The 2013 NFL draft is now in the books and the Pittsburgh Steelers can add up to 16 undrafted free agents according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
As we do ever year at this time, below is a running list of players that intend to sign. This list, however, is in no way official as players and teams have changed their minds before. We can only pass along what is reported.
C Joe Madsen – West Virginia
40 Yrd Dash: 5.16
20 Yrd Dash: 2.92
10 Yrd Dash: 1.83 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 25
Vertical Jump: 25
Broad Jump: 08\’02”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.83
3-Cone Drill: 7.60
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash: 225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 27
Broad Jump: 08\’10”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.78
3-Cone Drill: 7.57
– Three-year starter at center
– Started all 38 career games in which he has played
– All-Big East First Team (ESPN.com)
– All-Big East Second Team (Coaches, Phil Steele)
– WVU Offensive Player of the Week against Maryland
– Helped pave the way for the WVU offense to average 37.6 points per game and to finish with more than 4,500 passing yards and more than 6,100 total yards
– Ranked second on the offense, seeing action on 943 plays
– Saw action on 70 or more plays in six games
– Saw action on 80 or more plays in two games
– Led the team with 55 knockdowns, averaging 4.2 knockdowns per game
– Season-high seven knockdowns against LSU
– Finished with five or more knockdowns in six games
– Started all 12 games in which he played
– Named All-Big East First Team by Phil Steele
– Awarded the WVU John Russell Award, team’s best lineman
– Allowed only one sack
– Tied for second on the team with six thunderbolt blocks
– Fourth on the team with 33 knockdowns
– Offensive Champion: UNLV, USF, Cincinnati
– Started all 13 games
– Named to the Big East All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News, ESPN.com and rivals.com
– Selected for the WVU Gridiron Gladiator Award by the coaching staff
– WVU Offensive Champion: Syracuse Finished with seven thunderbolt blocks and 43 knockdowns
– Helped the Mountaineers produce a 1,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer
– Offensive Scout Team Champion: Rutgers
– Coached by Jim Dipofi at Chardon High
– Two-way starter at defensive tackle and offensive tackle
– Collected 59 total tackles, including 21 solo stops, five sacks and 18 tackles for loss
– Also had 16 assisted tackles, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery
– Selected All-Ohio First Team guard
– Birthday is Sept. 1
– Son of Eric and Reta Madsen
– Youngest of four children
– Majoring in multidisciplinary studies
DT Omar Hunter – Florida
40 Yrd Dash: 5.31
20 Yrd Dash: 3.08
10 Yrd Dash: 1.90 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 27
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 08\’03”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.95
3-Cone Drill: 7.77
Saw action in 56 games during his career as a Gator, starting 31 of those contests…Collected 111 tackles, 55 solo and 56 assisted,11.0 TFL, a sack, five pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
Named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team (DL) by vote of the league’s head coaches…Also a 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com Second-Team Freshman All-American.
Started all 13 games at nose tackle…Had his best season, tallying a career-high 40 tackles, 4.0 TFL and four pass breakups…Was the second-leading tackler among defensive linemen…Had three solo tackles against both Missouri and Florida State…Notched four tackles against Jacksonville State…Tallied four tackles, 2.5 of which were TFL…Recorded a career-high eight tackles against Kentucky to earn SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week…Made four tackles and had a pass breakup at Tennessee…Had two tackles in the first game of the season against Bowling Green.
Played in all 13 games of the 2011 season, making one start…Totaled 31 tackles, 2.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Made his first start of the season against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl, recorded five tackles and his first career forced fumble…Registered a tackle against Florida State…Notched two tackles against Furman…Had four tackles at South Carolina…Registered a solo tackle against Vanderbilt…Had three tackles, including his first career sack, against Georgia…Notched a season-best five tackles at Auburn…Recorded four assisted tackles, including one for a loss, at LSU…Notched two tackles against Alabama…Against Kentucky, notched four tackles, one for a loss, and recovered his first career fumble.
Appeared in 13 games, starting six (Miami University, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Penn State)…Had 23 tackles on the season…Also contributed to Florida’s special teams on the punt and kick return units…Contributed two tackles, including one for loss, in Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Recorded four tackles, including one for loss vs. Florida State…Contributed two tackles in Florida’s defeat of Vanderbilt…Recorded four tackles in the Gators’ game vs. Mississippi State…Started and recorded a tackle in the Gators’ game vs. Alabama…Had three tackles and one pass breakup and graded out a Champion vs. Kentucky. Also blocked Florida’s first kick of the season on a field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter…Started in Florida’s victory over Tennessee.
Played in all 14 games for Florida during his redshirt freshman campaign and started all but three games (11)…Recorded his first statistics as a Gator, with 17 total tackles (eight solo, nine assisted) and two TFL…Contributed to the Florida defensive effort as the Gators routed Cincinnati, 51-24, in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Had two tackles for the Gators against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game…Collected three tackles in UF’s victory over FIU in Gainesville…Notched the start at DT in the 41-17 victory over Georgia in Jacksonville, collecting two tackles…Grabbed two tackles in UF’s winning efforts over Mississippi State on the road, giving him eight total tackles combined between MSU and Arkansas…Had a career-best day in the win over the Razorbacks on Homecoming, collecting six tackles, including 2.0 TFL…Secured the start at defensive tackle against Tennessee, and recorded the first tackle of his career as a Gator…Played in UF’s game against Charleston Southern and secured one of the starting defensive tackle positions, the first of his career donning the Orange and Blue.
Dressed for eight of UF’s games during the season and saw action in three, against Hawaii, Miami and Ole Miss, but did not record any statistics…Earned a redshirt.
