Stefan Logan invited to rookie camp

Stefan Logan invited to rookie camp
Even though Stefan Logan wasn't taken in last weekend's NFL Draft, the former USD Coyote standout garnered enough attention to earn an invite to an NFL mini-camp.

Logan, a 26-year-old Florida native who led the Coyotes to a 32-14 record in his career, accepted an invitation to the New York Giants' rookie camp. He will report to the team for camp on May 11-14 in New York.

After receiving calls from the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts earlier in the day Sunday, Logan and his agent felt the Giants was where the 5-foot-6, 180-pound back belonged.


"Right away I was excited. I just wanted the chance to show a team that I can play with the big boys," said Logan, who will head into camp as a special teams performer. Last year with USD, Logan was used more and more in the return game, and ranked third in the nation in all-purpose yards at 205.4 per game.

Immediately after discussing things with his agent, Logan called his parents to seek their input. What was their reaction?

"They were more excited than I was," Logan said. "They told me to be myself and keep doing what I've been doing. The best advice my mom gave me was to show the team things they've never seen before; I'll definitely use that advice while I'm there."

Logan admitted that he didn't think his name would be called on draft day, but had a "good idea" he would be invited to a camp. One Web site, D2football.com, said if Logan wasn't drafted, "he will certainly be one of the top free agents on the board."

With his size, Logan was viewed as a long shot to be drafted by an NFL team, but his 4.3-second performance in 40-yard times opened some eyes. Logan knows he has an uphill battle in front of him, but remains optimistic.

"I know I can transfer to the NFL level pretty well," he said. "Guys in that league are all faster and quicker; but I can adapt quickly. I could be a good fit for them. Whatever they'll have me do – I'll do what I need."

Logan, one of the eight finalists for the 2006 Harlon Hill Trophy as the D-II Player of the Year, finished the season with 1,707 yards rushing on 236 carries. With the versatility he can offer the Giants, Logan said that may play into his favor.

"They do a lot of running and passing like USD did," Logan said. "I feel like I can do a lot of different things, so hopefully they like me. I'm just so excited to get the chance to show off my talent at the highest level. I don't want to pass up something this good."

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