Memphis Alum Inks Contract with NFL's Saints

April 3, 2014


Former University of Memphis Tiger Marcus Ball has signed a three-year contract to play for the New Orleans Saints.

Ball, whose younger brother Reggis Ball is a rising junior defensive back on the Tigers' 2014 team, has spent the last two years with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. In two years with the Argonauts, Ball registered 142 total tackles including seven quarterback sacks and also had four pass interceptions, returning two for touchdowns.

After playing linebacker for the Argonauts, Ball has been signed to play safety for the Saints, the same position he played during his two-year career at Memphis.

Ball is the second former Tiger to sign an NFL contract in recent weeks. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who played for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks this past year, agreed to a four-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month.

Memphis Spring Update

Memphis continued spring practices with Thursday's workout.

"I think in 12 practices, we have made pretty good strides," said Memphis head coach Justin Fuente after Thursday's practice. "On both sides of the ball it is more competitive than it has ever been.

"We are still trying to bring some young guys along on both sides of the ball. Overall I have been pretty pleased."

Memphis will scrimmage again Thursday before focusing on next week's Blue-Gray Spring Game. The Tigers will hold practice No. 14 next Thursday before playing the spring game under the lights at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium next Friday, April 11.

Parking for next week's spring game as well as entry into the stadium will be free.



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