RASHAD BARKSDALE A DB for the Tampa Storm the same team as Adrian Mcpherson is an interesting player to watch in the Arena League this season. After not playing football since H.S. to concentrate on baseball, when baseball fell through he played one season for Albany a Division I FCS (1AA) and after only one season was drafted by the Eagles in 2007 spent the 2007 season on the Chiefs 53 man roster than began to bounce from team to team practice rosters to 53 man rosters until he exhausted all his options. He went to the arena league in 2011 and had a tryout with Calgary in 2011 and back to Arena in 2012 for a bad Kansas City team that was first in the league on defense but last on offense.
With Tampa Storm this season he will not have that problem. He has also been very affective in playing the motion receiver much like a CFL HB would do.
I would not be shocked to see him in a CFL camp this season even though he is 28. He only played one season of college football and one full season on the Chiefs 53 man roster playing specials before ending his NFL stint in 2009 with the Cardinals and was realesed on August 6th 2010 as he had no practic squad eligibilty left. 2010 was only his 5th season of football after only one year of College and the rest in the NFL.
now that he has mastered covering a forward motion receiver after tow season in the Arena League I suspect he will gain some CFL attention.
[url=http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/030113aag.html]http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-f ... 13aag.html[/url]
Being in Florida should also help his chances as many CFL tryout camps are held in Florida and he will come into any tryout with a very impressive NFL resume. I could see Chris Jones in Toronto now giving him a second look after the 2011 stint with the Stamps when Jones was there to see if he has improved at covering a receiver in forward motion as the Argos will be looking for a HB to replace Mcoullough. The first time around with the CFL he was just fresh off a full season with Kansas City in the Arena league learning to cover the REC in forward motion.
He will not be the first stampeder to get a shot with the stamps in 2011, Tony Washington, only to be released and return to the Arena league for another season in 2012 only to become the Anchor on the Argos Oline at LT for the second half of the season.