Five Terps Ink NFL Free Agent Deals
By Matt Zenitz
Although only two Maryland players were selected in April's NFL draft, several more have inked deals with NFL teams since the NFL lockout ended early Monday.
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Linebackers Alex Wujciak (Cleveland Browns) and Adrian Moten (Indianapolis Colts), punter/kicker Travis Baltz (Colts), tight end Will Yeatmen (New England Patriots) and wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Baltimore Ravens) have all been signed during the early part of this week.
Wujciak, an All-ACC selection during each of his final three years at Maryland -- second-team in 2008 and first-team in both 2009 and 2010, led the Terrapins in tackles during each of those three seasons. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, who ended the 2010 season ranked third in Division I FBS in career tackles per game (10.0) among active players, is one of just six players in Maryland history to post three consecutive 100 tackle seasons.
The athletic 6-foot-2, 230-pound Moten, a two-year starter at outside linebacker, was one of only three players in the ACC last season that posted at least 75 tackles along with at least four interceptions. He finished the year with 77 tackles and four interceptions as well as with six tackles for a loss, six pass breakups and 2.5 sacks. Moten's 15.5 career sacks rank 12th-best in school history.
Baltz, a four-year starter at punter, averaged 41.2 yards per punt during his college career, and placed 68 of his 224 punts inside the 20-yard line, including 22 inside the 10. He also connected on 14 of his 18 field goal attempts last year, as well as on 53 of his 54 extra-point attempts, despite not having served as a kicker since his senior year of high school.
Yeatmen, who also played lacrosse at Maryland, joined the football team prior to last season. The mammoth 6-foot-6, 268-pounder, who had played both lacrosse and football at Notre Dame prior to transferring in 2009, missed the early part of last year with a broken finger, but played in the last 11 games, making three starts, and finished the season with 13 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. He played in the 2011 Eastham Energy College All-Star Game.
Williams, a Baltimore native, started just four games at receiver during his final three seasons with the Terrapins, but proved to be one of the team's top special teams performers. He recorded 12 special teams tackles as a senior last year, which was tied for second-best on the team, and also had two blocked punts and a forced fumble. He did, however, finish his Maryland career with just 33 catches for 436 yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, a first-team All-ACC selection as a junior with the Terrapins last season, was a second round pick of the Ravens in April while running back Da'Rel Scott was a seventh round selection of the New York Giants.
Posted July 26, 2011