HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama coach Marty Hammond has gotten a solid boost to his roster as the Hammers prepare to open training camp on Friday.
Former Auburn defensive end Marquies Gunn, ex-UNA receiver Charles McClain, and former Alabama A&M defensive back Al Donaldson and ex-Bulldog offensive lineman Darrius Turner all have signed with the Hammers.
"Gunn is the real deal and has NFL experience and McClain is fast with a great set of hands,'' Hammond said. "Donaldson and Turner are a pair of local talents with plenty of promise."
Gunn (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) had 31 tackles and four sacks for the Tigers in 2006 and later signed a free-agent contract with the New York Giants in '07. He has also spent time in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.
McClain (5-9, 170) had 32 receptions for 306 yards and three touchdowns for the Lions last season, finishing with 82 catches for 816 and five scores from 2007-10.
Turner (6-5, 320) played on the offensive line at Alabama A&M finishing up in 2007 and Donaldson (6-0, 185) had 51 tackles and led the Bulldogs with eight interceptions in his final campaign in '07.
The Hammers open the 2011 Southern Indoor Football League season March 19 at 7:30 p.m. against the Columbus Lions in the newly-renovated Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. For more information contact the Alabama office at 256-551-2222 or visit www.alabamahammers.com.