Ken Simonton and Vincent Sandoval Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts

April 22, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. - Former Oregon State University football players Ken Simonton and Vincent Sandoval signed free agent contracts with National Football League franchises Monday. Simonton will attempt to make the roster of the San Francisco 49ers and Sandoval with the New York Giants.

Simonton lettered four years at Oregon State as a running back, and left the program as the school's all-time leader in 11 categories, including rushing (5,044 yards), scoring (366 points), and number of 100-yard plus rushing games (26). The Pittsburg, Cal., native played in 46 career games at OSU and concluded his career second on the Pacific-10 Conference career rushing list. He was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection last season.

Sandoval started 23 consecutive games, at right tackle as a senior and left tackle as a junior. The 6-4, 298-pound Palmdale, Cal., native was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection for the 2001 season. Sandoval is the fifth Beaver lineman to be selected in the NFL Draft or sign as a free agent in the last four years.

Linebacker James Allen was the program's lone draftee for 2002, selected in the third round by the New Orleans Saints.

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