-VIA TEAM RELEASE-
The Baltimore Ravens have officially signed the following rookie free agents, executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome announced Thursday afternoon.
CORNELL BANKS, DT-Fresno State
Cornell Banks appeared in 34 career games with Fresno State, posting 85 total tackles, including a career-high 32 as a junior in 2008. Throughout his collegiate career, he was a consistent All-Academic Team honoree for the Bulldogs.
TIM BARNES, C- Missouri
Tim Barnes was a three-year starter on the Tigers’ offensive line, making his 40th career start in the 2010 Insight Bowl. His efforts as a senior earned him first-team All-Big 12 honors. In his final two seasons, Barnes served as the center for QB Blaine Gabbert, the 10th-overall selection (Jacksonville) in the 2011 NFL Draft.
RYAN BARTHOLOMEW, C-Syracuse
Ryan Bartholomew concluded his four-year career as a senior team captain at Syracuse in 2010. He started all 35 contests he appeared in over his final three seasons with the Orangemen. He also scored his first career touchdown off of a fumble recovery in 2010 against Cincinnati. For his efforts as a senior, he was selected to participate in the 2011 East-West Shrine Game.
DAMIEN BERRY, RB,-Miami
Damien Berry played in 44 contests (starting 10) for Miami during his four-year career (2007-10). Seeing time mostly as a special teams player early on, he shifted to running back during his junior year. Berry finished his career with 1,515 total rushing yards on 283 attempts, including 899 yards on 190 carries during his senior campaign.
JUSTIN BOREN, G/C-Ohio State
Justin Boren was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree following his senior season in 2010. He accumulated 26 career starts during his time as a Buckeye and won the Jim Parker Award, an honor given by OSU coaches to the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman. Prior to joining Ohio State, Boren played two seasons at Michigan, becoming just the third player in history to play for both teams in the storied Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
RODNEY BRADLEY, WR-Hawaii
Rodney Bradley played two seasons (2009-10) at Hawaii, starting 18 games and totaling 79 receptions for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns. Prior to enrolling at Hawaii, he spent two seasons (2007-08) at Navarro College (Corsicana, TX), where he caught 51 passes for 909 yards and three TDs during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
JOSH BYNES, LB-Auburn
Josh Bynes appeared in 43 career games with the Tigers, recording 238 tackles (127 solo), seven INTs, 19 pass deflections, two forced fumbles and two fumbles recoveries. He led the team in tackles in both 2009 (104) and 2010 (71). Bynes started 35 consecutive games dating back to 2008.
EUGENE CLIFFORD, S-Tennessee State
In three seasons (2008-10) at Tennessee State, Eugene Clifford recorded 204 tackles (120 solo), seven INTs and 26 pass deflections while starting 32 of 34 games. He was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team in 2009 and was honored as TSU’s Joe W. Gilliam Defensive Player of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. Prior to his career as TSU, Clifford played in four games at Ohio State in 2007 before transferring the following year.
BRYAN HALL, DT-Arkansas State
In four years at Arkansas State, Bryan Hall recorded 125 tackles (71 solo) and 17 sacks (-121 yards). Throughout his career, he consistently remained a backfield threat with his ability to create tackles for loss and sacks, recording at least 8.5 TFL in each of his final three seasons. As a senior in 2010, he posted a career- and team-high 10 TFL (-63 yards) and also a team-high 8.5 sacks (-59 yards).
TALMADGE JACKSON, CB-Oregon
In 52 games at Oregon, Talmadge Jackson recorded 159 tackles (112 solo), eight INTs (1 TD), 24 pass deflections and one forced fumble. As a junior in 2009, he posted a career- and team-high four thefts. He also posted seven kickoff returns for 91 yards during his career with the Ducks.
ANTHONY LEON, LB-Arkansas
Anthony Leon appeared in 26 games (14 starts) over two seasons with the Razorbacks, amassing 85 tackles (46 solo). In 2010, he led the team with 12.5 TFL (-42 yards). Leon was originally a member of Florida State’s 2006 recruiting class and played in eight games with the Seminoles in 2007, but moved to junior college prior to joining Arkansas in 2009.
COLIN MADISON, Guard-Temple
In four seasons (2007-10) at Temple, Madison started 28 games at right and left guard, anchoring the offensive line for his junior and senior seasons. After starting 11 of 12 games in 2010 and captaining the team for six of those contests, Madison earned 2010 All-MAC first-team honors. Madison was also a two-sport athlete with the Owls, participating in shot put for the track and field program.
