Novak now a Charger
The former Albemarle/Maryland standout and Hotseat sitter Nick Novak is now a San Diego Charger. Novak has played 22 NFL games with the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and the Kansas City Chiefs, who let him go in October, 2008.
In a 2006 Hook Hotseat, Novak said that one of his goals was to “be the best kicker in the league. If I'm going to do something, I don't want to do it halfway.”
At Maryland, Novak was the ACC's all-time leading scorer (393 points), and in the NFL he has made 19 of 30 field goals and 32 of 32 PATs (extra points). His career-high field goal distance is 47 yards, which happens to be the distance of the game-winning kick he made against the Dallas Cowboys on November 5, 2006 with no time left on the clock, a feat former Hook reporter Lindsay Barnes was there to see.
In addition, some notable free-agent signings took place after the recent NFL draft, with former AHS and William & Mary QB R.J. Archer going to the Minnesota Vikings (thanks, Todd), UVA OT Will Barker going to the Cowboys, UVA DT Nate Collins going to the New York Giants, UVA WR/CB Vic Hall going to the Bears, UVA FB Rashawn Jackson going to the Panthers, and UVA RB Mikell Simpson going to the Bengals.