Two football players with roots in Ohio were signed by the Browns to their practice squad, the team announced today.
The first player signed is Mentor native Dave Petruziello, an offensive guard who played his college ball in Michigan. Off-season readers of BerniesInsiders.com will remember Petruziello as a tryout player, who had an opportunity to impress the Browns last May during the rookie mini-camp.
Petruziello played his high school football at Lake Catholic High School in Mentor. His brother, Mark Petruziello, is a quarterback for the same high school and is being highly recruited by a number of schools, including Ohio State.
Dave Petruziello's college career at Michigan yielded an honorable All-Big Ten team mention as a guard his Senior year, but not without a couple of position changes. After playing tight end and defense end in High School (making All-state on both offense and defense , he was a defensive lineman for the first two years at Michigan, recording 18 tackles and a sack, before switching to right guard his final two years as a Wolverine. Petruziello started all 13 games his senior year with Michigan.
After not making the Browns squad in May, Petruziello was signed by the Patriots and was waived early in training camp, on July 22nd.
The other new practice squad signee, Noah Swartz, also has played a lot of football in Ohio, as a member of the Toledo Rockets in college. Swartz played offensive tackle before switching to guard two years ago, and started every game his senior season at Toledo. Swartz had tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals this year before signing with the Browns today. Swartz had worked out for the Browns a couple of weeks ago, during another of Butch Davis' Tuesday workout sessions.