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Three Scarlet Knights Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts
R.J. Dill, Tim Wright and Mark Harrison Ink Pro Deals
  • Posted on April 29, 2013 4:43:09 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2013) – Rutgers senior OT R.J. Dill (Jacksonville), senior WR Mark Harrison (Chicago) and senior WR Tim Wright (Tampa Bay) have signed undrafted NFL free agent contracts. With the three additional signings, a current total of 10 Scarlet Knights were drafted or have signed NFL free agent deals. Additional players could be added as not every NFL team has officially announced their free agent signings.

    Rutgers finished the 2013 NFL Draft with a school-record seven players selected including third round selections CB Logan Ryan and FS Duron Harmon to New England. LB Khaseem Greene went to Chicago in the fourth round and TE D.C. Jefferson (Arizona), RB Jawan Jamison (Washington), LB Steve Beauharnais (New England) and CB Marcus Cooper (San Francisco) were picked in the seventh round.

    New England drafted three RU players, the most by any NFL team in one NFL Draft.

    The seven players selected in the NFL Draft for Rutgers broke the previous high of five set in 2009.

    2013 Rutgers NFL Draft Class

    Player                           Pos.      Years at RU      NFL Organization            Round   Pick
    Logan Ryan                    CB        2009-12           New England Patriots      3          83
    Duron Harmon               FS        2009-12           New England Patriots      3          91
    Khaseem Greene            LB        2008-12           Chicago Bears                4          117
    D.C. Jefferson                TE         2008-12           Arizona Cardinals            7          219
    Jawan Jamison              RB        2010-12           Washington Redskins      7          228
    Steve Beauharnais          LB        2009-12           New England Patriots      7          235
    Marcus Cooper              CB        2008-12           San Francisco 49ers      7          252

    Free Agent Signees       

    R.J. Dill                          OT        2012                Jacksonville Jaguars      
    Mark Harrison               WR       2009-12           Chicago Bears
    Tim Wright                    WR       2008-12           Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    R.J. Dill Bio

    2012: Started all 13 games at right tackle … honored on CBSSports.com’s All-BIG EAST Team at offensive line … awarded David Bender Trophy at RU banquet (top offensive lineman) … help offense run for 1,578 yards on the ground … offensive line allowed just 11 sacks on the season as a unit … invited to play in East-West Shrine game … named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team.

    Prior to Rutgers: Transfer from the University of Maryland who graduated in December with a degree in Economics … three-year starter at Maryland with 33 career starts, including 30 consecutive starting assignments to close out his career … started the final 10 games at left tackle for the Terps’ 2010 squad that finished 9-4 with a victory in the Military Bowl … appeared in 37 career contests at Maryland … of his 33 career starts, 23 came at right tackle … as a sophomore, started all 13 games for an offense which ranked 29th nationally in scoring (32.2 points per game) … a freshman All-ACC selection by Rivals.com in 2009 ... played in all 12 games, starting eight at right tackle, including the final five … starter at both offensive and defensive tackle for head coach Jeff Boger at Trinity High School … No. 25 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by SuperPrep ... rated No. 61 nationally among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... first team All-Mid-Penn Conference selection in 2006 and 2007 ... key contributor for a Trinity squad that gained over 3,200 yards on the ground in 2007 ... 26 tackles, two forced fumbles and four quarterback hurries as a senior ... team won conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... selected to play in the 2008 Big 33 game ... four-year letterman in basketball where he was team captain and the starting center ... won a conference championship in basketball as a sophomore.

    Mark Harrison Bio

    2012: Played in all 13 games (11 starts), making 44 receptions for 583 yards and six touchdowns … second in school history with 18 career receiving touchdowns … snagged eight catches for 16 yards in the 26-0 win vs. Howard (9/8) … five receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown from QB Gary Nova in the 23-13 win at USF (9/13) … hauled in four catches for 87 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown strike from QB Gary Nova, to seal the 35-26 victory at Arkansas (9/22) … scored his 15th career TD catch on a check-down throw to the flat from QB Gary Nova, sprinting 14 yards to score in the 19-3 win over UConn (10/6) … Connecticut native totaled 10 receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns in four career games vs. UConn … caught his 16th career receiving touchdown in the third quarter of the 35-10 win at Temple (10/20) … four catches for 44 yards in the Kent State game (10/27) … caught his 17th career receiving TD on a career-long 71-yard reception in the first half of the 10-3 win at Cincinnati (11/17) … totaled 14 receptions for 346 receiving yards and five touchdowns in two career games at Nippert Stadium … moved into second place in RU history with his 18th touchdown reception amongst five catches for 131 yards in the Louisville game (11/29) … touchdown snag against the Cardinals was a 68-yard strike from QB Gary Nova, helping him set a season-high in reception yards (131) … two receptions in the Russell Athletic Bowl (12/28) versus Virginia Tech … team leader in receptions with 42 catches … named to Preseason All-BIG EAST Fourth Team by Phil Steele.

    2011: Appeared in 12 of 13 games, missing only the USF (11/5) victory due to a head injury … hauled in 14 catches for 274 yards and two touchdowns … season-high five catches for 79 yards in the 19-16 double overtime win at Syracuse (10/1) … snagged a six-yard touchdown pass from Gary Nova and totaled 34 yards on two catches in the 34-10 win vs. Pitt (10/8) … scored his second TD of the season with a 45-yard reception from Gary Nova vs. West Virginia (10/29).

