Former LSUQB among players on Omahals roster

Former LSU Tiger Jordan Jefferson will be one of the quarterbacks competing for the starting job with the Omaha Mammoths.


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Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson will join the Omaha Mammoths when they start preparations Sept. 26 for the inaugural FXFL season.

Jefferson and former North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen were among 15 players on a partial Mammoths roster released to The World-Herald on Thursday night.

Donnie Woods, the Mammoths' vice president and general manager, said Omaha tentatively has 31 players lined up and will finalize its 40-man roster over the weekend. The Fall Experimental Football League season starts Oct. 8, with Omaha playing host to the Boston Brawlers at TD Ameritrade Park.

Woods said better than 90 percent of the Omaha roster will be players who recently spent time in National Football League training camps.

"We have secured a solid group of young talent coming from the NFL," he

said. "We are excited about how the roster is taking shape and are looking forward to the start of camp."

Jefferson most recently had a rookie mini-camp tryout with the New Orleans Saints. He spent last year with the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena League, and also was briefly in the Canadian Football League after his final season at LSU in 2011.

Jefferson, 24, started 32 games during his LSU career, including two as a true freshman in 2008. The 6-foot-5, 223-pounder passed for 4,733 yards and 34 touchdowns, and also ran for 1,018 yards and 12 scores.

Jefferson, however, has been plagued by a series of legal issues, and was suspended for the first four games of his senior year in Baton Rouge.

Jensen helped North Dakota State to three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision national titles. Jensen played in the Senior Bowl in January and was signed as an undrafted free agent by Miami, then cut by the Dolphins last month.

In 54 career games, Jensen threw for 8,598 yards and 72 touchdowns, and also accounted for 1,240 yards rushing with 35 touchdowns. The 6-3, 225-pounder was 47-5 as a starter.

Among regional signees, the Mammoths have added receiver Tramaine Thompson out of Kansas State, tight end Ernst Brun of Iowa State, kicker Trey Barrow of Missouri, long snapper Casey Kreiter of Iowa and defensive lineman Travis Chappelier of Northwest Missouri State.

The 5-8,167-pound Thompson left K-State with 109 career receptions for 1,673 yards and 10 TDs.

The Mammoths also have added tailback Tim Flanders, who transferred from Kansas State to Sam Houston State and became the all-time leading rusher in the Southland Conference.

Former Florida State linebacker Mister Alexander will be one of the older Mammoths at 26. Alexander played in the 2011 and '12 seasons with the Houston Texans.

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Quarterback: Jordan Jefferson, LSU; Brock Jensen, North Dakota State

Running back: Tim Flanders, Sam

Houston State Wide receiver: Tramaine

Thompson, Kansas State; Eric

Thomas, Troy State

Tight end: Ernst Brun, Iowa State;

Willie Carter, Tulsa

Offensive line: Jon Sullen, Auburn; Stephen Baker, East Carolina Defensive line: Travis Chappelier, Northwest Missouri State Linebacker: Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State; Mister Alexander, Florida State; Jo Jo Dickson, Idaho Long snapper: Casey Kreiter, Iowa Kicker: Trey Barrow, Missouri

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