PRIOR TO FLORIDA:
Parade All-American…EA Sports All-American…First-team Class AA all-state selection as a senior…Played in the Under Armour High School All-American Game…Ranked as the strongest player in the Under Armour All-Star Awards…Helped lead Buford to an undefeated season and a state title his senior year…Georgia Sports Writers’ Association Class AA choice….Registered 93 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Had 85 tackles, six sacks, a fumble recovery and 13 tackles for a loss as a junior…No. 37 in the ESPN 150 and ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the position rankings…Rivals.com five-star recruit and No. 2 defensive tackle nationally…Received five-star billing and rated the second-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com…Coached by Jess Simpson.
HUNTER’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 8 (Kentucky, 2012)
QB Sacks: 1 (Georgia, 2011)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (Ohio State, 2011)
Fumble Recovery: 1 (Kentucky, 2011)
Blocked Field Goals: 1 (Kentucky, 2010)
LS Luke Ingram – Hawaii
40 Yrd Dash: 5.05
20 Yrd Dash: 2.93
10 Yrd Dash: 1.77 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Broad Jump: 08\’10”
20 Yrd Shuttle:
2012 (Senior): Became the 19th player in school history to participate in the Senior Bowl…appeared in all 12 games at long snapper…finished his career having played and started all 52 games at long snapper…snapped every PAT, field goal and punt attempt during his career…did not have one bad snap that led to a blocked kick or mishandled placement…made three tackles…named the team’s special teams player of the year.
2011 (Junior): Appeared in all 13 games at long snapper.
2010 (Sophomore): Appeared in all 14 games at long snapper…had one tackle.
2009 (Freshman): Appeared in all 13 games at long snapper…made one solo tackle.
Prep: A 2008 graduate of Mililani High School on O‘ahu…earned three varsity letters in football…part of two league championship teams…a starter on both sides of the ball as a senior, suiting up at defensive end and tight end…also the team’s starting long snapper…named team’s MVP on the defensive line…participated in the HUB Goodwill Senior Bowl.
Personal: Born in Albuquerque, N.M…majoring in sociology…has two brothers and one sister…older brother Jake is a former Warrior and NFL long snapper…parents are Jill and Herb Ingram of Mililani, O‘ahu.
G Mike Golic Jr. – Notre Dame
40 Yrd Dash: 5.46
20 Yrd Dash: 3.08
10 Yrd Dash: 1.94 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 31
Vertical Jump: 28
Broad Jump: 08\’10”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.83
3-Cone Drill: 7.77
2012 (Fifth Year): Started all 13 games as an offensive guard … performed at center as well throughout his career … part of an offensive line that helped the Irish average over 200 yards per game in both rushing and receiving in the regular season … only two previous Irish teams ever achieved the 200-200 in both categories (1977, 1970) … helped Notre Dame average 5.0 yards per rush in the regular season – the highest per carry average for the Irish since 1996 (5.2) … only two offensive lines from a Bowl Championship Series conference, including Notre Dame, averaged at least 200 yards on the ground, 200 yards in the air and yielded 16 sacks or less in the regular season … helped Irish run for at least 200 yards seven times in 2012, including six of the last nine contests … Notre Dame has not posted more 200+ yard rushing games in a single season since 1996 when the Irish registered nine games with at least 200 yards rushing … over last nine games, Notre Dame has combined to rush for 1,901 yards (359 attempts) for 5.3 yards per carry and 14 rushing TDs.
2010 (JUNIOR): Saw action in 12 games (did not play against Purdue) as a reserve offensive lineman … the Irish offensive line allowed 20 sacks over its 13 games in 2010, which averaged 1.54 sacks per game … Notre Dame had not allowed fewer sacks per game since 1998 when the Irish allowed only nine sacks in 11 games or 0.82 per game … totaled 25 snaps on offense.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Played in three games for Irish (Nevada, Boston College and Navy), seeing playing time as backup center … earned 7:13 of playing time and made three appearances on special teams.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … named to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class S all-state team as a junior and senior … served as anchor of the offensive line on a team that averaged 23.7 points per game as a senior … led Northwest Catholic to an 8-1 league record and 8-3 overall record in final season … won the Nutmeg Conference championship for the second year in a row … ranked by Rivals.com as the eighth-best center in the nation and the fourth-best player in Connecticut … rated the sixth-best prospect in Connecticut and the 30th-best guard in the nation by Scout.com … helped lead the Indians to 10-0 record in league play and a 10-1 record as a junior … was a member of the National Honor Society … father, Mike, and uncles, Bob and Greg, all played at Notre Dame … Bob was a unanimous All-American as senior captain in 1978 and father Mike was an `84 captain … played for coach Mike Tyler … born in Voorhees, N.J. … son of Mike Sr. and Chris Golic … oldest of three children …younger brother Jake is a senior tight end for the Irish … graduated from College of Arts and Letters in May 2012, earning a degree in film, television and theatre … boasted a 3.429 undergraduate cumulative grade-point average … currently enrolled in graduate studies program.
WR/KR Reggie Dunn – Utah
40 Yrd Dash: 4.22
20 Yrd Dash: 2.49
10 Yrd Dash: 1.52 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 36
Broad Jump: 10\’01”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.34
3-Cone Drill: 6.82
UTAH: All-America kick returner had more 100-yard kick return touchdowns in his career (5) than any player in NCAA history … also set NCAA single-season mark for most 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns (4) and set or tied three single-game kick return records … school career record holder for 100-yard kickoff returns (5), career kickoff returns any distance for a touchdown (5) and kick return average (30.88) … 1,482 career kick return yards ranks third and 48 KOR is fifth in school history … played in all 38 games in his three years and started in 13 at receiver.
