Two former Coyote football standouts made news in the National Football League on Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive tackle Ko Quaye to their practice squad and the Detroit Lions claimed kick return specialist Stefan Logan off waivers.
A native of Brooklyn Park, MN, Quaye spent the entire preseason with the Jaguars, but was waived in final cuts on Saturday. Jacksonville signed him to the practice squad on Sunday, though, as NFL teams are allowed to carry eight players on their practice squads. Quaye earned All-America honors for the Coyotes in 2009 after finishing with 31 tackles, including 15 solo stops. He earned seven tackles for loss for 22 yards, which ranked 10th in the Great West Conference. He helped USD finish first in the league in scoring defense (27.2 ppg) and rushing defense (108.1 ypg) to claim first-team All-GWC accolades.
Logan was waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers during final cuts on Saturday after breaking the club's single-season kickoff-return yardage record last season, but quickly found a new home with the Lions. In 2009, Logan returned 55 kicks for a 26.7-yard average with four returns more than 40 yards and also returned 30 punts for an average of 9.3 yards with three for more than 20 yards.
He was also on the Pro Bowl ballot. A running back at USD from 2003-06, he is USD's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,958 rushing, 878 receiving, 305 punt return and 718 kickoff return yards for a total of 7,859 during his time in Vermillion.
The Jaguars host Denver to start the 2010 season, while the Lions begin at Chicago. Both games start at noon on Sunday.