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Charlie Whitehurst is named the back up quarterback in San Diego, Kevin Youngblood remains in Atlanta on the Falcons' 53-man regular season roster and more updates are contained inside!

WHITEHURST NAMED RIVERS' BACK UP

Former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was named the back up signal caller for the San Diego Chargers late last week.

Whitehurst learned of the decision shortly after the team released veteran QB A.J. Feeley.

"We think we know exactly what we have in Philip Rivers and are very comfortable with that," Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "And it made no sense to keep a quarterback that didn't figure into the plans." Should Rivers get hurt, Schottenheimer said, "Charlie will be there."

Whitehurst finished the preseason completing 25-of-47 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also threw four interceptions.

Whitehurst started 40 games during his four-year career at Clemson, winning 25. He threw for a school-record 3,561 yards as a sophomore, and finished his career with 9,665 yards and 49 touchdowns.

YOUNGBLOOD SET TO SEE THE FIELD

The long journey to the National Football League for Kevin Youngblood appears to be over.

The former Clemson wide receiver, who was on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad last season, is now a member of the team's 53-man regular season roster.

Youngblood led the Falcons in receiving this preseason, bringing in 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Youngblood signed a two-year contract with Atlanta in January, including base salaries of $235,000 (2006) and $310,000 (2007).

FUDGE REMAINS IN JACKSONVILLE

Former Clemson safety Jamaal Fudge received some bad news Saturday when he learned he was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, less than 24 hours later, Fudge signed on with the Jaguars' practice squad.

In case you didn't know, the minimum salary for a practice squad player is $4,350 per week (a higher salary can be negotiated), including playoff weeks.

BENNETT SIGNED TO TAMPA BAY PRACTICE SQUAD

Just two days after releasing former Clemson defensive end Charles Bennett, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Bennett to their practice squad.

Bennett was originally a seventh round draft pick by the Bucs earlier this year.

During his senior season at Clemson, Bennett recorded 53 total tackles, including 12.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks.

QUICK HITS: The following former Tigers were released on Saturday as teams cut their roster down to the 53-man regular season limit: LB Keith Adams (Panthers), WR Rod Gardner (Packers), FB Steven Jackson (Vikings), TE Ben Hall (Titans). All players released Saturday can still be signed as a practice squad player.

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