BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Quintin Borders made plenty of history during his four-year career as a Bulldog, and he continued doing so Wednesday when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make him the first person from Union to sign a NFL contract.
"I could not be happier for Quintin," said Union head football coach Tommy Reid. "He is so very deserving. Quintin always worked hard and did everything he could for the team."
Borders is one of 16 undrafted free agents the Buccaneers signed. The other signees are: running back Armando Allen Jr. (Notre Dame); center Matt Allen (Texas A&M); offensive tackle Cory Brandon (Oklahoma); quarterback Mike Coughlin (Boise State); long snapper Aaron Feld (Mississippi State); linebacker Brandon Heath (Louisville); safety Devin Holland (McNeese State); kicker Josh Jasper (LSU); wide receiver Detron Lewis (Texas Tech); running back Mossis Madu (Oklahoma); linebacker Nick Reveiz (Tennessee); wide receiver Jock Sanders (West Virginia); linebacker Derrell Smith (Syracuse); wide receiver Raymond Webber (Arkansas-Pine Bluff); and long snapper Christian Yount (UCLA).
During his time at Union, Borders was named to the All-Conference First Team four times and earned the Mid-South Conference East Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, becoming the first offensive lineman in conference history to receive the award. In addition, Borders is a two-time AFCA NAIA All-American. He also landed on the inaugural Kentucky Chapter of the National Football League Alumni All-Commonwealth Team.
Despite missing a portion of the senior season due to injury, Borders anchored the offensive line which led the way for Union's record-setting offense. The Bulldogs set offensive records for most points in a season (440), most total offensive yards in a season (5,206), most rushing yards in a season (2,904) and most rushing touchdowns in a season (33).
With Borders helping lead the up front, Union has posted four of the top 10 scoring seasons in program history. The Bulldogs have scored a total of 1,397 total points and averaged 31.75 points per game during Borders' tenure.
The Buccaneers will open training camp later this week.
To read the release from the Buccaneers, click here.