Four Arizona senior football players were to participate in rookie free agent camps with National Football League teams this weekend in hopes of making rosters for full camp tryouts later this year.
Tight end Steve Fleming was picked up the New York Giants, defensive end Andre Torry was signed by the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans signed a pair of Cats in offensive lineman Chris Johnson and defensive lineman Carlos Williams.
Fleming, from Scottsdale, Ariz., finished his career at UA with 50 receptions for 584 yards and four scores, playing in 42 games for the Cats in a four-year career which began as a recruited quarterback.
Torrey, of San Francisco, is likely to be tried as a linebacker for the Patriots, defending Super Bowl champions. He led Arizona with 13 tackles for losses and five sacks his senior year.
Chris Johnson returns to Houston after starting the past three years at Arizona. Johnson, a former Houston North Shore High School star, started 31 games at tackle or guard on the UA front line and was named the most improved Wildcat offensive player before the his junior year.
Williams, from Denver, was a two-year starter at defensive tackle at Arizona and will get a look from the Texans as an end. Williams finished his career with 94 tackles and 3.5 sacks and batted down three passes and tied for the team lead with three fumble recoveries last year.
Fleming and Johnson were fifth-year seniors, while Torrey was a third-year junior college transfer who sat out his first season. Williams came to Arizona as a tight end, switched to defense in fall camp and played that year.