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Football - Mon, Dec. 12, 2011

Former Gainesville Leopards standout Darcel McBath has a new NFL home.

McBath signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League Monday. The 2004 Gainesville High School graduate was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos in 2009, but was released by the Broncos earlier this season.

McBath was an All-Big 12 selection at defensive back for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, where he started for three seasons.

He played in 13 games for the Broncos his rookie year, getting an interception in just his second career game. He also intercepted Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in week 14 that season, but suffered a broken forearm just a few plays later, putting him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

In 2003, McBath led the Gainesville Leopards to the Class 3A Division I state championship. The Leopards beat Burnet, a team that included current NFL players Stephen McGee (Dallas Cowboys) and Jordan Shipley (Cincinatti Bengals), in the championship game. It was the first, and only, state football championship in Gainesville High School history.

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