    2010: First-year starting wide receiver who had a breakout season with 829 yards receiving and nine touchdowns … went into junior season as the leading wide receiver in the BIG EAST in touchdown receptions and yards per reception and was second in receiving yards … voted Offensive Most Valuable Player at team awards banquet … posted a receiving touchdown in six of the final eight games of the season … recorded second-best receiving day in Rutgers history with 240 yards receiving on 10 receptions and four touchdowns - all career-highs - at Cincinnati (11/20) … tied a BIG EAST single-game record with four touchdown receptions and was second-best single-game total in conference history with 240 yards receiving … earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for performance against theBearcats … also topped the century mark in receiving vs. Connecticut (10/8) with 112 yards on five catches.

    2009: Appeared in eight games as a true freshman ... first career touchdown reception went for 20 yards at Connecticut (10/31) ... made collegiate debut vs. Howard (9/12) and recorded first career start vs. Pittsburgh (10/16).

    Prior to Rutgers: Three-year letterwinner for head coach Craig Bruno at Bunnell High School ... two-yearstarter at wide receiver ... New Haven Register All-State selection on offense as a senior ... Connecticut Coaches Association First Team All-State honoree ...  won two state championships as a sophomore and junior … helped guide team to only undefeated season in school history (13-0) in 2007 … compiled a 34-3 record during his career with the Bulldogs … senior campaign featured 61 receptions for 1,673 yards and 17 touchdowns … longest reception of the season was an 85-yard catch … big-play wide receiver who averaged 27.4 yards per catch … rated as the No. 4 prospect in Connecticut by Rivals.com … No. 52 prospect nationally according to Scout.com … season-high 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns in a win for the Bulldogs vs. Barlow … named Connecticut Post First Team Spring All-Star in track his senior season ... born 12/11/90 … a Labor Studies major.

    RECEIVING        G        Rec       Yds       TD        Lg      Rec/G   Avg/C   Avg/G

    2009               8          5         83         1         32        0.6      16.6     10.4

    2010              12        44       829        9         66        3.7      18.8     69.1

    2011              12        14       274        2         45        1.2      19.6     22.8

    2012              13        44       583        6         71        3.4      13.2     44.8

    TOTAL             45       107     1769      18        71        2.4      16.5     39.3

    Tim Wright Bio

    2012: Played in all 13 games, making 39 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns … selected as 2012 team captain by his teammates … led RU in receiving with three grabs for 29 yards in the season-opening 24-12 victory at Tulane (9/1), tying a career high in receptions … catches included a highlight reel one-handed catch late in second quarter action against the Green Wave … career night in the 23-13 victory at USF (9/13), catching eight passes from QB Gary Nova for 125 yards … grabbed a long catch of 46 yards to set up the go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Bulls … continued his strong senior season with a five-catch, 57-yard performance in the 35-26 win at Arkansas (9/22) … three grabs for 11 yards in the 19-3 win vs.Connecticut (10/6) … four catches for 68 yards in the 35-10 win at Temple (10/20), notching his first TD reception of the season on a 32-yard toss from QB Gary Nova … two catches for 30 yards and one TD in the Kent State game (10/27) … led RU with six catches for 66 yards in the Pitt game (11/24), including a longreception of 23 yards ... member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team.

    2011: Appeared in 12 games and started five at wide receiver, missing the game at UConn (Nov. 26) due to injury … recorded 11 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns … set a career-high with three catches at North Carolina (9/10), totaling 19 yards and a touchdown … caught his second touchdown of the season on a 20-yard pass from Gary Nova in the fourth quarter of the 21-20 win vs. Navy (10/15) … two catches for a career-high 39 yards against West Virginia (10/29) ... member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team.

    2010: Named to Rivals.com All-Spring Team … recipient of the Mark Mills Second Effort Award, presented to the Most Improved Offensive Player in spring drills … suffered a knee injury in preseason camp and was forced to miss the season.

    2009: Second-string wide receiver ... saw action in 12 games ... made first career start at Syracuse (11/21) ... collegiate debut against Cincinnati (9/7).

    2008: Did not see game action.

    Prior to Rutgers: Versatile athlete who played tailback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety at Wall High School … three-year starter for head coach Chris Barnes ... consensus Top 15 recruit in New Jersey ... rushed for 383 yards and three touchdowns while hauling in 23 receptions for 347 yards and six touchdowns ... rushed for 141 yards vs. Matawan ... caught four passes for 113 yards and two TDs vs. Middletown South ... Second Team All-Shore by the Asbury Park Press ... First Team All-Shore by the Star-Ledger ... ranked No. 11 in New Jersey by Rivals.com and No. 10 in the state by Scout.com … born 4/7/90 ... a Criminal Justice major.

    RECEIVING        G        Rec       Yds       TD        Lg      Rec/G   Avg/C   Avg/G

    2009              12         0          0          0          0         0.0       0.0       0.0

    2011              12        11       147        2         25        0.9      13.4     12.2

    2012              13        39       449        2         46        3.0      11.5     34.5

    TOTAL             37        50       596        4         46        1.4      11.9     16.1

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