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McNeese football welcomes in three FBS transfers

Last Modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:52 PM

By Albert Burford / American Press

The McNeese State football team welcomed three transfers from Football Bowl Subdivision teams as summer classes began Monday.

Quarterback Daniel Sams from Kansas State, cornerback Jermaine Antoine from TCU and tight end Deondre Skinner all officially joined the Cowboys on Monday and head coach Matt Viator said each one is expected to compete immediately.

“It’s a great addition to our team,” Viator said. “We recruited them out of high school. I know their coaches, so we know a lot about them individually too, in terms of their character and bringing them into our program. We feel like it’s a win-win, both from a talent standpoint and also knowing a lot about them from recruiting them and knowing their high school coaches.”

Sams, the nephew of former McNeese players B.J. and Andrew Sams, is a 6’2, 207-pound quarterback that can get it done on the ground and through the air. The Slidell native and Salmen High School grad rushed for 807 yards and 11 touchdowns and threw for 452 yards and four touchdowns on 38-of-53 passing last season at Kansas State.

“He brings us a guy that’s played and been in some tough situations and environments,” Viator said. “He brings experience, which is only going to help us. We think he’ll be able to come in and compete right away with the other kids we have. We’ll see what happens from there.”

Sams offers a more mobile option at the quarterback position than signal caller Cody Stroud has in previous years and Viator said they will play to the strengths of whoever starts behind center.

“We’ve always tried to cater to the quarterback that’s in there,” Viator said. “What we’ve done the last couple years is we felt like we catered to Cody’s skillset and what we needed to do for him to be successful and we’ll do the same thing for the rest of them.”

Sams was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Antoine, a 5’11, 200-pound cornerback from Loreauville High School, redshirted last season at TCU. Viator said he has good hands and also offers experience as a return man.

He has four years of eligibility remaining.

Skinner will provide help at tight end for McNeese, which didn’t sign any tight ends in this year’s recruiting class after Nic Jacobs’ surprise jump to the NFL.

The 6’3, 247-pound Patterson High School grad took a rocky road to McNeese, first committing to Arkansas, then signing with Houston. He then had his scholarship revoked by the Cougars after he was charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile, a felony, in August 2013. Skinner was listed on Tulane’s 2013 football roster, but a report from the New Orleans Advocate today said he was never admitted to the school.

“All that is behind him,” Viator said. “He’s a kid that we think can come in and help us at tight end. He’s a young man we recruited that I have a lot of faith and confidence in, on and off the field.”

He has four years of eligibility remaining.

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