Five Allocated to NFL Europe

The San Diego Chargers allocated five players to NFL Europe on Thursday. Quarterback Seth Burford; center/guard Zack Quaccia, center Luke Butkus, defensive tackle Scott Pospisil and safety Lemual Ligon will be headed there. We will keep a close eye on each of these players as the season begins and give a glimpse inside who these guys are and their potential futures.

The NFL Europe Allocation Draft will take place next Monday, Feb. 3. At that time, each of the players will find out which NFL Europe teams they will be playing for in 2003. Training camp in Europe opens February 24th. The season begins April 5th and Chargers Update will keep an eye on the players the Chargers have allocated with updates and hot news as it happens.

Seth Burford a 7th round NFL Draft choice of the Chargers needs the experience more than anyone else. With Doug Flutie up there in age, his role may expand, if of course he can prove he is capable. The stint over in Europe will give him that chance. In preseason, Burford often stayed behind with Dave Dickenson to throw passes to Dondre Gilliam. He is a hard worker and a cheap alternative at quarterback if he can prove his value.

Zack Quaccia was originally a 7th round choice of Tampa Bay. He was signed in September as a free agent. Quaccia spent his college days at Stanford playing both center and guard. Currently he does not play his size. At 6-4, 310 pounds he does not move well in space. Instead he is an intelligent player who is quick to pick up stunts and blitzes and has a nice pop at the point of attack. Quaccia is a project, but he has progressed each year through college and the hope is he will do the same in the Pros.

Luke Butkus was added to the Chargers practice squad in September. Butkus was a three year starter at Illinois. He is a student of the game who is solid on his fundamentals. He is not one to stand around, but rather will look for blocks in open space. At 6-3, 285 pounds he is a little light and it shows in his lack of strength at the point of attack. He lacks the balance and agility to stick at his current size and will need to gain weight. His aggressive attitude could be his sticking point. He is a hard worker who will do what it takes to enhance the Butkus legacy.

Scott Pospisil will enter his third season over in Europe. He played defensive end for the Berlin Thunder in both 2001 and 2002. In 2001 he posted 16 tackles and 4.5 sacks starting just one game and in 2002 he spent the year on the reserved-injured list after Berlin protected him from being taken by any other team. Likely he will get his first shot at starting and how he plays will determine his fate.

Lemual Ligon was a starter at safety for Savannah State in Georgia. In 1998, as a senior he posted 40 tackles with three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Ligon ended his career at Savannah State with 8 interceptions, three he returned for touchdowns. Ligon will try and make it as a long shot. He is looking to get his name recognized in hopes of playing anywhere in 2003.

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