The Columbus Lions continued to bolster their defense this week with the signing of former Auburn defensive lineman Tez Doolittle.
Doolittle, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman out of Opelika, spent six years at Auburn, where he sat out the 2007 campaign after rupturing an Achilles tendon. He returned in 2008 to notch 28 tackles, including eight for a loss, in 2008.
Doolittle went undrafted but signed a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.
Lions coach Jason Gibson said he tried to land Doolittle in the past, but the timing was never right.
“We’ve been trying to get him here for a while,” Gibson said. “Finally we got to talking and things just worked out for both of us."
Doolittle joins a growing group of new defensive players signed by the Lions in the offseason that includes several former FBS and FCS players.
“It’s a huge improvement with us signing all these guys from Troy, Georgia, Auburn and Florida,” Gibson said.
The Lions host the North Georgia Bulldogs on March 13 at the Columbus Civic Center, dive into their Southern Indoor Football League title defense with a regular-season opener at the Alabama Hammers in Huntsville, Ala., on March 19 and host the Richmond Raiders on March 27.