Friday, May 05, 2006

Portland State's Rubin, Bodiford, Weaver Sign Free Agent NFL Contracts

Contact: Mike Lund • 503.725.5602

Three former Portland State Viking football players have signed free agent contracts with National Football League teams. Although no Vikings were selected in the recent NFL Draft, these three players will have a shot at making 2006 rosters.

All-American running back Joe Rubin has signed with the Washington Redskins; first team All Big Sky Conference wide receiver Shaun Bodiford has signed with the Detroit Lions; and first team All-Big Sky tight end Scott Weaver has signed with the Houston Texans.

Rubin, a 5-11, 230-pound running back from Tacoma, WA, had one of the finest seasons in Portland State history in 2005, rushing for 1,702 yards and 17 touchdowns. Rubin had 10 100-yard games and ranked third in the nation in rushing yards. He also earned National Player of the Week honors following a 356-yard, five-touchdown performance in a 41-17 win over Northern Colorado.

Bodiford, a 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Federal Way, WA, had been the Vikings' leading receiver the past two seasons. In 2005, Bodiford caught 51 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 13 rushing plays for 77 yards and one touchdown, and 30 kick returns for
724 yards for 1,346 all-purpose yards. Bodiford set a new school record for kick return yards in a season and averaged 24.1 yards per return.

Weaver, a 6-4, 260-pound tight end from Eugene, OR, moved into the starting lineup in 2005 to earn All-Conference honors. Weaver caught 14 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown. Weaver attended Monroe (OR) High School.


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