Three former Mountaineers sign free agent deals
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State will be well represented in NFL rookie camp in May.
Following the NFL Draft, which ended Saturday, three former Mountaineers signed free agent camps.
Running back Steven Miller was first by signing a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions minutes after the draft was over. He said he'll be primarily used as a punt and kick returner.
Linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough and safety Troy Sanders followed later Saturday night. Kimbrough signed with the Washington Redskins and Troy Sanders signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
Running back Rod Chisholm was also invited to a tryout with the Redskins.
Punter Sam Martin and defensive back Demetrius McCray were both drafted on Saturday. Martin was picked in the fifth round by Detroit and McCray was picked in the seventh round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kimbrough, who was second in the Buck Buchanan Award voting, is a two-time FCS All-American. He finished with 143 tackles last season and 312 in his career. He's also intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles while at Appalachian State.
Sanders started every game of his three year career at Appalachian State. He intercepted three passes and had 40 tackles in 2012, and has 233 career tackles with the Mountaineers.
Chisholm, who is from Charlotte, rushed for 398 yards and three touchdowns in a three-year career that was hampered by injuries and by a suspension in 2011 for academic ineligibility. Chisholm will have his tryout during the Redskins' rookie camp on May 3-5 at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.