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Champion gets his pro chance

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According to team officials, the 6-2 and 202-pounder will compete with holdover Gino Guidugli for the No. 3 spot behind provisional starters Jarious Jackson and Buck Pierce.

Champion impressed Lions’ representatives enough during a recent free agent tryout camp held in Portland, Ore., to gain a three-year contract.

The 23-year-old native of Bessamer, Ala., started for two years at Tech, where he ended his career in 2007 while leading the Bulldogs to five wins and one victory shy of NCAA bowl eligibility.

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