2012-First-team All-America kickoff returner by Athlon, ESPN and CBSSports.com, second-team by Scout.com/FoxSports.com and honorable mention by SI.com … first-team All-Pac-12 kick returner … recipient of the 2012 College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Kickoff Returner Trophy … set NCAA single-season records for 100-yard kick returns for a touchdown (4) … set NCAA single-game marks for most 100-yard kickoff returns (2 vs. Cal on Oct. 27), kick returns any distance for a touchdown (2 vs. Cal) and kick return average (74.0 on three returns vs. Cal) … set three single-season school kick return records: 100-yard returns for a touchdown (4) and kickoff returns from any distance for a touchdown (4) … also set school mark for KOR yards in a game (222 vs. Cal) … 51.3 yard KOR average would have easily led the nation had he met the minimum of 1.2 returns per game, but he had only 10 returns … played in all 12 games and started in three at wide receiver … caught 12 passes for 74 yards and rushed 13 times for 58 yards (4.5 average) … six catches for 56 yards in win over BYU … Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week against California and Washington State … CFPA National Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Cal and WSU.
2011-Played in all 13 games, starting eight at receiver … second on the team with 173 rushing yards on 15 carries (11.5 average) … fourth on the team in receiving yards with 211 on 15 catches … three catches for 64 yards against Arizona included a 44-yard touchdown grab … four catches for 55 yards against Arizona State … 51-yard rush against USC … 37 yards rushing on two carries against Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl … led Utah and ranked sixth in the Pac-12 with a 23.6 kick return average (26 returns, 614 yards) … six kickoff returns for 159 yards against Cal included a season-long 45-yard return … four kickoff returns for 93 yards vs. Arizona State … three kickoff returns for 83 yards vs. Arizona.
2010-Played in all 13 games with two starts (San Jose State and Notre Dame) … four catches for 70 yards (17.5 average) … long catch of 42 yards against SDSU … also rushed 12 times for 99 yards (8.2 average) and two touchdowns … scored a touchdown on the first offensive play of his career against San Jose State on a 43-yard reverse … finished second on the team in kick returns 12 for 355 yards (29.6 average) … became the first Ute in 25 years to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown (vs. Iowa State) … two kick returns for 57 yards against San Diego State and Boise State.
PRIOR TO UTAH: Played for Compton Community College, where he was a grayshirt in 2007, played in 2008 and redshirted in 2009 … signed out of high school with Oregon State … in eight games at Compton CC in 2008, he had 14 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown … Verbum Dei High (Calif.) star played wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner … ranked sixth on the SuperPrep “Super 100″ list … four-star recruit by Scout.com … three-time All-Camino Real League selection … three-time all-CIF member … as a senior, he accounted for over 1,000 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns … 604 all-purpose yards as a junior with 15 touchdowns … in 2006, he helped Verbum Dei capture the CIF-Southern Section title and earned all-CIF honors … scored 35 career touchdowns and compiled over 3,500 all-purpose yards in high school … also ran track.
PERSONAL: Son of Reginald, Sr. and Jackie Dunn … has one younger brother, Rendell … sociology major … full name is Reginald Francis Dunn, Jr. … born Jan. 5, 1989.
WR J.D. Woods – West Virginia
40 Yrd Dash: 4.56
20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
10 Yrd Dash: 1.56 225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump: 31 1/2
Broad Jump: 09\’05”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.33
3-Cone Drill: 7.01
– Moved from wide receiver to inside receiver this spring
– Has played in 26 career games and started six
– Played in nine games and started final two games
– Had a 15-yard reception in Orange Bowl
– Earned season-high playing time at USF and first start of season
– Season-best four catches for 38 yards at USF, including a 10-yard reception on game-winning drive
– Two receptions against Norfolk State
– Played in 13 games, starting four
– WVU Offensive Champion: USF, Cincinnati
– Finished with 18 receptions for 205 yards, one touchdown and a long of 21
– Season-high four receptions for 52 yards with a long of 17 against Syracuse
– Three catches for 38 yards against USF, with a long of 19
– Posted three grabs for 30 yards with a long of 21 against Rutgers
– Saw action in four games
– Redshirted after dislocating left shoulder during preseason practice
– Coached by Dave Tanner at Golden Gate High
– Collected 54 catches for 851 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior
– An all-state selection as a senior
– All-Southwest Florida First Team
– Birthday is Feb. 7
– Son of Freddie and Williamena McCrary and John Blackmon
– Majoring in sociology and anthropology
T Chris Hubbard – UAB
40 Yrd Dash: 4.95
20 Yrd Dash: 2.74
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 28 1/2
Broad Jump: 09\’00”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.69
3-Cone Drill: 7.52
A year after being the youngest of UAB\’s starting offensive linemen, Hubbard is now the leader of the Blazers up front as the group\’s only senior … emerged as integral cog on offensive front in 2010 … expected to again play large role for the Blazers … listed as No. 1 QT for UAB entering fall practice … will be contender for all-conference honors this fall.
2011: Started all 12 games for the Blazers on the offensive line, holding down the right tackle spot opposite first-team all-conference tackle Matt McCants.
2010: Played in eight games and started four for the Blazers, including first three of the season … helped UAB offense to its second-highest yardage total in school history (5,074 yards).
2009: Played in eight games as a true freshman … started season opener against Rice … was tabbed to Conference USA All-Freshman team by league\’s head coaches following season.
