Last chance? Sulak let go by Green Bay

Perhaps running out of options for an NFL career, Stryker Sulak was released by the Green Bay Packers, the team that signed him after he was let go by the team that drafted him, the Oakland Raiders.

The Packers also released wide receiver JaRon Harris and punter Durant Brooks late Monday.

The 6- foot-5, 250- pound Sulak had played in all three pre-season games for the Packers and was trying to make the team as a linebacker after starring at defensive end for his entire career at Missouri.

There is a possibility that Sulak maybe be a candidate for the Packers' practice squad.

Sulak was a sixth-round draft pick by the Raiders in the NFL draft in April.

Before signing with Green Bay, Sulak had workouts with the Carolina Cougars and the New England Patriots.

On second thought

Minutes after watching his team annihilate Llano in the season opener, Jeff Miller was going on about how he didn't think the Tigers controlled the line of scrimmage like they should have.

"They took it to us if you look at it," he bemoaned.

Well, he took a look at it Saturday morning in the film room and decided he might have been a little hasty in his criticism.

Sulak Sulak "We did a little bit better than I thought at first."

In his instant replay reconsideration, he saw what everybody else did—a totally dominating performance.

His concern was understandable, the Tigers were trying to break in a new offensive line and were playing without two of the new starters in guard Sal Bishop and tight end Justin Gadison, who were nursing injuries.

Oh, both played—on defense.

"We didn't anticipate playing them," Miller said. "But (defensive line) Coach Saegert got a good rotation going and kept everybody fresh and it really helped us on offense too."

Miller was also crowing about the special teams play.

"Special teams is something that usually suffers early in the season," he said. "But we put so much work into special teams, execution is really big."

Although the Tigers fumbled a kickoff, Tyler Wright picked off a pass and returned it 44 yards and the defense also recovered two fumbles. All three takeaways led to Tiger scores.

The Tigers also played penalty free football for the most part. The six flags for 45 yards were harmless opening game jitters-type penalties such as illegal motion and delay of game for kickoffs going out of bounds.

Additionally, because it was such a lopsided affair, Miller was able to substitute freely and to be able to get his inexperienced and younger players some game exposure in the first game. This will come in handy when the Tigers delve into district play.

The 5ive

Here are the five best players to wear my favorite number, 10:

1. Earl "The Pearl" Monroe— Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks Hall of Fame guard.

2. Fran Tarkenton—New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback.

3. Dwight "Bo" Lamar—Southwestern Louisiana, Indiana Pacers (ABA). Led nation in scoring in 1971, averaging 36 points a game.

4. JoJo White—Boston Celtics point guard.

5. Pele—If you look up soccer in the dictionary, there is a picture of him.


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