RYAN MAHAFFEY, Fullback-Northern Iowa
Ryan Mahaffey appeared in 51 games (starting 43) for Northern Iowa during his four-year career (2007-10). He earned Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic honors his senior year. Mahaffey caught 25 passes for 227 yards and six touchdowns during his time at Northern Iowa, serving as a blocking tight end/fullback.
HAKEEM MOORE, Wide Receiver-Towson
Serving as a wide receiver and return specialist, Hakeem Moore amassed 3,449 all-purpose yards throughout his four seasons (2007-10) at Towson, ranking third on the Tigers’ all-time list. He was named to the All-CAA second team following his 2010 senior campaign. During his time with the Tigers, Moore registered 106 receptions for 1,397 yards and eight touchdowns, adding 92 kick returns for 2,030 yards.
JOHDRICK MORRIS, TE- Southern Miss.
Switching to tight end his senior season, Johdrick Morris earned first-team All-Conference USA honors after leading Southern Mississippi with 50 receptions. He also became the school’s first tight end to lead the team in receptions since 1985. Morris finished his four-year career (2007-10) with 73 catches for 976 yards and six touchdowns.
MICHAEL RICKS, DB- Stillman
Michael Ricks appeared in 20 games at Stillman over two seasons (2009-10), posting 108 tackles, seven INTs and 13 pass deflections. He began his collegiate career in junior college (2007-08) before transferring to Stillman.
TERRON SANDERS, DT-Florida
During his four-year career (2007-10), Terron Sanders appeared in 43 games (28 starts) with the Gators, recording 62 tackles (24 solo), two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and nine TFL. In 2010, he recorded his only career TD off of a 45-yard fumble recovery, the team’s longest return of the year.
WALTER SANDERS, RB-St. Augustine
In four seasons (2007-10) at St. Augustine, Walter Sanders became the school’s leading rusher in the modern era (2,747 yards). During his senior season, the Baltimore native (Mervo HS) was named to the Daktronics All-Region first team, the Don Hansen All-Super Region second team, and he was a candidate for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is given to the Division II Player of the Year.
PATRICK SCALES, LS-Utah State
Patrick Scales started his career at Utah State as a walk-on in 2007 before earning a scholarship in 2008. Scales served as the team’s snapper for four-straight seasons (2007-10), and he was named an Academic All-WAC honoree in 2008.
MANA SILVA-S, Hawaii
Mana Silva played in 38 career games at Hawaii, recording 169 tackles (105 solo), 14 INTs and 26 pass deflections. As a senior in 2010, he set career highs in both tackles (85) and INTs (eight), which helped him earn first-team All-WAC honors. His 14-career INTs set a school record, while his eight thefts in 2010 ranked second nationally. Silva began his collegiate career at Oregon State in 2006 before transferring to Hawaii the following year.
DEREK SIMMONS, DT-Southern California
In four years at USC, Derek Simmons appeared in 36 games for the Trojans, recording 19 tackles. Simmons entered USC at defensive tackle before being moved to offensive guard in 2008. He finished his collegiate career back on the defensive line during his final two seasons..
JOSH VICTORIAN-CB, Louisiana Tech
In 33 career games, Josh Victorian posted 87 tackles (63 solo), five INTs and 27 pass deflections. He started every game for the first time in his career as a senior in 2010, posting two INTs, a career-high 36 tackles and team-best 16 pass breakups.
CHAVIS WILLIAMS-LB, Alabama
Chavis Williams appeared in 33 career games in four years (2007-10) at Alabama, earning a starting role in eight contests during his senior season. He compiled 17 career tackles, recording a career-high three stops against Penn State in 2010. Williams also posted Alabama’s only blocked kick in 2010.
LaQUAN WILLIAMS, WR-Maryland
LaQuan Williams spent his four-year career at Maryland playing different roles on offense (wide receiver), defense (cornerback) and special teams. He appeared in 38 games throughout his tenure, starting 13, all of which came at wide receiver. Williams finished his career with 33 receptions for 436 yards and three TDs, while also contributing 17 tackles on defense and special teams.
NATE WILLIAMS, S-Washington
Nate Williams played in 49 career games with the Huskies, including 13 as a true freshman in 2007. He recorded 275 career tackles (177 solo), one INT, 15 pass deflections and 4.5 sacks. As a senior in 2010, Williams finished third in the Pac-10 with 8.3 tackles per game and set career highs in tackles (105) and sacks (3.5), earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors.
TERRELL ZACHERY, Wide Receiver-Auburn
After redshirting during the 2006 season, Terrell Zachery played four seasons (2007-10) at Auburn, where he amassed 71 receptions for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns, also adding 20 rushes for 285 yards and one TD.
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