High School: A strong and agile offensive lineman who played under head coach Dell McGee … rated as the No. 51 offensive lineman in the country and No. 62 on Georgia\’s top 75 players in the 2009 class … rated as No. 21 OG prospect by Scout.com … played left tackle during his junior and senior year for Carver teams that went 26-3 and won the 2007 Georgia High School Association Class AAA state championship … recorded 77 pancake blocks and was selected to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-City team and the Associated Press Class AAA first-team All-State squad …. chosen to compete in the annual Offense/Defense All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. that features some of the top young talent in the nation.
Personal: Born April 23, 1991 at Columbus, Ga. … son of Angela Jones and Edward Hubbard … major is communications management.
G Ivory Wade – Baylor
40 Yrd Dash: 5.20
20 Yrd Dash: 3.00
10 Yrd Dash: 1.79 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 27
Vertical Jump: 27
Broad Jump: 08\’04”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.97
3-Cone Drill: 7.75
ALL-BIG 12 CANDIDATE
Veteran fourth-year senior lineman, third-year starter… Owns teamhigh 33 career starts heading into 2012, has started 33 consecutively… 36 career games heading into 2012… Moved into starting center spot (vacated by Philip Blake\’s move to the NFL) in spring 2012 after two seasons as starting right tackle… Selected 2012 All-Big 12 in Athlon Sports and Phil Steele preseason publications… Named “Best Offensive Lineman” in state and first-team All-Texas by 2012 Dave Campbell\’s Texas Football preseason publication… Former 2009 Freshman All-American… Has benched 425 pounds and recorded 35 reps in 225-pound bench press… Has squatted 600 pounds.
2011 (Junior): Starter at right tackle in all 13 games… Totaled 64 knockdowns and averaged 81.8 percent coaches\’ grade (third on team)… Recorded at least four knockdowns in all 13 games, joining Philip Blake as only players with at least four in every game… Graded 81 percent or better in nine of 13 games… Starter on offensive line that ranked second nationally in total offense (587.1), fourth in passing offense (351.5), fourth in scoring offense (45.3) and 10th in rushing offense (235.6)… Led team with season-high 88 percent grade and recorded six knockdowns in season-opening win over No. 14 TCU… Recorded 82 percent grade and five knockdowns in win over Stephen F. Austin (second game)… Posted 87 percent grade and five knockdowns in win over Rice in third game… Earned 82 percent coach\’s grade and had four knockdowns in win over Iowa State in fifth game… Made career-first reception vs. ISU, a deflectedpass carried for 2-yard gain… Second on team with 83 percent grade and five knockdowns in win over No. 5 Oklahoma in 10th game… Second on team with 85 percent grade and six knockdowns in win over Texas Tech (11th game)… Earned 82 percent grade and recorded six knockdowns in win over Texas in 12th game… Graded 82 percent and had five knockdowns in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington… Named preseason All-Texas by Dave Campbell\’s Texas Football publication… Named to Big 12 Commissioner\’s Honor Roll in spring 2012.
2010 (Sophomore): Starter at right tackle in all 13 games as sophomore, one of eight players to start every game… Totaled 64 knockdowns (third on team) and averaged coaches\’ grade of 81.2… Starter on line that ranked third in Big 12 and 24th nationally in rushing (194.6 ypg) and fourth in conference in sacks against (1.54 per game)…Graded 82 percent or higher and had four or more knockdowns in each of final seven regular-season games… Recorded six or more knockdowns in seven contests… Earned season-high 86 percent grade twice, vs. Kansas State (six knockdowns) in eighth game and vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in 11th game… Also had season-high seven knockdowns in A&M game… Moved to tackle from guard during spring drills.
2009 (True Freshman): Played final 10 games of 2009 and started final seven at left guard during true freshman season… Earned first collegiate letter… Named honorable-mention Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com… Selected to Big 12 All-Freshman team by Sporting News and All-Big 12 Freshman team by Rivals.com… Named to fall 2009 Big 12 Commissioner\’s Honor Roll… One of eight true freshmen to letter in 2009… Graded out with 81 percent average on season by coaches… Totaled 56 knockdowns in 10 games… Made college debut in third game vs. Northwestern State… Played as backup following two weeks vs. Kent State and at No. 19 Oklahoma… Made first start in sixth game at Iowa State and started every game afterward.
High School: All-American offensive lineman at Dickinson (Texas) High School… Named SuperPrep All-America, listed as No. 40 offensive lineman nationally… Included on Rivals250 national recruiting list, ranked 244th recruit in nation… National position ranking among offensive guards: No. 9 by Rivals.com, No. 14 by Scout.com and No. 34 by ESPN.com… Invited to 2008 Offense-Defense All-America Bowl following senior season… Played for West in 2009 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl… Ranked No. 27 on Austin American-Statesman Texas Fabulous 55 List… No. 29 recruit in Texas according to Superprep/Scout.com… Ranked No. 30 on Rivals.com\’s Texas 100, fourth-rated offensive lineman… Named to Texas Top 100 lists by following publications: Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and Waco Tribune-Herald… Named to Houston\’s Top 100 Footballers in 2009 by VYPE magazine… Listed among The Houston 100 top recruits by Houston Chronicle… Led head coach Warren Trahan\’s 2008 Dickinson squad to a 9- 3 record and 5A DII regional finals and earned first-team All-District 24- 5A honors as senior… Led DHS to 8-3 record and 4A bi-district finals in 2007 and earned first-team All-District 23-4A honors as junior… Teammate at Dickinson of fellow Baylor teammate Brody Trahan.
Personal: Son of Son of Pamela Ragin… Full name is Ivory Scott Wade… Born May 3, 1991, in Inglewood, Calif…. Majoring in film and digital media.
