Saints sign former PRCC player Ball

Published 7:00 am Friday, April 4, 2014

Apparently, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton likes former Pearl River Community College players.

The New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with safety Marcus Ball on a three-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Ball, 6-1, 209, played two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after finishing his college career at the University of Memphis. In two seasons with Toronto, he recorded 142 tackles, seven sacks, four interceptions, two returned for touchdowns and three fumble recoveries. In 2013, Ball posted 69 stops, four sacks and three interceptions for the Argonauts.

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The Atlanta native played his final two college seasons for the Tigers as their starting free safety, recording 66 tackles (35 solo) and two interceptions as a senior in 2010. He started his career at Florida State where he appeared in 13 games in 2006 and 2007 and then transferred to Memphis after playing the 2008 season at Pearl River Community College under head coach Tim Hatten. Overall in four seasons with the Seminoles and Tigers, he ended his college career with 145 tackles (73 solo), five interceptions and one sack.

Ball joins another former PRCC Wildcat on the Saints’ roster. Running back Tavaris Cadet has been a member of the Saints’ team for the past two seasons and remains with the team. He has been a mainstay on special teams.