MESA, Ariz. - The Arizona Rattlers have been assigned rookie defensive back Deante' Purvis on a one-year contract.
Purvis (5-11, 195, UNLV) played in 45 games at UNLV, returning 112 kickoffs for 2,626 yards and two touchdowns. He tallied 41 kick returns for 1,000 yards during his senior season at UNLV, earning Second Team All-Mountain West honors for his efforts. As a sophomore, Purvis posted the fourth-most kickoff return yards in the nation with 1,165. He led the country and set UNLV and Mountain West conference records with 50 kick returns.
A Pinole, California-native, Purvis' 4.3-second 40 time in college earned him a training camp opportunity with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.