By Jonathan Deal
Former Athens standout Alfred McCullough recently agreed to a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens following a standout career with the University of Alabama. McCullough was one of Alabama’s most versatile lineman, starting 10 games during his career with the Crimson Tide.
The Athens Alum was one of seven Alabama players to sign free agent contracts this week after not being selected in the 2012 NFL draft.
McCullough was once a feared defensive lineman coming out of Athens High School in 2007. The two-time All-State defensive lineman switched to the offensive side of the ball after his freshman season.
McCullough was named the team’ Most Valuable Lineman of the Red-White game in 2008 before switching to offense over the summer. The versatile lineman redshirted his second year on campus while making the transition to offense and eventually saw action in more than 30 games over his career with Alabama.
The following is a complete list of players who were drafted or signed a free agent contract with NFL teams that attended a public university in Alabama:
Alabama – RB Trent Richardson, Browns; S Mark Barron, Bucs; CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals; LB Don’t’a Hightower, Patriots; LB Courtney Upshaw, Ravens; DT Josh Chapman, Colts; CB DeQuan Menzie, Chiefs; TE Brad Smelley, Browns.
Auburn – T Brandon Mosley, Giants.
Troy – DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Falcons.
UAB – T Matt McCants, Giants
North Alabama – CB Janoris Jenkins, Rams.
Alabama – LB Jerrell Harris, Falcons; OL Alfred McCullough, Ravens; WR Marquis Maze, Steelers; C William Vlachos, Titans; LB Alex Watkins, Titans; WR Darius Hanks, Redskins; Phelon Jones, Redskins.
Auburn – LS Josh Harris, Falcons; T A.J. Green, Bears; S Neiko Thorpe, Chiefs;
Troy – OL James Brown, Bears; WR Stanley Arukwe, Cardinals.
UAB – DT Elliot Henigan.
Jacksonville State – DB A.J. Davis, Saints; RB Calvin Middleton, Rams; DE Monte Lewis, Redskins.
North Alabama – LB Marcus Dowtin, Jets.