August 7, 2013
Catawba Athletics 2012-13 Most Memorable Moments: No. 16
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No. 16: Jumal Rolle sign with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills
Football cornerback Jumal Rolle signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills a few days after the NFL Draft. Rolle is the second Catawba player to sign a free agent contract in the past three years as he follows Julian Hartsell, who signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2011.
Catawba College cornerback Jumal Rolle (Wilson, NC/Beddingfield HS) signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL on Monday. Here is an article on the signing from Mike London of The Salisbury Post.
Former Catawba coach Chip Hester describes cornerback Jumal Rolle as polite and respectful, but don’t confuse polite and respectful with meek.
“Jumal’s got a little swagger to him, and I mean that in the best possible way,” Hester said. “As a cornerback, you’ve absolutely got to have that.”
Rolle, who had an All-America senior season to cap a fabulous, 16-picks career at Catawba, got a phone call from the Buffalo Bills over the weekend. He has signed an undrafted free agent contract and will report for his first NFL camp on May 10. Many believe Rolle has a legitimate chance to make the Bills’ 53-man roster.
“Cornerbacks are the toughest thing to find,” Hester said. “Jumal is that prototype guy, and that’s why half the teams in the NFL came here to see him. Line up a whole bunch of guys, and you’d pick him out as the one who’s an NFL cornerback.”
That’s true enough. That Catawba ‘C’ on Rolle’s helmet could just as easily have stood for Colorado or California or Cincinnati. He looks the part.
Rolle is a shade under 6 feet tall and weighs 188 pounds. That’s nice size for a corner, and he has enough speed. On his March pro day workout at Wake Forest, he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, and he plays faster than he times and changes direction smoothly. His vertical jump is 36 inches. He’s also a stout corner physically. He has linebacker arms and bench-pressed 225 pounds 17 times on his pro day workout.
A native of Wilson who graduated from Beddingfield High, Rolle watched the draft with family. The phone rang often.
“The Bills had been one of the teams that looked at me, but I didn’t really have an idea it would be them,” Rolle said. “Not until they called Saturday and told me that while they didn’t have a pick for me, I would be a priority guy for them after the draft if no one else took me. I sat down with my agent after the draft, and we agreed Buffalo was the best option.”
Rolle’s conversations with elders are still punctuated by “yes, sirs,” but he never played like a yes-sir guy. He was fast and physical, quick enough to sprint with wideouts and rugged enough to be a run-stopper.
As Buffalo regional scout Tom Roth said on the Bills’ official website, “Rolle pretty much dominated Division II — which you need to do to have a chance in the NFL.”
Rolle did dominate. He picked off six passes last fall and broke up 10 more, and it’s not like opponents were gameplanning to go at him. He also forced a fumble, recovered two fumbles, made 56 tackles and blocked four kicks.
His excellence on special teams was a factor in his being signed. It’s like the Bills got two prospects — both a corner and a special-teams playmaker. That could make a difference as Rolle wrestles for a roster spot.
“Special teams are huge at the next level and a lot of attention is given to special teams,” Rolle said. “I’m hoping that gives me an edge.”
Rolle had a difficult 2012. He lost his mother, Letitia, in the summer. Then Catawba struggled through a losing fall.
“We lost a lot of close games and I learned you should never take winning for granted,” Rolle said. “I just continued to work hard week after week, and I believe good things will come if you stay patient and keep working.”
Rolle’s former coaches and teammates will monitor his NFL quest closely and will be rooting for him.
“Every scout that came in here, I told them if they liked Jumal on film, then they were going to love him as a person,” Hester said. “He’s gifted physically, but more than that, he’s just a tremendous young man.
We’re excited he’s earned a shot. A shot is all you can ask for.”
|Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC),|
|Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC),||Stats|
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7
Softball @ Limestone 8-1
Softball @ Limestone 1-2
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17
Baseball @ Tampa 5-9
Softball vs. KING 3-17
Softball vs. KING 2-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15
Baseball @ Tampa 8-12
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2
Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8
Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7
Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9
Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC)
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12
Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7
Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9
Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8
Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7
Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1)
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10
Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12
Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6
Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC)
Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 4 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 7 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 4 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon
Baseball @ Mars Hill noon
Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)
Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)
Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)
Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.
Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon
Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.
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