New Additions to the Practice Squad

The big roster news of the day on Tuesday was Quincy Black’s unfortunate move to injured reserve, but the Buccaneers also tweaked their practice squad once again before starting up their week of preparations for the Panthers.

Two spots on that eight-man crew switched hands, as the team brought in DE Ernest Owusu and WR Diondre Borel and released TE LaMark Brown and WR Dale Moss.

Though Ernest Owusu shares a last name and a former college conference (the Pac-10) with current Buccaneers receiver Chris Owusu, the two are not related.  The Bucs’ newest Owusu originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings in May.  The former University of California standout earned a spot on Minnesota’s practice squad to start the season but was just released from that unit last Friday.  At Cal, the 6-5, 270-pound Owusu played in 42 games with 18 starts and recorded 55 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks.  He was a repeat member of the Pac-10′s all-academic teams.

The 6-0, 199-pound Borel also came into the league as an undrafted free agent, though in 2011 with Green Bay, and he has spent most of the past two seasons on the Packers’ practice squad.  He converted to the receiver position in Green Bay after playing quarterback and punter in college at Utah State.  Running a spread offense for the Aggies, Borel threw for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns during his collegiate career, and also ran for nearly 1,500 yards.

Moss had been on the Bucs’ practice squad since the opening week, while Brown was just added last week.

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