ABILENE - Former ACU quarterback Mitchell Gale will report to the St. Louis Rams' mini-camp later this week after going through a tryout last week with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
After the NFL Draft ended last Saturday, Gale few to Florida where he went through a three-day mini-camp with the Argonauts, the defending CFL champion. Gale reported that the team wanted to sign him after the mini-camp ended Monday, but by that time he had the invitation from the Rams to attend their rookie mini-camp, which starts May 9 at their facility in St. Louis.
"As soon as the practice ended (Monday), Toronto's general manger (Jim Barker) came up to me and told me they really wanted me in their organization," Gale said. "I had found out, though, that I had gotten the invitation from the Rams and told him that I wanted to see where that led me. (Barker) told me they understood the situation and would allow me to exhaust all of my NFL options, but that I have a spot with their organization if I don't catch on with an NFL team."
A native of Alva, Okla., Gale finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading passer in program and Lone Star Conference history, finishing with 12,109 career yards - 97 more than the quarterback who played the four years before he arrived at ACU, Billy Malone. Gale also surpassed Malone's career record of 12,080 total yards and tied his program mark with 30 victories.
Gale tossed the three longest touchdown passes of his career during the 2012 season, starting with a game-winning 85-yard strike to Darian Hogg in a 24-17 come-from-behind victory at Texas A&M-Commerce. He then tossed strikes of 87 and 80 yards in ACU's 24-12 win at Incarnate Word. Gale's 97th and final TD was a bullet that Hogg caught on a crossing route and took down the left sideline for 80 yards.
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