T Mike Farrell – Penn State
40 Yrd Dash: 5.18
20 Yrd Dash: 3.00
10 Yrd Dash: 1.80 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 26
Broad Jump: 09\’01”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.80
3-Cone Drill: 7.73
The secondary and offensive line were the two units hit hardest by graduation following the 2011 season. Fifth-year senior Mike Farrell is the Nittany Lions\’ second-most experienced offensive lineman and should be a strong candidate for a starting assignment at one of the tackle spots, having played both positions. The talented and physical Farrell will be looked to for leadership for the unit, a role he already has embraced in the classroom and community. Farrell is in his second year as president of Penn State\’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit charitable organization that raises funds and awareness for rare diseases. Founded by Penn State football teammates, the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes raised more than $600,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association from 2003-11, including more than $100,000 in 2010-11 under Farrell\’s leadership. He posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2012 spring semester, earning Dean\’s List honors, and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Possessing a 3.41 cumulative GPA, Farrell is a potential Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® candidate. The former Shady Side Academy all-state selection is on schedule to graduate this fall with a degree in secondary education. He was a student teacher in the State College Area School District during the 2011-12 academic year. Farrell is among 16 returning Nittany Lions from Western Pennsylvania.
2011 Senior Season
Farrell played in the final nine games after suffering a sprained knee in the season-opener with Indiana State. He helped Penn State lead the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed (14) during the 2011 season. Farrell was on the field for 152 snaps, with a high of 61 plays in the Big Ten opener at Indiana and 35 against Houston in the TicketCity Bowl. He earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the second time.
2010 Junior Season
Farrell was the No. 2 left tackle for most of the season, but against Indiana, he was called on to start the game at right tackle. In his first career start, he saw action on a career-high 85 snaps, helping Penn State to the 41-24 win at FedEx Field. Farrell was instrumental in the Nittany Lions gaining 496 yards and 24 first downs in the victory. He played in five games and 116 snaps. Farrell earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
2009 Sophomore Season
Farrell helped Penn State gain more than 500 yards in wins over Akron and Eastern Illinois and played in five games. In his first season on the field, he also saw action in Big Ten victories over Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State, gaining vital experience. Farrell emerged as the top reserve at left tackle to Dennis Landolt, who earned third-team All-America honors.
2008 Freshman Season
Farrell was a team captain for Coach Dave Havern at Shady Side Academy. He was first-team all-section, All-WPIAL and all-state his senior year. Named the Allegheny Conference Outstanding Lineman-of-the-Year, Farrell helped lead his team to a 9-2 record and the WPIAL quarterfinals as a senior. Farrell garnered three letters in football and lacrosse and also wrestled one year.
Full name is Michael John Farrell. He has two younger brothers, Chris and Jake. Farrell has a number of family members who attended Penn State, including his father, Mike, uncle Jim Farrell, and cousins Jenn Hepner and Matt Swilling. An uncle, Barry Swilling, played football at the University of Richmond. Farrell is majoring in secondary education and brought a cumulative 3.22 grade-point average into the summer. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2010. Born August 23, 1989 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
DL Brian Arnfelt – Northwestern
40 Yrd Dash: 4.83
20 Yrd Dash: 2.77
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 38
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 09\’01”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.52
3-Cone Drill: 7.77
2012: Fifth-year senior … One of NU\’s four 2012 team captains and a member of NU\’s 12-player Leadership Council … Recipient of NU\’s Brian Paynter “Ultimate Wildcat” Award, presented to a player who confronts adversity with courage and dedication … Named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team and second-team Capital One Academic All-American … Excelled in his first full year as a starter after being slowed by injuries in 2011 … Three tackles with one TFL at Syracuse … Set a career best with 2.0 TFL\’s vs. Vanderbilt, including his first career sack, and forced a fumble … Finished with four tackles against the Commodores … Against BC, forced a fumble for the second straight week and finished with four tackles (1.0 TFL) to earn team\’s Defensive Player of the Week honors … First career fumble recovery and one tackle vs. South Dakota … One stop vs. Indiana … Four total tackles at Penn State … One tackle in his return to his home state at Minnesota … Two tackles, including a 9-yard pass sack, vs. Nebraska … Recorded one sack and two total stops vs. Iowa … First pass breakup of his career at Michigan … Pair of tackles at Michigan State … One stop in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State … Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Missed the early part of the 2011 campaign with a foot injury (suffered in the offseason) … Saw season\’s first action against Michigan … One tackle vs. Penn State and Indiana … Reinjured his foot against Indiana and sat out the final four regular-season games … Came back to start (in place of the injured Niko Mafuli) at defensive tackle vs. Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas … Equaled a career high with five tackles (0.5 TFL) and a QB hurry vs. the Aggies … Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Academic All-Big Ten … Played in all 13 games with one start … Finished the season strong with 10 of his 14 tackles in final three games … Totaled three tackles and assisted on one sack in TicketCity Bowl vs. Texas Tech … Two stops at Wisconsin … Recorded a career-high five tackles vs. Illinois … Started for the first time in his career against Iowa … Assisted on one tackle at Penn State … One tackle vs. Indiana and Purdue … Notched his first career TFL against Central Michigan.
2009: Played in six games as a reserve defensive end … Totaled one tackle vs. Towson.
2008: Did not see action.
