The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran linebacker Rod Wilson to a contract. The Jaguars waived rookie wide receiver Derrick Townsel to make room on the roster.
Wilson, 6-2, 230, has spent time with the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has played in 36 games since entering the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick of Chicago in 2005, and produced 30 special teams tackles and 12 tackles on defense.
A native of Cross, S.C., Wilson played in eight games for the Buccaneers in 2009 before he was placed on injured reserve. He produced career-high 16 special teams tackles for the Bears in 2007.
Wilson was a four-year letterman at South Carolina where he played four different positions: quarterback, wide receiver, safety and linebacker. He earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior linebacker after finishing with a team-high 68 tackles.
JU RECEIVING CORP MAKING CAMP INTERESTING
The JU Dolphins return all four starters from last season and have added talented freshmen to the mix.
“We have a lot of talented guys that can make a lot of plays for us this year,” Bell said. “The depth we have at receiver is tremendous. We’ve got eight, nine or 10 guys that we can put out there and feel very comfortable with all the time.”
Headlining the group is junior Josh Philpart, coming off the best receiving year in program history – catching 45 passes for a school-record 913 yards.
“Josh is having a good camp and we’re expecting another big year from him,” Bell said. “He’s become one of the top receivers in the country and we expect him to get better this year.”
Philpart is just one of the many weapons that JU quarterbacks will be throwing to this season. The group includes Larry Thompson, Rodney Sumter, Elliott Finkley and a few freshmen that have made their mark in camp thus far – Dorian Guy and Adrian Riley.
“The competition from the young guys coming to camp has really pushed our guys to a new level,” Bell said. “Larry is having a great camp and we’re expecting him to have a breakout year. Rodney is having the best camp of his career and has really taken his game up a notch. With Elliott, you have an extremely talented receiver who can do so many positive things that we want to get the ball in his hands a lot.
“Then, you have two freshmen that have really stood out to me – Dorian Guy and Adrian Riley. Dorian can really fly and he’s really shined so far in camp. Adrian is a guy who is a beast and catches everything. Once he gets off the line, he’s really hard to cover.”
WYNDHAM EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP FOR PGA TOUR EVENT
The PGA TOUR, the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has announced a two-year title sponsorship extension for the Wyndham Championship, through 2012.
Wyndham Worldwide’s original four-year agreement was through this week’s tournament at Sedgefield Country Club. The first year of Wyndham Worldwide’s title sponsorship coincided with the debut of the FedExCup in 2007. The Wyndham Championship has played a pivotal role in the FedExCup as the final tournament of the Regular Season, determining the final seedings for the PGA TOUR Playoffs.