Football: Ohio Undrafted Free Agents Realize Their Biggest Dreams

Avery Jennings

Updated Fri, May 4, 2012 4:19 pm
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Ohio running back Donte Harden catches a touchdown pass - his first of the season - in Ohio's 23-20 loss to Ball State.
Pat Chiesa talks with Phil Bates about signing with the Seattle Seahawks
Pat Chiesa talks with Paul Hershey about the chance to play in the NFL
Pat Chiesa talks with Noah Keller about signing with the St. Louis Rams

After playing an instrumental part in Ohio football's successful 2011-12 campaign, several Bobcats are now seeing their biggest dreams come true with a chance to play in the NFL. Wide receiver Lavon Brazill was the only Bobcat selected in this year's NFL Draft, but five players have been contacted with opportunities to sign or try out for teams as undrafted free agents.

Linebacker and defensive captain Noah Keller was signed by the St. Louis Rams, and receiver Phil Bates reached a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Also, punter Paul Hershey, running back Donte Harden and offensive guard A.J. Strum received intivations to try out with the Kasas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions, respectively.

The Bobcat Sports Showcase football reporter Pat Chiesa got a chance to chat with Bates, Hershey and Keller about realizing their dreams to play in the National Football League.