High School: PrepStar All-Midwest Region defensive end … Named a 2007 second-team Associated Press all-state selection … 2006 honorable mention all-state honoree by Minnesota Preps … Member of Minneapolis Star-Tribune\’s 2007 Dream Team … First-team All-Suburban East Conference selection as a senior … Voted “Mr. Weightroom” by team in 2007 … Holds high school\’s all-time bench press and squat records … Stillwater Gazette Athlete of the Week (10/2/2007) for performance against Hastings H.S. … Received the Ponies\’ Game Ball Award on 9/28/2007 … Totaled 118 total tackles (83 solos), 12 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one blocked punt for his junior and senior seasons … Selected to play in Minnesota\’s 2008 high school all-star game … Helped lead the Ponies to the 2006 Section 3 5A championship … Team captain … Lettered two years as a defensive end and tight end … Also lettered four years in track and field … 2008 track team captain … Won the conference and Section 4AA shot put titles in 2008 … Placed fifth in the 2008 Section 4AA discus … National Honor Society and “A” Honor Roll all four years … Coached by Scott Hoffman.
Personal: Born Brian Dale Arnfelt … Son of Rick and Cathy Arnfelt … Graduated with a degree in communications studies with minors in business institutions and legal studies … Pursuing a master\’s in sports administration.
DT Anthony Rashad White – Michigan State
40 Yrd Dash: 5.26
20 Yrd Dash: 2.99
10 Yrd Dash: 1.81 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 27
Vertical Jump: 29 1/2
Broad Jump: 08\’05”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.93
3-Cone Drill: 8.01
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner saw action in 39 games on the defensive front, including 16 starts . . . had 65 career tackles, including 6.0 for losses (16 yards).
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Collected 10 tackles in three bowl games . . . tallied two stops in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU . . . recorded career highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (3.0 for 7 yards) and blocked Georgia\’s field-goal attempt in triple overtime to help Michigan State defeat the No. 18 Bulldogs in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . had one tackle vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
2012 SEASON (SENIOR): Started 12 games at nose tackle . . . recorded 23 tackles (11 solo, 12 assists) . . . recipient of the team\’s President\’s Award (senior lineman) for perseverance . . . compiled three tackles at Minnesota . . . produced a season-high five stops at No. 23 Michigan, including a half tackle for loss, and also broke up a pass . . . tallied a season-high 13 production points against the Wolverines . . . collected three tackles each against Iowa and No. 14 Ohio State . . . posted two stops each against Boise State, Central Michigan and Notre Dame.
2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games, including four starts at nose tackle (vs. Youngstown State, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame and Georgia) . . . collected 25 tackles, including 4.0 for losses (10 yards) . . . recorded career highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (3.0 for 7 yards) and blocked Georgia\’s field-goal attempt in triple overtime to help Michigan State defeat the No. 18 Bulldogs in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . posted four tackles in victory at Iowa . . . started the first three games at nose tackle but missed the Central Michigan game with an injury . . . returned for the Ohio State game . . . recorded three tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), in win over Florida Atlantic . . . in his first career start in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State, tallied two tackles, including a half tackle for loss.
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games in 2010 while working behind Jerel Worthy at defensive tackle . . . tallied 17 tackles (2 solos, 15 assists), including one for a 5-yard loss . . . posted two stops each in road games at No. 18 Michigan and No. 18 Iowa . . . credited with a half sack (5 yards) at Northwestern . . . matched his career high with three tackles vs. Northern Colorado . . . made two stops vs. Florida Atlantic, including a half tackle for loss . . . registered a career-high three tackles and a pass break-up in his Spartan debut vs. Western Michigan . . . signed a National Letter of Intent in February 2010.
JUNIOR COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Played for Coach Jeff Sims at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and helped the Greyhounds to an 11-1 record in 2009, advancing to the NJCAA National Championship Game vs. Blinn College in the inaugural Citizens Bank Bowl . . . ranked fourth on the team in tackles as a red-shirt freshman, with 61 (34 solos, 27 assists) . . . credited with 13 tackles for loss (65 yards) in 2009, including five sacks (38) . . . recorded eight tackles (7 solos, 1 assist) vs. Butler Community College, with four resulting in losses (29 yards) including three sacks (25) . . . also produced eight stops (4 solos, 4 assists) vs. Independence Community College . . . selected Kansas Jayhawk Community College Co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting a career-best 10 tackles (8 solos, 2 assists), with two for losses including a sack vs. Air Force Prep . . . redshirted in 2008 . . . attended Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2007 . . . two-year starter for Coach Al Slamer at Battle Creek (Mich.) Central High School . . . earned first-team all-state honors as a senior in 2006 after registering 80 tackles and finishing second on the Bearcats in tackles for loss with 42, including 12 sacks . . . former high school teammate of current Spartan running back Larry Caper . . . won the 2007 state power-lifting championship as a super heavyweight, with a record 625-pound deadlift . . . son of Reggie and Sheila White . . . born Aug. 2, 1989 . . . majoring in sociology.
Tackles: 7, vs. Georgia (1/2/12)
Tackles for loss: 3.0, vs. Georgia (1/2/12)
Sacks: 0.5, twice (last vs. Florida Atlantic, 9/10/11)
DT Cordian Hagans – Louisiana-Lafayette
40 Yrd Dash: 5.22
20 Yrd Dash: 3.07
10 Yrd Dash: 1.83 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 24
Vertical Jump: 27
Broad Jump: 08\’06”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.88
3-Cone Drill: 7.65
2011 (Junior): Played in all 13 games on the defensive line, starting the games against North Texas (10/15) and WKU (11/22) in successive weeks. . . also saw action on special teams. . . made 18 tackles (seven solo) with two tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback hurries. . . started season out strong, making three tackles at Oklahoma State (9/3) and four stops at Kent State (9/10). . . blocked a field goal in the win over Nicholls State (9/17). . . made a career-high five tackles (four solo) in win over Troy (10/8). . . earned first letter.
2010 (Sophomore): Sat out the season as per NCAA transfer rules. . . made the conversion from playing on the offensive line during his first two years to the defensive line.
