ADRIAN, Mich.—Adrian College’s Taz Wallace has been invited to the Detroit Lions rookie camp next weekend in Allen Park, Michigan.

Wallace, who starred at middle linebacker for the Adrian College Bulldogs and became NCAA Division III’s all-time leading tackler by averaging over 13 stops per game in his career, will travel to Allen Park on Thursday to participate in the rookie camp along with the Lions’ 2007 draft picks and other free agency candidates.
 
Wallace spoke of his opportunity with the Lions:  “I really just thank God. All I wanted was an opportunity and it is just a blessing that it came today. I thank the Detroit Lions for giving me this opportunity.”
 
Wallace stated that he received a phone call from Lions’ college scout Bob Beers following the conclusion of the draft, inviting the Madison High School product to next weekend’s four-day camp.  “I am going to go there with the mentality that I am going to stay, not just for the experience or for a vacation.”
 
When asked about the fact that he is one of very few NCAA Division III players invited to camp, Wallace dismissed having any kind of chip on his shoulder.  “I am just going to go there and be myself. That is what I always do.  I am going to be humble and hard-working. I am not going to be affected by the fact that I come from a smaller school.”
 
Adrian College head football coach Jim Lyall spoke about Sunday’s news:  “This is a great day for Taz. This is a great day for Adrian College. This is the first experience I have had with a player being invited to an NFL camp. He has worked very, very hard for it. He has done everything he possibly could have to put himself in this position.”
 
Adrian College defensive coordinator Aaron Klotz also spoke of Wallace’s upcoming chance in the National Football League.  “I am thrilled that this day has come. All he has ever asked for is an opportunity, but Taz has earned this chance by working tirelessly and
committing himself without exception. He has now earned a chance that very few people ever have.”
 
After concluding his playing career at Adrian College, Wallace further made a name for himself with the professional football world by playing in the East Coast Bowl and being one of the first Division III players to be invited to play in the Magnolia Classic.  He later participated in the University of Michigan Pro Day in late March, posting impressive times and performances among the Wolverine NFL-hopefuls.
 
Wallace ended his career at Adrian as a three-time team captain, a three-time All-American and totaled 429 career tackles.

 
Courtesy of Eric Lacy of the Detroit News via the Adrian SID.