Two former Tennessee football players have agreed to play for the Knoxville Nighthawks.
Linebacker/defensive end LaMarcus Thompson and defensive back Derrick Furlow will play for the professional indoor football league team in its inaugural season.
"I stayed in Knoxville because I love it here. It's a great place to live, it has the best of both worlds, has all the benefits of a big city and also has the relationships you can build in a small town,'' Thompson said. " I am also excited to be playing football here in Knoxville again because the fans here are great and very supportive. I'm just glad to have an opportunity to keep playing football."
Thompson played for the Vols 2006-10. He redshirted during the 2006 season, but he played all 13 games in 2010 with a career high of 60 tackles.
Furlow saw action in all 13 games of the 2009 season on special teams. He had single tackles in four regular-season games and also in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia Tech.
"I would like to say thanks to the Nighthawks for giving me the opportunity to play for them. I think bringing a team to Knoxville is a good thing for the community," Furlow said. "I bleed orange and I am a Vol for life so once I got this chance to play in front of the Big Orange nation again, but wearing a different color, I could not pass it up. We plan on giving the fans some extra football to be excited about."
The Nighthawks will start training camp next week in preparation for the pre-season game on March 9t against the Alabama Hammers at Civic Coliseum. The regular season begins March 17 at Columbus, Ga.