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3 UNLV football players sign with NFL teams as undrafted free agents

Phillip Payne, Deante Purvis and Quinton Pointer will each get a chance to see what they can do in training camp


Steve Marcus

UNLV’s Deante’ Purvis celebrates after returning a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.

Three UNLV players have agreed to terms of free-agent deals with NFL teams after no Rebels were drafted for the second year in a row.

Wide receiver Phillip Payne (San Diego Chargers), kick returner Deante Purvis (San Francisco 49ers) and safety Quinton Pointer (St. Louis Rams) will all get a chance to make their respective teams in training camp.

Payne is one of at least five receivers going to the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, which means he may have the most difficult time of even making the practice squad among the trio of former Rebels. Pointer is among 21 players the Rams have invited for at least a tryout, one of the largest post-draft groups for a team in the league.

Purvis made a name for himself with speed, but the 49ers will try to find out if he can do more than just return kicks.

Former UNLV defensive end James Dunlap has not yet received an invite to any team’s training camp.

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CORRECTION: — Quinton Pointer's name was misspelled. The Sun regrets the error. | (July 16, 2012)

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  1. Good luck to all.

  2. No wonder all the good players leave town to play elsewhere.

  3. @Wolfdog - You have the cart before the horse. If your goal is to bash UNLV then you should do it on the Reno-Gazette site. I'm sure they'd love you up there.

  4. Six players from Montana, Bobby Hauck's recruits, there, have been either drafted or signed as FA's into the NFL. Two have been drafted: Trumaine Johnson (CB) and Caleb McSurdy (LB). McSurdy was the ONLY FCS LB invited to the Combine.

    You have to give Hauck this: He knows talent when he sees it. Maybe game management is another story. This is not to denigrate the three FA's from UNLV.

    I know the W/L record is the proof of the pudding, but Hauck does have an excellent record putting his players into the NFL.

  5. If you put any of those guys in Hauck's program at UNLV, they'd be signing UDFA contracts like everyone else.

    Further, whoever is coaching at Montana now is currently recruiting at a much higher level than Hauck is at UNLV. So what's your point? Montana gets better recruits than UNLV?

    We agree and the FACT that Montana and other D2 schools are getting better recruits than UNLV is a freaking travesty of monumental proportions. Especially when we look at the guy Livengood kicked to the curb in favor of hiring Hauck - Dennis Franchione - 13 3 star recruits to Texas State, a program that hasn't even taken one D1 snap. Meanwhile Hauck signed I think 4 3-star recruits. Quite a big difference, eh? Facts seem to be like kryptonite for Hauck supporters. Texas Freaking State will be bowling while the 1100am and print media still keep making excuses for losing. Sad.

  6. Rail on, JahReb. All I'm stating are the facts.

  7. I am pretty sure his name is Quinton POINTER...not Porter.