Undrafted area players sign with NFL teams

Temple's Montel Harris led the Big East in rushing with 1,054 yards in 2012.
Temple's Montel Harris led the Big East in rushing with 1,054 yards in 2012. (   DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: April 30, 2013

Temple all-American running back Montel Harris of Jacksonville, Fla., and defensive end John Youboty of Houston have signed rookie free-agent contracts with NFL teams.

Harris joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Youboty signed with the Denver Broncos.

Owls placekicker/punter Brandon McManus (Indianapolis Colts) and offensive lineman Martin Wallace (Cleveland Browns) also are signed rookie free agents this spring.

A preseason all-American and a 2012 first-team all-Big East honoree, Harris led the nation with 27 career 100-yard rushing games, including five with the Owls in 2012. He led the Big East in rushing with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on 196 carries for the season. He joins Rutgers wide receiver Tim Wright of Wall Township, N.J., as a signed rookie free agent with the Bucs.

A second-team all-Big East selection in 2012, Youboty started all 11 games at defensive end. His older brother Ashton is a defensive back with the Buffalo Bills.

Penn State

Four Penn State seniors signed with NFL teams as free agents. Center Matt Stankiewitch and cornerback Stephon Morris signed with the New England Patriots. Offensive tackle Mike Farrell agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and fullback Michael Zordich signed with the Carolina Panthers.


Penn's Brandon Copeland, a defensive end and outside linebacker, was signed by Baltimore as a free agent.

Copeland is a Baltimore native and Ravens fan. His grandfather, Roy Hilton, won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts in 1971.

Offensive lineman Joe Bonadies was invited by the Minnesota Vikings to their rookie minicamp next weekend.

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