CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina safety Quinton Teal (Bennettsville, S.C./Marlboro County) has become the second CCU football player to join a National Football League squad, signing a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, the organization announced today.
A two-time First Team All-Big South selection and also named to the Associated Press All-America Second Team, Teal is the Big South Conference's all-time interception leader with 17 and leads the conference in single-season picks, this time tying with four, which ranks him 48th in the nation. He led the league with 13 passes defended and had 81 tackles, ranking second for Coastal and 12th overall in the league. He posted a career-best 13 tackles in the win over Liberty, including one tackle for loss and an interception that ended an LU scoring drive. He also added seven tackles, two pass breakups and a blocked kick that led to a two-point PAT conversion that was the difference in the win over Furman.
Teal, along with the 15 other college free agent signees, will join the eight rookies selected by Carolina in the 2007 NFL Draft as well as the Panthers returning veterans and veteran free agents signed this offseason at the team's upcoming mini-camp, which will be Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 at the team's practice facility at Bank of America Stadium.