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XFL Birmingham Bolts Press Release 10
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Notes from camp
January 8, 2001

Auburn Defenders
Its only the second week of training camp, but if the Birmingham Thunderbolts were to kick off the season today, its a safe bet that four starters on the defensive side of the ball would be from Auburn. Nine practices into training camp, two of Birminghams four defensive line starters are former Tigers. Jimmy Brumbaugh is currently a front runner to start at one tackle, while Quinton Reese has had a productive camp and is out front at a defensive end spot.

Former NFL starter James Willis is entrenching himself at the middle linebacker position. Chris Shelling, who was a Thorpe Award finalist at Auburn in 1994, has made a meteoric rise to the top of the charts at safety after being claimed just three days before training camp.

Behind The Front
Although its still technically early in training camp, certain players are beginning to step toward the starting units. Backing the Bolts defensive front at Mondays practice were linebackers James Willis of Auburn, Dion Foxx of James Madison and Patrick Scott of South Carolina State.

Working with the first team secondary in Mondays practice were Chris Shelling of Auburn and Fred White of Tennessee at safeties, along with Illinois State product Duane Butler and former Troy State Trojan Eric Sloan at the corners.

Adding a Linebacker
Birmingham acquired former LSU linebacker Pat Rogers Monday. Rogers replaces linebacker Ben Peterson, who left the team and was put on waivers. From Shreveport, La., the 61-, 235-pound Rogers played for Bolts head coach Gerry DiNardo in college.

Pros Scouting Pros
Player personnel representatives from the NFL expansion Houston Texans were present at Thunderbolts training camp Monday. The Texans are the second NFL team to visit Birminghams camp since it opened last week. The Atlanta Falcons dispatched a scout for two days last week.

Other teams scouting Bolts personnel have been the Edmonton Oilers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, as well as Arena Football League entries San Jose, Orlando and Nashville.

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