Rookie Free Agents on Defense

Here's a closer look at the rookies on defense, part of 17 free agents signed by the Giants for mini camp.

CB Tony Badger appeared in 42 games for West Alabama and completed his career with 133 tackles, four interceptions, 24 pass break-ups and one sack. A part-time punt returner his first three seasons, he averaged 7.9 yards and scored one touchdown on 21 returns. As a senior in 2001, Badger started all 11 games and recorded 33 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups. He scored a touchdown on a 79-yard interception return against West Georgia. Born July 26, 1980.

S Ryan Clark started 36 consecutive games at free safety for LSU. In 2000, he was selected to the All-SEC second team by the league's coaches. He ranked third on the Tigers in 2001 with 88 tackles, including 63 solo stops. Clark also intercepted three passes. He recorded five tackles, including a 13-yard sack, in the Sugar Bowl. Clark was named LSU's Special Teams Player of the Year in 1998. Born Oct. 12, 1979.

S Nate Coggins set West Georgia career records for most career solo tackles (253), total tackles (416), fumble recoveries (9), and consecutive games started (45). He also had nine career interceptions. He was the 2001 Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year, a 2001 Consensus Division II All-America and 2001 All-South and All-GSC First Team selection. As a sophomore, he was the first West Georgia underclassman to be named captain since 1989. Born Sept. 25, 1978.

LB Nick Colbert completed his career at Troy State in 2000 and was with the Colts for two months in the spring of 2001 and in the Falcons training camp from Aug. 7-27, 2001. As a senior he was third on the team with 83 tackles, including 43 solo stops and eight for losses. He also had two sacks and two interceptions. Colbert earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was a college teammate of Giants receiver Jonathan Carter. Born. Oct. 17, 1977.

CB Calvin Coleman was a two-time All-Big Sky first-team selection for Montana. He was a three-year starter at right cornerback for the Grizzlies, who were 45-10 (including playoff games) during that span and won the 2001 Division 1-AA national championship with a 15-1 record. Coleman missed two games, but finished with 62 total tackles. He had 14 tackles, eight pass deflections and an interception in Montana's four playoff games. Born. Dec. 16, 1978.

DT Rachman Crable posted 56 tackles, including a team-high 13 for losses, and had three sacks and a fumble recovery last season for Ball State. Born Aug. 26, 1979.

DE Sean Guthrie was a two-year starter at defensive end for Boston College. Last season he had a career-high 51 tackles, including a team-high nine sacks and a team-high tying 12 for losses. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after a 12-tackle performance vs. Rutgers in 2000. Started in six games, plus the Bowl, as a sophomore and saw action in six games as a redshirt freshman in 1998. Born July 14, 1979.

CB Ronnie Hamilton started 38 of the 44 games he played in the defensive backfield for Duke, including all 11 games in each of his final three seasons. He finished third in school history with 30 pass breakups, fourth with 54 punt returns and fifth in punt return yards (557). Scored two punt return touchdowns, both against Florida State (one in 2000, the other in 2001). Hamilton, who had 178 tackles and six interceptions in his career, led the ACC with a 15.6-yard punt return average last season. Born Nov. 4, 1979.

DT Matt Mitrione was a four-year starter at Purdue who finished fifth on the school's career list with 50 tackles for losses. In 2001, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media. Mitrione tied for second on the team and tied for eighth in the Big Ten with 14 tackles for losses. He finished the season with 40 tackles (27 solos) and four sacks. His string of 35 consecutive starts was snapped in the season opener at Cincinnati while he recovered from a foot injury. Born July 15, 1978.

LB Brad Rice arrived at Idaho as a quarterback, redshirted a year, spent three seasons in the secondary, then switched to linebacker as a senior. He led the Vandals with 106 tackles, 39 more than the runner-up. Rice also had three of the team's four interceptions, as well as two fumble recoveries and three tackles for losses. Born Jan. 14, 1979.

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