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Four FVSU Players Sign with NFL
Four FVSU Players Sign with NFL


Just one day after the National Football League (NFL) lockout ended, the flood gates of free agent signing opened and for Fort Valley State University (FVSU), the wave of free agent signees crested with an all-time high for the Wildcats.  With the signing of Ricardo Lockette, Dionte Dinkins, Darnell Burks, and Narada Williams, it was the first time in the school’s history that four players were signed as free agents in the same year.

News of the first FVSU player signed as a free agent came early in the day when speedster Ricardo Lockette was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.  While barely missing being selected in the NFL draft, Lockette, a native of Albany, Georgia, was the first wide receiver to be selected as a free agent.  At 6’2, 215lbs, Lockette finished the 2010 season as the Wildcats third leading receiver with a total of 23 receptions for 262 yards.  He averaged 11.4 yards per catch and had one touchdown grab.  As the team’s kick return specialist, he averaged 24 yards per return.

The next FVSU player signed as a free agent was defensive back Dionte Dinkins.  He was signed by the St. Louis Rams.  At 6’2, 195lbs, Dinkins is the prototypical defensive back.  Despite an early injury, he finished the 2010 FVSU season with 16 tackles; one interception; five pass break-ups; six passes defended; one forced fumble; and two blocked kicks.

Interest in defensive back Darnell Burks was extremely high among the NFL franchises.  After all, Burks was noted as one of the fiercest defensive backs in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and finished fifth in tackles for the Wildcats in tackles in his senior campaign.  With offers from multiple teams, Burks signed with the New York Giants.  In 2010, the Shellman, Georgia native tallied 54 tackles for FVSU. He also had 10.5 tackles for losses totaling 71 yards and registered 5.5 sacks for 50 yard.   Burks had two interceptions on the season along four pass break ups; six passes defended; two quarterback hurries; one fumble recovery; one forced fumble; and one blocked kick.

The day concluded with word that the Detroit Lions had signed FVSU’s Narada Williams as a free agent.  Williams, 6’4, 255lbs, finished the 2010 FVSU season with 35 tackles and eight tackles for losses.  He also had 4.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.  Williams is from Douglasville, Georgia.


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