Three Rebels Sign With NFL Teams

April 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - Three former UNLV football players have come to terms on contracts with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.

Record-setting wide receiver Phillip Payne has signed with the San Diego Chargers, defensive back Quinton Pointer will join the St. Louis Rams and defensive back/kick returner Deante' Purvis inked a deal with the San Francisco 49ers.

Payne, a local product from Western High School, caught more touchdown passes - 26 - than any Rebel in history. His 171 career receptions rank fifth all-time at the school and his 2,295 yards through the air stand eighth. On February 5, he shined in the Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock, Ark., catching five passes for 110 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass.

Pointer, a four-year starter in the Rebel secondary, is a Fort Myers, Fla., native who played both cornerback and safety during his time in Las Vegas. As a senior he ranked fourth on the team with 59 tackles and tied for the squad lead in forced fumbles with three. He grabbed two of his six career interceptions last fall.

Purvis, who hails from Pinole Valley, Calif., gets a chance to be closer to home in the Bay Area. He is a four-year letterman who played as both a defensive back and running back as a Rebel. Last season he earned Second Team All-Mountain West as a kick returner. He finished as the leader in school and conference history with 112 returns for 2,626 yards. He took back 41 attempts last year for exactly 1,000 yards and was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week on October 31 after he averaged 40 yards on five returns, including a 98-yard touchdown.