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Against All Odds: Herd, Mayowa in Seahawks Camp

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RENTON, Wash. -- A pair of players with ties to the Inland Northwest are hoping to overcome long odds to make the final roster with the Seahawks.  Wide receiver Greg Herd (Eastern Washington Univ.) and defensive end Benson Mayowa (Univ. of Idaho) survived the first round of cuts on Sunday, but there's still a long way to go between training camp and the regular season.

"It's amazing because I've been through a lot," said Mayowa, 21, who was raised in Inglewood, California and has a tattoo of his late mother.  "I worked very hard to get where I'm at right now.  To have this opportunity to play with the big boys, it's great."

Mayowa had 11 sacks and 11 forced fumbles in his four-year career with the Vandals in Moscow.  Now he's working alonside a group of defensive ends that includes Bruce Irvin (8.0 sacks last season as a 1st round pick), Red Bryant (starter for the last 2-plus season), and two free agent acquisitions (Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett).  The team's leader in sacks over the last three years -- Chris Clemons -- is currently on the PUP list after undergoing knee surgery after last season's wild-card playoff victory against the Washington Redskins.

Herd, meanwhile, was part of an electrifying receiving corps at Eastern, playing alongside 1,000 yard threats Brandon Kaufman and Nicholas Edwards.  Now he has even more competition at football's highest level.

"It's going to be a challenge," said Herd. "We have a lot of older guys who can play, as well as younger guys.  All I can do is do what's in my power and play my best and perform."

Herd had a standout junior season in Cheney with the Eagles, making second team All-Big Sky with 67 receptions, 1022 yards, and 7 touchdowns.  The jump from college to the NFL is as big as they come, but Herd is getting help from his fellow receivers during camp.

"My first couple of days, Golden [Tate] was helping out a lot.  Lately, Sidney [Rice] helped me out with different ways to run routes and release.  They help me out on the field and in the film room."

Neither Mayowa or Herd garnered much national attention coming out of college, and both went undrafted.  But both have skills that they hope sets them apart from the competition.

"My speed," said Mayowa. "I have a good 'get off the ball.' I just watch the ball and I get off.  I've been having that since college."

"Versatility," said Herd. "I feel like I can play multiple positions as well as special teams.  I can just run a whole variety of routes; over the top, underneath.  I just have to play within the system and find a spot, and work my way in there."

Mawoya made enough of an impression on the coaching staff during the Seahawks' three-day rookie minicamp to earn an invitation to Renton.  Now he has to continue to find ways to wow the coaches and earn a spot on the roster.

"Everyday is a new day.  What you did yesterday doesn't matter.  You've got to come out here and do something new.  Up the play everyday."