LSU: Did not see any game action as a sophomore in 2009, practicing at offensive tackle. . . redshirted during the 2008 campaign.
High School: Considered one of the top defensive line prospects in Georgia as a senior at Northview High, playing for coach Don Savage. . . didn’t begin playing football until junior season. . . started on both sides of the ball as a senior. . . member of the PrepStar All-Southeast region team. . . finished senior season with 58 tackles, nine TFL’s, six sacks and four pass breakups. . . racked up 56 tackles and three sacks as a junior.
Personal: Born Feb. 7, 1989 in Long Island, N.Y. . . . son of Cordian and Shawna Hagans. . . has two sisters (Ashley & Courtney). . . general studies major.
LB Alan Baxter – Northern Illinois
40 Yrd Dash: 4.76
20 Yrd Dash: 2.78
10 Yrd Dash: 1.59 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09\’03”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.84
3-Cone Drill: 7.23
Finished his Huskie career with 142 tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks over 52 games. Ranks tied for seventh all-time in sacks.
2012: Garnered first team All-MAC honors after leading the team in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (11.5) as a senior. Started every game at defensive end. Ranked fourth in the MAC and 32nd in the country in sacks. Made a career high 60 tackles to rank fifth on the team. Had at least one tackle in every game and a sack in nine games. Posted four tackles, including an assisted sack, in the MAC Championship game against Kent State (11-30). Added a season best five hurries. Recorded four tackles, and 1.5 sacks in NIU\’s win over Toledo (11/14). Totaled a career-high eight tackles at Western Michigan (10-27) and knocked down a pass. Made seven tackles versus Army (9-15) with a sack. Tallied three six-tackle games. Two of his sacks came versus Kansas (9-22). Had four quarterback hurries and a pass break up in addition to his six stops at Ball State (10-6). Became first Huskie football player since 2001, and just the second all-time, to be named a first team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. First team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was named Academic All-MAC.
2011: Started 10 games at right defensive end for the Huskies. Tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. His 12.5 TFLs tied for eighth-most in the MAC. Recorded a tackle in 12 of the 13 games he played during the season. Credited with one or more tackles for loss in nine games. Tied his career-high with seven tackles and added two drive-stopping sacks in the GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Arkansas State (1-8). Recorded five tackles in the MAC Championships game versus Ohio (12-2), along with two quarterback hurries. Made two tackles against Eastern Michigan (11-25) with a 15-yard sack that ended the Eagles\’ comeback. Led all Huskie defensive linemen and set a career-high with seven tackles, including one for a loss, at Toledo (11-1). Recorded three tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, against Western Michigan (10-15). Posted 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks – both career highs – at Kansas (9-10). Registered a season-best seven total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble against Army (9-3) to win the NIU Defensive Lineman of the Week award.
2010: Appeared in 12 of the Huskies\’ 14 games as a back-up at defensive end. Ranked fourth among NIU defensive ends with 12 tackles and tied for eighth on the team in tackles for loss with 4.5. Did not play versus Akron (10-2) or Central Michigan (10-23). Had at least one tackle in eight of 12 contests. Tied his career-high with three tackles, including one for a two-yard loss, in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Tallied two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, versus Buffalo (10-16). Made two tackles, including a four-yard tackle for loss, at Eastern Michigan (11-26). Credited with a tackle and a half sack against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Had a solo stop at Illinois (9-18) and assisted tackles at North Dakota (9-11), Minnesota (9-25) and Western Michigan (10-30).
2009: Saw action in all 13 games as a defensive end. Ranked fourth among Huskie defensive ends with 22 tackles, including nine solo stops and three for loss. Compiled two tackles, including a sack for a loss of one yard, against Miami (10-24). In his first collegiate game, tallied two unassisted tackles against Wisconsin (9-5). Recorded one tackle for a loss of four yards against Ball State (11-12). Made two tackles against Central Michigan (11-27), including tackle for loss. Made a season-high three tackles in games against Purdue and Idaho. Tallied at least one tackle in 11 games as a true freshman.
High School: Named to the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area team and received IHSA All-State honorable mention honors as a senior. Selected to play in the IHSA Coaches\’ All-Star game. Team captain and MVP earned all-conference and all-area honors during his junior and senior seasons. Named the Daily Herald\’s Mid-Suburban East Co-Defensive Player of the Year after recording 78 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks during his senior season. Was a three-year starter for the Bison, playing on the defensive line, offensive line, at fullback and as a tight end. Also competed in track and field.
Personal: Born March 28, 1991. Son of Aretha and Alan Baxter. Finance major with a GPA of 3.61 to qualify for Victory Scholar honors. Aspires to be an entrepreneur. Admires Michael Jordan and Dwight Freeney. Spent the summer of 2012 doing an internship with BP in the Chicago Metro area.
G Nik Embernate – San Diego State
40 Yrd Dash: 5.15
20 Yrd Dash: 3.01
10 Yrd Dash: 1.77 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 26 1/2
Broad Jump: 08\’06”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.86
3-Cone Drill: 7.73
Aggressive offensive lineman, who has started 33 outings in his career, the most of any current Aztec … 2012 preseason all-MW first team by Lindy\’s Sports and second-team by Phil Steele … Three-year starter at right guard … Helped SDSU post back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing campaigns.
2011: Starter in all but one contest … Was a 2011 preseason all-MW second team pick by Lindy\’s Sports, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports … 2011 midseason all-MW second team by Phil Steele … Starter at right guard for the 22nd consecutive contest in the win over Cal Poly … In the starting lineup at Army and against Washington State, Michigan, TCU, Air Force, Wyoming and New Mexico … Missed the Colorado State game with an injury, ending a streak of 29 consecutive contests with a start … Came back to start in the final four outings, including the New Orleans Bowl.
