Several Bulldogs Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts


 

 

April 28, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech’s two NFL Draftees won’t be the only ones attempting to make a professional career out of football as six other Bulldog undrafted free agents have signed contracts with NFL teams.

Ryan Allen (New England Patriots), Colby Cameron (Carolina Panthers), Ray Holley (Baltimore Ravens), Oscar Johnson (Tennessee Titans), Kevin Saia (St. Louis Rams) and Myles White (Green Bay Packers) have all been given a chance by NFL teams to play professional football.

Allen was surprisingly not selected in the 2013 NFL Draft despite being the first punter ever to win back-to-back Ray Guy Awards as the best punter in college football. He concluded his Louisiana Tech career with a 44.9 yard punting average and led the nation in net punting in 2012 as well as kicked an impressive 48.0 yard average.

Cameron was the second Bulldog to win a national award in 2012 as he was named the Sammy Baugh Award winner after throwing for 4,157 yards and 31 touchdowns. The Newbury Park, Calif. native set an NCAA record with 444 career consecutive pass attempts without an interception, a streak that ended on Nov. 17, 2012 against Utah State, and finished the 2012 campaign with averaging 345.6 passing yards per game and a 68.8 completion percentage. He guided an offense that finished the year ranked No. 1 in total offense and scoring and No. 3 in passing.

Holley joins a Ravens squad after rushing for 750 yards and seven touchdowns on 142 carries in 2012 while also catching 34 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. He finished his career at LA Tech averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 9.2 yards per catch and was the program’s first Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection. He helped lead an offense that was ranked No. 17 in rushing in 2012 while also ranked No. 1 in total offense and scoring.


 

 

Johnson was the starting left tackle while Saia was the starting left guard for the Bulldogs in all 12 games in 2012 and helped lead a line was ranked No. 7 in the nation in sacks allowed while also paving the way for the nation’s 17th-ranked rushing offense. Johnson and Saia anchored the left side of an offensive line that helped Kenneth Dixon rush for over 1,000 yards in a Freshman All-America season.

White was a talented wide receiver that was often overlooked due to the superstar nature of teammate Quinton Patton but was just as effective with 718 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 56 receptions in 2012. White fought through an injury in 2011 only to see an improved performance in 2012.

The six undrafted free agent signings join Louisiana Tech’s two NFL Draftees (Quinton Patton, 4th Round, San Francisco 49ers; Jordan Mills, 5th Round, Chicago Bears) in heading to the professional ranks this summer.

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