The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi on Friday.
Someone on the scouting staff was certainly earning their money with this signing as Sheehy-Guiseppi played two seasons with Phoenix College, an NJCAA school in the Western States Football League. (He was simply Damon Sheehy then.)
The 5-foot-11 and 181-pound Sheehy-Guiseppi last played in 2016, a season that saw him earn first-team All-American honors for the conference after leading the nation in kick return yardage (1,278 yards) and kick return touchdowns (four), and was second in the conference in yards per kick return (32.8) and second in punt return yards (400).
Recruited as a wide receiver, Sheehy-Guiseppi started returning kicks the second game of his freshman season, and he lead the league with 1,178 return yards on kickoffs and was a first-team All-ACCAC honors selection.
His second, and final, year with the Bears is when Sheehy-Guiseppi really turned it on, according to an article on the school’s website:
This year, despite battling nagging leg injuries that kept him out of two games in the middle of the season, opposing special teams simply had no answer for Sheehy’s elusiveness and burst of speed when he saw an opening on kickoffs or punts. Sheehy scored a touchdown in three of the Bears’ first four games of the season-all either from a kick or a punt return-running back a punt 77 yards in the season opener against Tucson Tech for a score; taking a kickoff from his own 2-yard line to pay dirt in the Bears’ 2nd game of the season at Glendale; then taking another kickoff back 95 yards to the end zone two weeks later at Scottsdale. In fact, the only thing that prevented Sheehy from putting two more returns in the end zone during that stretch of games was penalties, since he had a punt return touchdown called back against Glendale and against Mesa. Once Sheehy got healthy again in late October, he formally announced to the NJCAA Football world that he was back by returning a 94-yard kick return to ‘the house’ in the 2nd quarter, and a 95-yarder for six points in the 3rd quarter in his first game back at Pima.
Given that the Browns appear to be set at wide receiver, Sheehy-Guiseppi’s best shot at a roster spot would be in the return game.