Five Stanford Players Sign Free Agent Contracts
April 28, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Five members of the 2007 Stanford football team have agreed to terms with three NFL teams on preferred free agent contracts one day following the conclusion of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Quarterback T.C. Ostrander (New Orleans), wide receivers Mark Bradford (Dallas) and Evan Moore (New Orleans), center Tim Mattran (Minnesota) and punter Jay Ottovegio (Dallas) have agreed to free agent contracts with their respective teams. Other Stanford players could be added to NFL rosters over the course of the next few days.
'We are thrilled for the players who have been selected as priority free agents,' said Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. 'Stanford Football has a proven track record of free agents making NFL rosters and this year's crop will certainly contribute to that legacy.'
Ostrander finished his Stanford career completing 297-of-580 (51.2%) for 3,783 yards and 15 touchdowns in 30 career games, including 12 starts. He posted the best numbers of his career last season when he threw for 1,422 yards, completing 130-of-229 passes (56.8) with seven touchdowns and a 116.4 pass efficiency rating. He started the first four games of the season and enjoyed a career day against UCLA in the first content of the season, completing 27-of-59 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns. Ostrander suffered a seizure on September 30 and missed the USC game. He returned to action the following Saturday against Texas Christian, completing all three of his passes in limited duty. His returned to the starting role in the last game of the season against California and completed 16-of-23 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown to lead Stanford to a Big Game win over the Golden Bears.
Bradford finished his Stanford career ranked fifth on Stanford's all-time career list in receptions (169) and fourth in receiving yardage (2,431) while adding 14 touchdown receptions. He led the team last season with a career-high 51 receptions and also added a career-best 642 receiving yards to earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. Bradford had five receptions for 87 yards in Stanford's upset win over second-ranked USC on October 6, including the game winning catch on a fourth and goal play with 0:49 left. Other notable performances came against Washington State (career-high 12 receptions; season-high 141 yards), Notre Dame (7-111), Oregon (6-72-TD) and California (5-84-TD).
Moore tied for second on the team in receptions (39) and was third in receiving yardage (481) to go along with one touchdown reception and a 12.3 yard per catch average last season. He had a career best six catches and a career high-tying 87 receiving yards in the season opener vs. UCLA. Moore finished his Stanford career with 103 receptions for 1,555 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Mattran, a native of Chaska, Minn. was included on the 2007 Rimington Award Watch List that honors the nation's top center and started all 12 games last season after missing the entire 2006 campaign due to injury. He finished his career with 18 starts.
Ottovegio, a second team All-Pac-10 performer last season, finished his career atop Stanford's career list in both punts (272) and punt yardage (11,083) for a 40.7 career average. He had career-highs of 78 punts and 3,215 yards last season as a senior for a 41.2 yards per punt average, just shy of his career best 41.3 mark recorded during his freshman season of 2004. Ottovegio averaged 40.0 or more yards in 32 of his 46 career games, including nine times last season.
Stanford opens the 2008 regular season on August 28 against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium. Other home dates are scheduled against San Jose State (Sept. 20), Arizona (Oct. 11--Homecoming), Washington State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 15) with road contests slated for Arizona State (Sept. 6), Texas Christian (Sept. 13), Washington (Sept. 27), Notre Dame (Oct. 4), UCLA (Oct. 18), Oregon (Nov. 8) and California (Nov. 22).
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