing football."
Thompson played for the Vols from 2006-2010 but was redshirted during
the 2006 season.
He had a career high of 60 tackles in the 2010 season and played in
all 13 games. Against
LSU, he recorded a personal-best of nine tackles after setting the
mark with 8 tackles
against University of Alabama-Birmingham the week before.
Furlow saw action in all 13 games of the 2009 season on the kickoff
coverage and return
teams. He had single tackles in four regular season games and also
in the Chick-fil-A
Bowl against Virginia Tech.
"I would like to say thanks to the Nighthawks for giving me the
opportunity to play for
them. I think bringing a team to Knoxville is a good thing for the
said. "I bleed orange and I am a Vol for life so once I got this
chance to play in front
of the big orange nation again, but wearing a different color, I could
not pass it up! We
plan on giving the fans some extra football to be excited about."
Coach Chris MacKeown is excited about the caliber of players that he
has gotten out of
Thompson and Furlow.
"Both of them are what we are looking for. High character, good
football players, and
overall good people are exactly the qualities we want in the players
on our team,"
MacKeown said. "They both played at a competive Division I school that
popular in this area. LaMarcus has impeccable skills and has been to
the highest level
with the Atlanta Falcons. Derrick is a big defensive back that will be
imperative to this
The Nighthawks will start training camp next week in preparation for
the pre-season game
on Friday, March 9th against the Alabama Hammers at Knoxville Civic
Coliseum. They will
start their season off on the road in Columbus on March 17th and have
their home opener
on Saturday, March 31st at 7:00pm at the KCC.
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