/notables/2011/07/free-agency-opens

D-III free agents sign contracts

Mike Preston
Heidelberg D3football.com All-American wide receiver Mike Preston will be signing with the Tennessee Titans.

Undrafted free agents, including a number of quality Division III players, have been waiting three months through a most unsettled NFL offseason. But as the lockout ended, a handful of D-III alumni got picked up right away, and more players could be signed. The initial training camp roster has been expanded to 90 players, opening up plenty of opportunities.

Tyler Beiler, the first-team D3football.com All-American wide receiver from Bridgewater, was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. Beiler caught 61 passes for 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Eagles last season, helping them to an 8-2 mark.

"We're happy for Tyler to be making the move to the next level and for his opportunity with the 49ers. His hard work has gotten him to this point in his career and we wish him all the best as he looks to become the first Bridgewater player to earn a spot on an NFL roster," said Bridgewater coach Michael Clark.

Beiler signed a three-year contract, although NFL contracts are not guaranteed.

Mount Union tight end and long snapper Kyle Miller followed his former Purple Raiders teammate, Cecil Shorts, in signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Miller has NFL size at 6-5, 258, but is projected as a long snapper. 

Mike Preston, a third-team All-America selection at wide receiver for Heidelberg, is signing with the Tennessee Titans. Preston caught 76 passes for 1,213 yards and 15 touchdowns last season for the Student Princes.

UW-Stevens Point wide receiver Jared Jenkins has reportedly signed with the Detroit Lions. Jenkins was a D3football.com All-American, albeit as a punter. Jenkins, who also helped lead the UW-Stevens Point basketball team to the 2010 Division III men's basketball national championship, caught 67 passes for 946 yards and 10 TDs and is the Pointers' No. 2 receiver all-time.

Whittier wide receiver Giovanni Stanley caught just two passes for the Poets this past season after hauling in 16 balls in 2009 but was signed by the San Diego Chargers. The Poets completed fewer than 10 passes per game and Stanley battled hamstring injuries but is 6-3, 200, and had a great pro day, according to his agent.

The New Orleans Saints signed Millsaps receiver and return man Michael Galatas. Galatas is the school's career leader in kick return yards (1,670) and touchdowns (four). He is also tied for first all-time in receiving touchdowns (20) and second all-time in all-purpose yards (4,242). Galatas turned heads at the D2/D3 Pro Day when he broke the 40-yard dash record with a 4.25, an event record. 

Keith Darbut, Baldwin-Wallace defensive lineman, signed as a linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals. Darbut had 15 tackles for loss and 10 and a half sacks for the Yellow Jackets.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
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Wesley at Brockport
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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