Four Football Players Sign NFL Free Agent Deals
May 02, 2013
Four former Mount Union football players in wide receivers Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) with the Miami Dolphins, Chris Denton (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, linebacker Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) with the NY Giants and Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) with the Indianapolis Colts agreed to NFL free agent deals.
The four join Pierre Garcon in Washington, Cecil Shorts III in Jacksonville and Kyle Miller in Miami as former Mount Union football players on current NFL rosters.
Collins played in 52 games at Mount Union and had 232 receptions for 3,527 yards with 37 touchdowns. He also had three punt returns for touchdowns over his career.
His 232 receptions is second in school history behind the 259 of Cecil Shorts III, the last Purple Raider who played in the Shrine Game.
This past season, Collins had 92 receptions for 1,694 yards with 22 touchdowns on his way to All-American and D3football.com North Region Offensive Player of the Year honors.
The 1,694 receiving yards is the seventh highest single-season total in NCAA Division III history.
Denton was an All-American receiver and return man who played in all 15 games this past season with 73 catches for 960 yards with six touchdowns. He also had an NCAA record five punt returns for touchdowns this season.
Denton played two years at Mount Union (2011, 2012) and two years at Norwich (Vt.) (2009, 2010). Ironically that was the same Norwich University where Pierre Garcon played one year for one year (2004) then three at Mount Union (2005-07).
Dieuseul was an All-American linebacker who started all 15 games and was second on the team with 89 tackles (13.5 for loss) with 5.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble this past season.
He was the Ohio Athletic Conference Linebacker of the Year in 2012 after being named the OAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2011. He is only Mount Union player to win conference MVP honors at two different positions.
Driskill led the nation's No. 1 ranked defense with 101 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles with two interceptions and two blocked kicks. He was also a consensus All-American (AP, AFCA, D3football.com), the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, Lee Tressel Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Back of the Year and the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award winner.
The players helped lead Mount Union to a record 11th NCAA Division III national championship this past December.