Jets sign college special teams standout

Former Georgia Southern wide receiver and special teams standout Carl Kearney has agreed to terms on a free agent contract with the New York Jets.<p>

After joining the Georgia Southern program as a walk-on in 1999, Kearney played in a total of 36 games and made 26 starts during his Eagle career which actively spanned the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons.

He played a key role in the team's 30-9 record and helped guide GSU to a pair of Southern Conference titles and NCAA Division I-AA National Semifinal appearances. He also assisted the Eagle program to two NCAA I-AA National Championships as a member of the scout team in 1999 and 2000.

Kearney finished his collegiate career with 22 pass receptions for 457 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He enjoyed his top season as a junior in 2002, recording a unit-best 15 catches for 287 yards -- an average of 19.1 yards per reception. Kearney established a single-game personal best against Western Kentucky during a semifinal round playoff contest that season, posting seven catches for 93 yards against the Hilltoppers.

As a member of GSU's special teams unit, Kearney was credited with 36 total career tackles, topping the squad with 16 in 2002. He logged at least one tackle in nine of 14 games (two or more in five games) and keyed the Eagles' pivotal Southern Conference win at Furman with a pair of forced fumbles on back-to-back Paladin kickoff returns.

Despite playing in just eight games because of a nagging foot injury in 2003, Kearney still ranked second among all special teams' tacklers with seven stops.

In other news, the Jets released offensive tackle Reggie Coleman, who just signed with the team this month. After picking two offensive tackles in the draft, and with Lance Nimmo playing well in NFL Europe, Coleman became expendable.

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