METAIRIE, La. - Former Newberry College cornerback Kamaal McIlwain was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad last week. McIlwain returns to the league after two months out of action.
McIlwain was a member of the Saints' NFC South rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, during training camp. He was one of the last cuts after training camp for the Falcons to get down to the NFL-prescribed regular season roster size.
McIlwain was added to the Saints' practice squad on November 8. McIlwain posted 25 tackles (20 solo), two interceptions and eight passes defended in 2010 after being named a Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference second team selection. He also averaged 33 yards per kick return including an 80-yard return for a touchdown in the season finale against Wingate.
He was also named all-South Atlantic Conference second team as a junior, as well as DAKTRONICS all-Super Region Two second team, Don Hansen's Football Gazette all-Super Region Two Second Team and all-SAC first team during his breakout sophomore season.
Over the course of his career, McIlwain made a total of 93 tackles with six interceptions, 24 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks and two touchdowns.