Former IUP All-American defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah has returned to the NFL.
Owusu-Ansah, who played for the Crimson Hawks from 2006 to 2009, signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday and will join the team today at its training camp facility, in Metairie, La.
Originally drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, Owusu-Ansah has had a nomadic journey through the NFL. He has played in 14 games with the Cowboys and later the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has also spent time with the Oakland Raiders and had an offseason workout with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He has played on both sides of the ball, as a cornerback and safety on defense and a wide receiver on offense. Owusu-Ansah has also been a key contributor on special teams, with 646 career return yards on kickoffs and punts. He has averaged 21.4 yards per kickoff return and 7.8 yards per punt return in his career.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Owusu-Ansah went to training camp with the Cowboys last summer and then spent most of the season on the Oakland Raiders practice squad before being released.
In his career at IUP, Owusu-Ansah averaged 26.2 yards per kickoff return, the fourth-best average in school history. His punt return average of 11.4 yards is tops all-time.
Owusu-Ansah is the only former IUP player on a current NFL roster.