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Jaguars GM search: Alonzo Highsmith linked to Jacksonville

Green Bay Packers personnel man Alonzo Highsmith has been linked to the Jaguars general manager position.

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Alonzo Highsmith. Highsmith was an NFL running back for six seasons and was also part of the Miami Hurricanes 1983 championship team, which famously earned the "U" moniker. Highsmith retired from the NFL in 1992 due to multiple injuries, but got into the scouting ranks with the Green Bay Packers in 1999 after a short stint as a heavyweight boxer.

He's now been linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars general manager position.

Highsmith trained under Ron Wolf and current Packers general manager Ted Thompson and has been targeted by other teams for upper management roles, but not as a role as a general manager, and the Packers blocked other teams from interviewing him. Highsmith was promoted to be a senior personnel executive in May of 2012.

Highsmith was credited for unearthing talented cornerback Tramon Williams and won the 2010 NFL Scout of the Year award and is considered a "dark horse" candidate for teams looking for an up-and-coming general manager. Highsmith is also a "Rooney Rule" candidate, because he's African-American.