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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: December 20, 2012
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Two former Monmouth University football players are getting renewed shots at the National Football League, with former All-Northeast Conference safety Jose Gumbs signing with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month and wide receiver Chris Hogan being called up from the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad earlier this week.

Hogan was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad after being released from the Miami Dolphins earlier this season where he starred on the HBO program Hard Knocks. Hogan was given the nickname “7-11” by teammates because he was “always open” on the five-episode show that followed the Dolphins during training camp.

The Ramapo, N.J. native played four seasons of lacrosse at Penn State before coming to Monmouth to finish his eligibility in football. Hogan came in as a wide receiver for the Hawks but had to also play defensive back after injuries decimated the position.  At wideout, he provided a big pla­y threat for the Hawks, scoring three touchdowns on his 12 receptions including one on his first collegiate catch.  Starting with game four, he started every game at cornerback cutting down his reps at wide receiver.  He recorded two interceptions in his first game at cornerback and finished the season with three picks and 28 tackles.

The Bills play the Dolphins this Sunday at 1 p.m. and then finish the season with a game against the New York Jets on December 30. He is listed as third on the Bills depth chart heading into the game with Miami.

Gumbs, 5-10 212 lb safety, was a free agent signing with the Saints almost immediately after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft. The former NEC Defensive Player of the Year was placed on injured reserve after suffering two different injuries during the Saints’ preseason. The Queens, N.Y., native was signed by the Chiefs in December.  As a four year starter, he led the Hawks in tackles each season and put up impressive numbers at his pro day.

Gumbs and Hogan join Dallas Cowboys starting wide receiver Miles Austin as the three Hawks currently on NFL rosters. Austin is third on Dallas in catches and receptions with 55 grabs for 819 yards with five receiving touchdowns for the Cowboys.

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