University of Maine’s Derek Session invited to Buffalo Bills camp; Phanor to play in Germany

Posted May 01, 2012, at 7:44 p.m.
Last modified May 01, 2012, at 8:09 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Derek Session of the University of Maine on Tuesday continued the parade of Black Bears headed to National Football League training camps.

The senior receiver has been invited to attend the Buffalo Bills’ rookie camp.

Session, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Baltimore, will have familiar company with the Bills as UMaine teammate Derek Buttles was granted a free-agent tryout on Monday.

Coach Jack Cosgrove’s Black Bears, coming off their best season since 2002, have now established a program record with five players participating in NFL training camps.

UMaine’s other hopefuls are safety Jerron McMillian, who was drafted in the fourth round (133rd overall) by the Green Bay Packers; safety Trevor Coston, who was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears; and running back Pushaun Brown, who was invited to try out for the New York Jets.

In keeping with the professional theme, UMaine senior Kevin Phanor also has signed a contract to play with the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League.

Session is coming off a senior season during which he made 38 receptions for 398 yards and scored two touchdown as UMaine advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision national quarterfinals.

Session was an All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team pick as a receiver in 2010 when he made 50 catches for 580 yards and one TD.

Phanor is pursuing an opportunity overseas as one of only three American players for the Stuttgart Scorpions.

The 6-1, 290-pound defensive tackle was a force on UMaine’s defensive line last season. Phanor started all 13 games last season and ranked seventh on the team with 49 tackles, including one sack.

Phanor’s U.S. teammates with the Scorpions are quarterback Tom Schneider of Ferris State and defensive back John Pike, who played at North Dakota State.

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