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Former Tar Heel Lineman Signs With Cobras; Keeney, Reeves To Return In 2002

Posted November 21, 2001 3:06 a.m. EST

— The Arena Football League's Carolina Cobras today signed former University of North Carolina and Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Andre Purvis to a contract for the 2002 season. The Cobras also re-signed linemen Brad Keeney and Carl Reeves.

Purvis (6-4, 310, North Carolina) played three seasons (1997-99) in the NFL with the Bengals and spent the 2000 season with the now-defunct XFL's Orlando Rage. He was out of football in 2001. A Jacksonville, N.C. native, Purvis prepped at Swansboro High School and starred at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came into his own as a senior for the Tar Heels, registering 2.5 sacks with 14 quarterback hurries and was named the team's Most Improved Player. A fifth round (144th overall) draft pick by Cincinnati in 1997, he currently resides in Durham, N.C.

Keeney (6-4, 290, The Citadel) spent the entire 2001 season on the injured list after suffering a severe right hip flexor injury during training camp. The Cobras sack leader (3.0) as a rookie in 2000, Keeney adds depth and Arena Football League experience on the defensive line. He also caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown as a tight end on offense. A 1995 graduate of The Citadel, he had short stints with the NFL's Green Bay Packers (training camp) and New York Jets (practice squad). Keeney also played three seasons in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy and Scottish Claymores.

Nagging injuries have plagued Reeves (6-4, 260, N.C. State) the past two seasons, but when he's healthy he brings a dominant pass rush presence to the Cobras' defensive line. Reeves played in seven games in 2001 and totaled nine tackles and a sack. As a rookie in 2000, he played in eight games and notched 13 stops and a sack. A leader on and off the field, Reeves has been honored with the "Cobra Award" the past two seasons for his work in the Triangle area community. After graduating from N.C. State in 1994, he was drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears and spent four seasons (1995-98) in the Windy City.

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