Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts
By HANK KURZ Jr.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox is getting a shot at the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts.
His agent said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox has agreed to terms with the Colts.
"He's heading to Indianapolis" Friday, Joe Flanagan said. Flanagan did not discuss terms of the deal on Thursday, but Alie-Cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.
Alie-Cox hasn't played football in nine years, since he was a defensive end and tight end in his freshman year of high school. As a redshirt senior forward for the Rams, who do not have a football program, Alie-Cox was deemed a free agent because he was five years out of high school.
Earlier this month, most NFL teams sent scouts to watch Alie-Cox work out in Richmond. He prepared less than a month for the workouts, not turning his attention to trying to get football-ready until after VCU was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Alie-Cox also had individual workouts for several teams, and some NFL teams sent scouts to watch him play during the season.
Known for his leaping ability and 7-foot-1 wingspan, Alie-Cox became a favorite of VCU fans for highlight-reel blocked shots, a regularity that eventually caused the fans to chant "Mo Says No" each time he would reject an attempt.
In his final season at VCU, Alie-Cox averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and blocked 71 shots in 35 games.
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Updated April 20, 2017