Citadel punter Cass Couey gets NFL tryout with New York Giants

Former Citadel punter Cass Couey has been invited to a mini-camp tryout with the New York Giants. (File photo).

Former Citadel punter Cass Couey will get a free-agent tryout with the New York Giants at the NFL team’s mini-camp, set for May 11-13.

The Giants could offer Couey a free-agent contract after the tryout, The Buffalo Bills signed five players after a mini-camp on April 16.

Couey, a 6-1, 210-pounder from Tampa, Fla., started four years at punter for The Citadel, averaging 43 yards per kick as a junior and 42.4 yards last season as a senior.

Couey’s chief rival as top punter in the Southern Conference, Appalachian State’s Sam Martin, was drafted in the fifth round of last weekend’s NFL draft by Detroit. Martin averaged 45.9 yards per kick last season.

Couey is the second Citadel player to receive a mini-camp invitation. Defensive end Chris Billingslea will go to camp with Seattle on May 11-13.

Charleston Southern cornerback Charles James will also be at the Giants’ mini-camp. James, a 5-9, 179-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla., made 32 tackles and intercepted two passes for CSU last year, making first-team all-Big South.

Here’s a list of FCS players from South Carolina who have received mini-camp invitations so far:

Citadel P Cass Couey, Giants; Citadel DE Chris Billingslea, Seahawks; Wofford FB Eric Breitenstein, Panthers; Wofford LB Mike Niam, Browns; South Carolina State FS Jakar Hamilton, Cowboys; Furman TE Colin Anderson, Vikings; Furman RB Jerodis Williams, Vikings; Charleston Southern CB Charles James, Giants; Presbyterian DT Xavier Boatright, Redskins; North Greenville LB Jonathan Sharpe, Seahawks.

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