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The Jacksonville Jaguars Player Personnel department is hosting three scouting interns for the 2006 training camp. Jason DesJarlais, Ronald "Vinnie" Burns and Zachary Truty are spending the beginning of camp with the staff to gain first-hand NFL experience.

"We're happy to have the gentlemen spend time with our staff," said Jaguars Vice President/Player Personnel James Harris. "We're interested in helping develop scouts and helping to create opportunities, so this internship program is designed to do that."

DesJarlais, a former two-time All-America defensive end at the University of Montana-Western from 1992-95, is in his first season as the special teams coordinator and defensive assistant at Yale University. He returns to familiar territory after spending the last two seasons as the special teams/recruiting coordinator and secondary coach at Jacksonville University under head coach Steve Gilbert. DesJarlais has also coached at San Diego (1999-2000, 02-2005), Bates College (2000-02), Humboldt State (1997-1999) and Montana-Western (1996-1997). He will be with the Jaguars staff through August 4.

Burns, a former punter at Virginia Tech (2000-04), has had numerous tryouts with NFL teams since college, including the Jaguars. Burns was a three-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (2002-04), a two-time recipient of the Special Teams Player of the Year Award (2002-03) as well as a participant in the 2004 Hula Bowl. Burns is with the Jacksonville staff until August 21.

Truty, an undergraduate from the University of Michigan, assisted the Detroit Lions during the 2006 NFL Draft. He has also served as a coaching assistant at University High School in Norman, Illinois where he had previously played linebacker and was team captain as a senior. Truty will be in camp through August 20.

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