ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday signed five rookie free agents. The Broncos signed former Temple University defensive tackle Antwon Burton, former North Carolina State University wide receiver Brian Clark, former Ohio State University safety Tyler Everett, former University of Notre Dame fullback Rashon Powers-Neal and former Louisiana State University linebacker Cameron Vaughn.
Burton (6-foot-2, 315 pounds) is a defensive tackle who played 11 games (10 starts) for Temple in 2005, posting 66 tackles (26 solo), five tackles-for-losses, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and three pass breakups. Burton, who transferred to Temple from Erie Community College in Orchard Park, N.Y., concluded his collegiate career by playing in the East-West Shrine Game. The defensive tackle played 11 games (6 starts) and made 30 tackles in his first year at Temple as a junior in 2003 before missing the 2004 season with a foot injury. He posted 6.5 sacks and was voted first-team All-Northeast Conference in his final year at Erie Community College in 2002. A first-team all-state and all-western New York selection as a senior at Cleveland Hills High School in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Antwon Burton was born July 11, 1983, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Clark (6-foot-2, 211 pounds) is a wide receiver who played 43 career games (23 starts) in four seasons at North Carolina State, totaling 78 receptions for 1,311 yards (16.8 avg.) with 11 touchdowns. He finished his career at the school ranked seventh in career yards-per-reception average, 10th in touchdown receptions and 13th in receiving yards. Clark posted the second-best yards-per-reception average (21.5) in school history in 2005 with 25 receptions for 537 yards and six touchdown catches, including a 96-yard scoring grab against Boston College that was the second-longest in the nation that year. At Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla., Clark led his team to the state championship as a senior and was a PrepStar honorable mention All-Southeast Region pick. Brian Clark was born Dec. 26, 1983.
Everett (5-foot-11, 202 pounds) is a safety who played 48 career games (16 starts) in four seasons at Ohio State, totaling 102 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions (99 yds.) and 13 pass breakups. He also added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his career with the Buckeyes. As a senior in 2005, Everett played 10 games (9 starts) and recorded 33 tackles (21 solo), one sack (9 yds.), one interception (9 yds.) and two pass breakups. The safety posted six tackles in each of the Buckeyes' 2005 contests against Texas and Michigan. A member of Ohio State's 2002 team that won the National Championship, Everett had career bests in tackles (39) and pass breakups (6) as a seven-game starter in 2004. Selected first-team All-Ohio by the Associated Press as a senior at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, Tyler Everett was born Nov. 4, 1983.
Powers-Neal (6-foot-3, 238 pounds) is a fullback who played 39 career games (13 starts) in four seasons at Notre Dame. He finished his career rushing 125 times for 487 yards (3.9 avg.) with nine touchdowns and catching 27 passes for 216 yards (8.0 avg.) with two touchdowns. Powers-Neal, who scored three rushing touchdowns in Notre Dame's 2005 season opener against Pittsburgh, switched to fullback from tailback after his second year with the Fighting Irish. As a sophomore in 2002, Powers-Neal recorded a career-best 344 rushing yards on 77 carries (4.3 avg.) with two touchdowns. At Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., Powers-Neal set a Minnesota high school single-season record with 30 rushing touchdowns as a senior in 2000 and was an all-state selection. Rashon Darnell Powers-Neal was born April 3, 1983, in St. Paul, Minn.
Vaughn (6-foot-4, 237 pounds) was a three-year starting linebacker at Louisiana State University, where he played 52 career games (33 starts) and totaled 239 tackles (121 solo) along with seven sacks (44 yds.). In his first year as a starter at middle linebacker in 2005, Vaughn led the Tigers with 83 tackles (46 solo) while posting 6.5 tackles-for-losses and one sack (11 yds.). He worked as LSU's starting weakside linebacker as a sophomore and junior, posting 55 tackles in 2003 and 63 tackles in 2004. Vaughn was voted to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team in 2002 by the league's coaches as the only LSU true freshman to play every game. Rated the No. 9 linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La., Cameron Jude Vaughn was born Feb. 27, 1984, in Terrytown, La.
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