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Pough said he missed the small things during his yearlong absence from football like the smell of the locker room, the blow of a whistle and the team environment. After being released the Scott’s Branch graduate set out to work harder and achieve a longtime goal of making it to the NFL. “Everyone is talented at this level. Everyone is fast, strong and they are the best of the best,” he said. “I have the skill set, the speed and the strength; for me it’s more about raising my game mentally and being the elite player I know I’m capable of being. I know I’ll reach that level, it’s just a matter of time and hard work.” Each NFL team can keep up to 10 members on its practice squad in addition to the 53-member main roster. A player can only participate on the practice squad for three seasons. Practice squad players practice with regular players, but can’t play in games. The minimum salary for a practice squad player in 2012 was $5,700 per week. Practice squad players are free agents and can be signed to play for another NFL team at any point of the year. Some of the more successful players in NFL history to make it from a practice squad are James Harrison, Jason Peters, Danny Amendola and Arian Foster. Pough sees being on the practice squad as a great opportunity. “I am able to get on the field and show coaches what I am capable of doing,” Pough said. “I have a positive outlook on my chances of being called up to the 53-man roster.” Pough recently suffered a high-ankle sprain, but remains positive as a Cleveland Brown moving forward. “I was blessed with this opportunity and I’m going to try to play until I can’t,” he said. “Keep digging, you have to keep digging, you can’t be three feet away from your goals and dreams and give up. I’m not going to give up, I’m going to keep digging.”