Jake Steinberg, TheJetsBlog.com
I’ve learned the Jets have signed three players: the DT Junior Aumavae, WR Thomas Mayo, and DB Eric Crocker.
Let’s take a look at all three below:
Junior Aumavae is a 6’3”, 310 lbs Nose Tackle. He graduated from Palmer High School in 2004 and started his football career at Western Washington University. He Played three years for Western Washington University before transferring to Minnesota State, Mankato to finish his senior year of football. Where directly after the 2010 NFL draft he was signed as a priority free agent to the Dallas Cowboys. His College Career statistics are: 37 games, 71 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, 2 block kicks, 2 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Pro Statics are: 1 game, 5 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss.
Mayo comes from California University of Pennsylvania. He is listed at just under 6’2″ and 200 lbs. In 2011, as a senior, he accumulated 79 total receptions for 1359 yards and 16 TDs with an average of 104.5 yards per game. He is known for being an extremely hard worker.
Crocker played last season in the AFL for the San Antonio Talons. Crocker, who went to the University of Arkansas at Monticello is 6-2, 195 pounds. He racked up 70 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions in 19 games for the Talons.
Crocker has an unbelievable story as as Ed Yevelev of the Lodi News-Sentinel explains: Crocker also had breakdowns off the field. He was a starter in high school when eligible, but those appearances were sporadic due to academics. After graduating from in 2005 with only 10 high school contests under his belt, it was a similar story that fall at Delta College, where grades limited Crocker’s promising start.
His gridiron career almost ended there.
From 2006 to 2009 Crocker was away from the game completely. He worked various jobs — security, at a warehouse, at a group home — to make ends meet, while bouncing around between San Jose and his native Stockton.
“Things didn’t go my way and I had my doubts. It was almost like I didn’t think football was even a possibility,” Crocker said, “that maybe football isn’t for me. Maybe I’m not good enough.”
Starting from scratch, he earned another shot to pursue the game he loved.
That first step was returning to the junior college level at Modesto JC, where Crocker got his grades in order, grew stronger and ended up excelling on the field. An all-conference player in the fall of 2009 at Modesto, he was able to get his associate degree and transfer over to Division-II University of Arkansas-Monticello.
“He came determined to turn it around, and wasn’t afraid to work hard,” said Modesto head coach Sam Young, to whom Crocker credits a lot of his success. “It was no easy feat for him to get his academics in order, and then to knock the rust off and play. But he determined his own destiny.” A member of the UAM secondary from 2010 to 2011, Crocker got a chance to try out for the Arena Football League’s San Antonio Talons at the end of his senior season. He was offered an AFL contract last February, and jumped at the chance to further hone his game and while providing for his son.