Trotter, Green headed to NFL camps
By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor
A pair of former high school football standouts from Shelby County are headed to National Football League camps.
Former Briarwood Christian School quarterback Barrett Trotter, who gave up his final season of eligibility at Auburn University, will participate in a rookie minicamp with the St. Louis Rams this weekend. Former Spain Park High School defensive end William Green, who wrapped up his career at the University of Florida, has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Trotter hopes to earn an undrafted free agent contract following his weekend tryout.
In eight games in 2011, including seven starts, the Tigers’ junior quarterback completed 92-of-167 passes for 1,184 yards with 11 touchdown passes. A two-time Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll recipient, Trotter graduated in August of 2011 with a degree in communications.
Green appeared in 53 contests with four start during his four-year career at Florida. Green, who finished with 53 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his career, saw action in 13 games as a senior and notched 21 tackles and half a sack.
Trotter and Green join former Spain Park standout Tyler Grisham in NFL camps this spring.
Grisham, who played collegiately at Clemson University, signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos in January. Grisham was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization during his first two seasons in the NFL. Grisham, who spent most of his time on the practice squad, saw action in one regular season game for the Steelers, catching a pass for 14 yards during the 2009 season.
Former Pelham High School wide receiver Montez Billings, who played collegiately at Auburn University, spent the 2011 season on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. Billings caught nine passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ four preseason games last season.
Adam Mims, a former standout wide receiver at Spain Park who played collegiately at Furman University, signed an undrafted free agent contract with Pittsburgh in July 2011 before being cut ahead of the Steelers’ preseason opener in August. Mims is currently a free agent.
Former Briarwood Christian School standouts Tim and Simeon Castille, who both played collegiately at the University of Alabama, ended their careers in the league within the past few years.
Tim, a fullback, spent one season with the Arizona Cardinals before playing two years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Simeon, a defensive back, played one season with the Cincinnati Bengals and one season with the San Diego Chargers.
Castille is currently playing for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League.