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FORMER FERRIS STANDOUT SIGNED BY NFL'S SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Carlton Brewster Added To Team's Practice Squad For 2007 Season

The National Football League's (NFL) San Diego Chargers have signed former Ferris State University standout receiver Carlton Brewster to its practice squad.

Carlton Brewster The 5-11 Brewster, who was recently released by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in August, made one reception for 10 yards and returned three kickoffs for 23 yards in three preseason outings with the Packers this year. He previously went to training camp with the Cleveland Browns before being among the team's cuts last year.

Brewster, who has been assigned jersey #11 with San Diego, is the only non-rookie on the Chargers' current eight-player practice squad. Additionally, he is the only wide receiver listed on the squad's practice team after being signed Tuesday (Sept. 11).

Brewster made quite a favorable first impression in his NFL Europa (formerly NFL Europe) debut during the spring 2007 season as a member of the Berlin (Germany) Thunder. Brewster, who played at Ferris State from 2002-05, placed tied for third among all NFL Europa receivers this year with 37 receptions for 548 yards while averaging 14.8 yards per catch. The Grand Rapids Creston High School product made his NFL Europa debut on April 14 against the Rhein Fire and caught seven passes for 95 yards in a 15-3 victory. In his second game, Brewster was on the receiving end of seven passes for 103 yards in a 16-7 home loss to the Hamburg Sea Devils (April 22).

Brewster was assigned to the Thunder by the Green Bay Packers after having spent the entire 2006 season on the team's practice squad. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns on May 4, 2006, before being traded to Green Bay on Aug. 22, 2006. Brewster was re-signed to Green Bay's practice squad on Oct. 18 of last year after being released by the Packers in the final preseason cutdown prior to the start of the 2006 campaign.

A 2005 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team member and an Associated Press (AP) Little All-America Second-Team selection, Brewster concluded his four-year Bulldog career ranking second among Ferris' all-time receiving leaders with 3,184 career receiving yards and 25 TDs on 234 receptions in 43 outings. He finished in fifth place on the GLIAC's career receiving yardage leaders list with 2,923 yards on 213 grabs in conference games only. He also is third among the Bulldogs' career leaders chart in kickoff returns (1,197 yds.), fourth in punt returns (588 yds.), fifth in all-purpose yards (5,029 yds.), and eighth in scoring (164 pts.).

The Chargers, who posted a season-opening 14-3 home triumph over the Chicago Bears last Sunday (Sept. 9), visit the New England Patriots this Sunday, Sept. 16, for a 8:15 p.m. (EST) tilt. The game will be televised by NBC as part of its "Sunday Night Football" telecast.

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