The upstart United Football League held its inaugural draft on Thursday night, with three former Cowboys and six former Texas college football standouts being taken.
The league is comprised of four teams — New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and San Francisco. In 2010, franchises from Hartford and Los Angeles will be added to the league's roster.
Tyson Thompson, a graduate of Irving high school and former Cowboys running back, was selected by Las Vegas.
Orlando selected Brooks Bollinger, who began last season as third string quarterback before jumping Brad Johnson on the depth chart.
Blocking for him will be Rob Pettiti, an offensive tackle who spent one unremarkable season with Dallas before being shipped to New Orleans.
Defensive end and former UNT standout Adrian Awasom, who spent two seasons with the New York Giants, was selected by Las Vegas.
New York drafted former Texas Southern safety Oliver Celestin, who spent time with the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. The team also drafted former Texas Tech running back Shannon Woods.
Bo Schobel, a two-time All-Conference USA tight end out of TCU was selected by Orlando, after spending time with Tennessee, Indianapolis, Arizona and Jacksonville.
Orlando also selected Keith Heinrich, a tight end out of Sam Houston, who made five stops in the NFL, the last being in Baltimore.
San Francisco selected Joe West, a wide receiver out of UTEP, who was initially signed by Dallas, but never made it off the practice squad. He spent 2008 with New Orleans.
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