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Cobras Ink Two Rookie Fullback/Linebackers

Posted January 28, 2002 3:52 a.m. EST

— The Carolina Cobras on Monday signed fullback/linebacker's Jermaine Smith and Jimmy Freeman to contracts for the 2002 season.

Smith (6-2, 235, Central State University (Ohio)) is a rookie by Arena Football League standards, but the 27-year old is no stranger to the indoor game. He spent a portion of the 1997 season with the Orlando Predators (did not see any game action) and played with the Indoor Professional Football League's Portland Prowlers in 2000. Smith began his collegiate career at Northeast Oklahoma A&M (1992-93) before transferring to East Carolina (1994) and finishing up at Central State University of Ohio (1995).

Smith attended mini-camp with the New Orleans Saints in 1998, played with the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders in 1999 and went to camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2000. Smith signed with af2's Tennessee Valley Vipers (then coached by Cobras defensive coordinator Bret Munsey) last year, but was traded to the Greensboro Prowlers prior to the start of the season.

Freeman (6-0, 245, Appalachian State) comes to the Cobras after a stellar four-year career at Appalachian State (1997-2000), where he finished second on the team in sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (15) as a senior in 2000. A Shelby, N.C. native (Crest High School), Freeman spent the 2001 season as a graduate assistant coach for the Mountaineers.

Smith and Freeman will join two-year veteran Marrio Grier and rookies Anthony Connally and Michael Blair as the five fullback/linebackers on the Cobras training camp roster.