McCullough to play for Oilers, no other Bears taken in draftApril 22, 1997
Other hopefuls sign free agent contracts with teams among league
By Chad Jackson
Baylor could entice the NFL with only one player in the draft Sunday.
George McCullough, a Galveston senior and starting cornerback for the 1995 and 1996 season, was drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Oilers.
'He's a good athlete,' Maxey Parrish, Sports Information Director, said. 'He's a guy who can play cornerback at the NFL level.'
Parrish said the NFL looks for the best player on the field and the Oilers found that player in McCullough, at least out of the players representing the Bears in the draft.
McCullough was a good player and a senior, which made him a team leader for the Bears, Parrish said.
'A lot of people expected him to be picked at the spot he was in,' Brian McCallum, Assistant Sports Information Director, said.
McCullough played strong for the Bears in the 1996 season leading the team in passes broken up with 10.
'That demonstrates the ability to read the football,' Parrish said. 'This is what the NFL looks for.'
McCullough also had 42 tackles--34 unassisted, 5 tackles behind the line--two for sacks. This showed his excellent ability for the cornerback blitz, Parrish said.
'[McCullough] got the attention of the scouts,' Parrish said. He added that McCullough should do well in the Oilers tryouts.
Ty Atteberry, a Kingwood senior punter, signed a free agent contract with the Oilers Monday, McCallumsaid. He also said Donnie Embra, a Houston senior defensive end, signed with the Atlanta Falcons and Malcolm Hamilton, an Odessa senior linebacker, signed with the Washington Redskins.
The decisions of Kalief Muhammad, a Waco senior running back and wide receiver, and Pearce Pegross, a Port Arthur wide receiver, were still unavailable at press time.
McCullough could not be reached for comment.
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