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Nash Returns to Cardinals; Fleming to Play for Mountain Lions

Nash Returns to Cardinals; Fleming to Play for Mountain Lions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento State football players Zack Nash and Jeff Fleming each have signed professional football contracts. Nash will rejoin the Arizona Cardinals as a member of the team's practice squad while Fleming was inked by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.

Nash originally signed with the Cardinals as an udrafted free agent during the spring. He was released following the third week of training camp after being plagued by an ankle injury.

As a senior, Nash earned All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and Walter Camp. He was also a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection and was named the team's MVP. He led the team with 15.0 tackles-for-loss, including 10.5 sacks. Nash also had forced three fumbles, broke up a pair of passes and blocked a kick.

Fleming played quarterback for the Hornets from 2010-11. As a senior, he appeared in seven games and was the starter in the first six contests before being slowed by an injury. Fleming helped Sacramento State to its 29-28 upset victory at Oregon State, throwing for 257 yards and three touchdowns against the Beavers. As a junior, he threw for 2,044 yards and set the school single-season record with 23 touchdown passes.

The Mountain Lions are scheduled to open their season on Friday, Sept. 28. He will compete with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and San Francisco 49er Josh Johnson and former Texas A&M Jerrod Johnson for the QB job.