The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of 12 rookie free agents Friday, minutes before the start of the teamâ€™s first minicamp.
A release from the Packers said the following players have been signed:
â€¢ Calvin Russell, wide receiver, Tuskegee
â€¢ Chris Francies, wide receiver, Texas-El Paso
â€¢ Tra Boger, safety, Tulane
â€¢ Arliss Beach, running back, Kentucky
â€¢ A.J. Cooper, full back, North Dakota State
â€¢ Shermar Bracey, running back, Arkansas State
â€¢ Tim Goodwell, linebacker, Memphis
â€¢ Zac Alcorn, tight end, Black Hills State
â€¢ Bryon Santiago, linebacker, Louisiana Tech
â€¢ Jason Hunter, defensive end, Appalachian State
â€¢ Montez Murphy, defensive end, Baylor
â€¢ Josh Bourke, tackle, Grand Valley State
The following information about each player was released by the Packers:
Alcorn, 25, started the past two seasons at NAIA Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., where he caught 43 passes for 689 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005.
Beach, 22, lettered four seasons as a part-time starter at Kentucky, where he rushed 65 times for 288 yards and six touchdowns in 2005.
Boger, 22, rebounded from a medical redshirt to intercept three passes, including a 69-yard touchdown, last year for Tulane. A four-year letterman, he started for all or parts of every season, including his 2001 freshman campaign and 2004, when a knee injury prematurely ended his year. Boger, whose name is pronounced â€œTRAY BO-ger,â€