Wheaton alumni get time in NFL preseason

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Andy Studebaker

Two Wheaton alums competed in NFL preseason games this weekend for their respective teams. Cornerback Pete Ittersagen played for the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night and linebacker Andy Studebaker competed for the Kansas City Chiefs in Atlanta on Friday.

Ittersagen, who signed with the Titans recently, played at cornerback in Tennessee's 20-18 loss at Seattle. Ittersagen was tied for second among Titan players with four total tackles in the game, all solo stops.

Studebaker is entering his third season with the Chiefs after being picked up by Kansas City off the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad in 2008. He was credited with three total tackles, including one solo stop in the Chiefs' 20-10 loss at Atlanta on Friday night.

A December 2008 graduate of Wheaton, Ittersagen signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars last April and has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints and Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. A three-time All-American for the Thunder, Ittersagen's 60 career passes defended is fifth in Division III history in the category and his five career punt returns for a touchdown established a school record. His nine career touchdown returns (five punt, three interception and one kick) also set a Wheaton record. He is the program's all-time leader in punt return yardage with 65 punts returns for 1,075 yards (16.5 per return). The four-time all-conference selection at cornerback recorded 252 career tackles, with 189 solo stops.

Studebaker graduated from Wheaton in May 2008 with a bachelor's degree in applied health science. In four seasons with the Thunder, he tallied 111 total tackles, with 50-1/2 tackles for lost yardage (minus-292 yards), including 30 quarterback sacks. As a junior in 2006 he was selected as the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year and was tabbed as a First Team All-American and the North Region Defensive Player of the Year by D3football.com. He also earned Second Team All-American honors on the 2006 AP Little All-American team and was a Football Gazette Division III All-American.

In that junior campaign Studebaker led the CCIW and Division III with 17-1/2 sacks (minus-142 yards) and was also the league leader in tackles for lost yardage with 25-1/2 (minus-161). His 17-1/2 sacks tied the school record for sacks in a single season, and were the most of any player at any NCAA level in 2006.