Broncos sign punter Mark Mariscal

The Denver Broncos have signed former Colorado University punter Mark Mariscal to a future contract. In addition, the club allocated five players to participate in the 2005 NFL Europe season, including Mariscal, running back Santonio Beard, guard Tyson Clabo, fullback Brandon Miree and defensive tackle D.J. Renteria. Each player's NFL Europe team will be determined by the league at a later date.

Mariscal, 6-2, 200 pounds, is a first-year player who punted for the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes in 2004 after the New Orleans Saints waived him Aug. 30. A University of Colorado product, Mariscal was waived by the Saints at the end of their 2003 training camp and spent most of his rookie year out of football before signing with the New York Jets' practice squad Dec. 17, 2003. Mariscal entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans on May 2, 2003.

At Colorado, Mariscal was the 2002 recipient of the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter while earning first-team All-American and All-Big 12 honors following a senior year in which he led the nation with 67 punts for 3,186 yards (47.6 avg.). In 40 career games, he punted 105 times for 4,877 yards (46.4 avg.), including 27 punts placed inside the 20-yard line, and was the Buffaloes' place-kicker in 2000.

A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Mariscal played at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee and earned PrepStar All-American and first-team all-state honors as a senior. Mark Joseph Mariscal was born Sept. 10, 1979, in Tallahassee.

Veteran coaches targeted - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, January 27, 2005 - The Broncos' plan to find assistants with strong NFL coaching experience is unfolding as the team focuses on a trio of respected veterans. The Broncos are expected to hire former Green Bay defensive coordinator Bob Slowik as the secondary coach. The team interviewed Slowik this week, and there are strong indications he will officially accept an offer to join Mike Shanahan's staff. The two worked together at the University of Florida from 1980-82. Slowik was a candidate for Denver's defensive coordinator job before Ray Rhodes got the position. Slowik was interviewed this week after Denver talked to Cleveland secondary coach Chuck Pagano.

High risk, reward with pass rushers - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, January 27, 2005 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he believes the most difficult player to find on his side of the ball is a pass rusher. Kiffin and the rest of the Bucs' coaching staff are getting an up-close look at the talent at the Senior Bowl as they prepare to coach the South team in Saturday's game. And he's keeping his eyes open. "You never know with these guys," Kiffin said. "It's one of the toughest positions to scout because of the gamble involved with pass rushers. The extra time is great and by the looks of it, there are going to be some players in this draft that will help teams." That's encouraging news for the Broncos.

Shanahan closer to rounding out staff - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
January 27, 2005 - Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is closing in on filling two positions on the coaching staff, with Cleveland Browns assistant Andre Patterson and Green Bay Packers assistant Bob Slowik on the inside track for the defensive line and secondary positions. Shanahan has interviewed Patterson as a pass rush coach to replace Keith Millard. Patterson, 44, has been with the Browns the past two years and coached with the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys before going to the Browns.

Broncos sign ex-Buff Mariscal - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 27, 2005 - Step aside Kevin Bacon, it's time to play six-degrees of Tom Rouen. The Denver Broncos signed former Colorado punter Mark Mariscal, who won the Ray Guy Award following the 2002 season, on Wednesday to compete for the job Rouen, also a former Buff, held for nearly a decade.

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