2010: Started all 13 outings at right guard.
2009: Part of the 2008 recruiting class, who enrolled at SDSU in time for the 2009 spring semester … Did not play in the team\’s first four contests … Starter in his first career game in the win over New Mexico State at right guard … Also a starter vs. BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, TCU, Wyoming, Utah and UNLV … Received the team\’s outstanding freshman award.
High School: A two-time first-team all-county selection at Yucaipa High School under coach Scott Pearne … Helped the Thunderbirds to a 7-4 overall record and a third-place league finish as a senior … Anchored an offensive line that helped the team rush for over 240 yards in an outing in 2007 and advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row … Citrus Belt all-league first-team honoree each of his final two seasons … First-team all-area by the Press Enterprise in 2007 … Two-time captain … Member of the inland all-star team at the inaugural Southern California Bowl … Also competed in track and field, throwing the shot put and discus … League champ in the shot put as a junior.
Personal: Born Nov. 3, 1990, in Fontana, Calif. … Son of Mathew Embernate and Valerie Monroe … Is a social science major.
RB Curtis McNeal – USC
40 Yrd Dash: 4.53
20 Yrd Dash: 2.65
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 18
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 09\’08”
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.69
3-Cone Drill: 7.60
CAREER: In his career, he has 1,038 yards on 151 carries (6.9 avg.) with 6 TDs, plus 3 receptions for 19 yards (6.3 avg.), 19 kickoff returns for 343 yards (18.1 avg.) and 5 tackles. He has 4 career 100-yard rushing games. He has 4 career starts.
2012: The short but tough-to-tackle McNeal returns as the starting tailback as a senior in 2012 after a 1,000-yard outing in 2012.
2011: McNeal started USC\’s last 4 games at tailback as a junior in 2011 and had a very productive season while leading the Trojans in rushing. Overall in 2011 while appearing in all 12 games, he had 145 carries for a team-best 1,005 yards (6.9 avg.) with 6 TDs, plus 3 receptions for 19 yards (6.3 avg.) and 6 kickoff returns for 101 yards (16.8 avg.). He also made 3 tackles on special teams. He became USC\’s 27th 1,000-yard rusher in a season. He was USC\’s rushing leader 8 times in 2011. He had USC\’s 5 longest runs of 2011 (79 yards versus Washington, 73 yards versus UCLA, 61 yards against Stanford, 44 yards against Arizona and 43 yards against Syracuse). His 6.9-yard average per carry was the best by a Trojan with at least 10 carries per game since Reggie Bush\’s 8.7 in 2005. He made 2011 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He won USC\’s Courage Award.
He had 33 yards on 6 carries and a kickoff return for no yards against Minnesota, then 3 yards on 2 carries and also a 15-yard kickoff return against Utah. He came off the bench against Syracuse and ran for a game-best and then-career-high 79 yards on just 5 carries (15.8 avg.), with a then-career-long run of 43 yards, and he also returned 3 kickoffs for 61 yards and made 2 tackles. He added 14 yards on 4 carries and returned a kickoff 25 yards at Arizona State. Against Arizona, he had a team-best 74 yards on 7 carries (10.6 average), including a then-USC season long 44 yard run, and scored his first career TD on a 9-yard run. He came off the bench at California to run for a game-best and then-career-high 86 yards on 17 carries with a short TD and he also caught a 10-yard pass and made a tackle. He again came off the bench at Notre Dame and had a game-high and then-career-best 118 yards on 24 carries (he also caught a 4-yard pass). he had a then-career-high and game-best 145 yards on 20 carries with 2 TDs (61 and 25 yards) off the bench against Stanford (he also had a 5-yard catch). At Colorado, he got his first career start and had 87 yards on 10 carries. Against Washington, he ran for a career-best 148 yards on 18 carries, including a 79-yard TD burst (USC\’s longest run since Reggie Bush\’s 81-yard TD run at UCLA in 2004) to earn USC\’s “Jack Oakie Rise and Shine Award.” He had a team-best 94 yards on 20 carries at Oregon and then a game-best 124 yards on 12 carries with a 73-yard TD run against UCLA.
2010: McNeal was academically ineligible as a sophomore tailback in 2010.
2009: McNeal saw limited action at tailback as a redshirt freshman in 2009, but was used as a returner and on special teams. Overall in 2009 while appearing in 11 games (all but Ohio State and Washington), he ran for 33 yards on 6 carries (5.5 avg.), returned 13 kickoffs for 242 yards (18.6 avg.) and made 2 tackles.
He ran for 26 yards on 3 carries against Washington State, then had a 3-yard run at California, a 1-yard run against Oregon State and a 3-yard run against Boston College. He had a 16-yard kickoff return against San Jose State, then had 6 kickoff returns for 119 yards against Oregon State, 3 for 40 yards at Oregon and 3 for 67 yards at Arizona State. He had a tackle at both Oregon and Arizona State as the gunner on punt coverage.
2008: McNeal redshirted as a freshman tailback in 2008, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West Best of the Rest, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team and All-L.A. City Offensive MVP as a senior running back and defensive back at Venice High in Los Angeles (Calif.). He ran for 1,400 yards on 136 carries (10.3 avg.) with 19 TDs, added 278 receiving yards and scored touchdowns by rushing, receiving, interception and punt return.
As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team and All-L.A. City first team while running for 2,008 yards with 42 TDs and getting 3,106 all-purpose yards. In his career, he ran for more than 4,000 yards.
PERSONAL: He\’s a sociology major at USC.