Former Salukis sign NFL free-agent contracts

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    April 29, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Former Southern Illinois University football players Jayson DiManche and Ken Boatright have signed free-agent contracts with National Football League teams, the school announced today.

    DiManche, a linebacker who led the team with 8.0 sacks and 15.0 tackles for loss in 2012, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited the team headquarters before the draft and agreed to terms on Saturday. The Hamilton, N.J. native finished his career fourth in school history in career TFLs (38.0) and seventh in career sacks (19.0).

    Boatright, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks, played two seasons at SIU and piled up 12.0 sacks and 27.0 tackles for loss at defensive end. In 2012, he was an American Football Coaches Association All-America selection and third-team All-America pick by the Associated Press. The Bolingbrook, Ill. native transferred to SIU in 2011 after playing two seasons at Midland University.

    In addition to DiManche and Boatright, the Salukis have two other players currently signed to NFL contracts for the 2013 season -- 11-year pro linebacker Bart Scott (New York Jets) and running back Jewel Hampton (San Francisco 49ers). Three other players -- cornerback Korey Lindsey, and running backs Brandon Jacobs and Deji Karim -- played in the NFL last season and are currently unsigned free agents.

    SIU head coach Dale Lennon said two more players from the 2012 team -- linebacker Joe Okon and defensive end Eze Obiora -- are hoping to sign pro contracts this spring.

    "We're proud to have a steady flow of players come through our program and go on to play in the NFL," Lennon said. "It's a tribute to the hard work of both our players and coaches."