NEWARK, Del.- The number of former University of Delaware football standouts in the National Football League swelled to 10 this week as former Blue Hens defensive stalwarts Paul Worrilow, Ricky Tunstall, and Marcus Burley signed free agent contracts.
Worrilow, a three-time All-Colonial Athletic Association linebacker and one of Delaware's all-time leading tacklers, signed with the Atlanta Falcons; Tunstall, a defensive back who also returned punts, signed with the Cleveland Browns; and four-year starting cornerback Marcus Burley inked a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
All three will begin their dream of playing in the National Football League later this month with the start of free agent and rookie camps.
The three join seven other former Blue Hens currently on active rosters in the NFL, including quarterback Joe Flacco and center Gino Gradkowski of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens; veteran safety Mike Adams of the Denver Broncos; quarterback Pat Devlin of the Miami Dolphins; defensive back Anthony Walters of the Chicago Bears; defensive end Ronald Talley of the Arizona Cardinals; and tight end/fullback Josh Baker of the New York Jets.
Worrilow, a 6-0, 230 lb. history major from Wilmington, Del. (Concord High School), was the Blue Hens' top player in 2012 when he earned third team The Sports Network All-American honors while also earning first team All-CAA and first team All-East (ECAC) laurels.
A three-time All-CAA selection, Worrilow was a four-year starter at linebacker and a two-year captain for the Blue Hens, recording 377 career tackles to rank No. 5 all-time in Delaware history. He led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons, posting 107 stops in 2012 to rank No. 15 among all NCAA Football Championship Subdivision defenders with 10.7 per game. He also chipped in with nine tackles for loss, three sacks, and two pass breakups.
In addition, Worrilow earned the team's UD Sportsmanship Award in 2012, was a three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week, and was nominated for the AFCA Good Works and the CAA Chuck Boone Leadership Award.
Burley, a 5-10, 190 lb. sport management major from Richmond, Va. (Highland Spring High School), was a four-year regular at cornerback for the Blue Hens who started 33 career games. For his career, Burley played in 48 games and recorded 169 tackles, four interceptions, and 18 pass breakups.
A 2011 All-CAA selection, Burley recorded 27 tackles this past fall and broke up five passes. He also was a punt returner during his career.
Tunstall, a 5-11, 200 lb. economics major from Bridgeton, N.J. (Glassboro HS), was a four-year standout and one of the team's most versatile performers, playing cornerback, safety, and returning punts. He played in 44 career games with 16 starts and collected 101 tackles and nine interceptions.
He enjoyed an outstanding senior season in 2012 when he recorded 60 tackles and broke up six passes and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He tied two school records this past fall as he returned two interceptions for touchdowns, a 91-yarder vs. Delaware State and a 77-yarder vs. Richmond, and became only the third player in UD history to return three interceptions for touchdowns in a career. He also averaged 5.5 yards on 14 punt returns.
Delaware, led by first-year head coach Dave Brock, will close out spring drills this Saturday, May 4, when the Blue Hens take part in the annual Blue-White Spring Game at Delaware Stadium at 1 p.m. Fandemonium IV, a fan celebration that includes games, food, and fun for the whole family, will be held prior the scrimmage from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in front of Delaware Stadium.