WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-
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
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
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