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Ravens Sign 15 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

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The Ravens have added 15 players to their rookie class.

Here is the rundown on Baltimore’s undrafted rookies:

*WR Jaelon Acklin, Western Illinois *

COLLEGE: Appeared in 44 games (12 starts) at Western Illinois, catching 104 passes for 1,720 yards and 12 TDs...Ranked second nationally (FCS) in receiving yards with 1,369 (on 84 receptions), while adding 10 TDs in 12 games...His 1,369 yards on 84 catches were both single-season records for the Bulldogs...Recorded a career high 343 receiving yards on 19 catches and 3 TDs vs. South Dakota...As a junior in 2016, played in 11 games for the Bulldogs, recording192 yards on 8 catches (17.5 avg.)...Also notched 4 ST tackles...Played in all 13 games as a sophomore, making six starts...Finished with 12 catches for 168 yards and 2 TDs...Scored a 26-yard TD at Illinois State during playoffs...Earned first-career start vs. Eastern Illinois...Played in eight games as a freshman on offense and special teams, returning kickoffs and punts...Returned 3 kickoffs for 25 yards...Majored in psychology.

OL Randin Crecelius, Portland State

COLLEGE: A four-year letterwinner, Crecelius was a three-year starter at Portland State and appeared in 29 career games (25 starts)...Had started 21-consecutive games prior to being injured his senior year in 2017...Earned third-team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2016 and honorable mention in 2017 and 2015...Started on an O-line that helped the offense average 429.0 ypg and 169.6 ypg rushing as a senior in 2017...Blocked for an offense that gained 544 total yards, including 295 rushing yards and 3 TDs vs. Montana...Transitioned to left tackle as a junior in 2016, when he was one of only three players to start every game on offense...Helped block for an offense that average 452.2 ypg and scored 33.2 ppg...The Vikings finished second in the Big Sky averaging 243.6 ypg rushing...Started nine games as a sophomore in 2015

RB Gus Edwards, Rutgers

COLLEGE: Spent the first four years (2013-16) of his career playing for the Miami Hurricanes and then transferred to Rutgers as a fifth-year senior in 2017...Rushed for 1,690 yards and 18 TDs on 350 career attempts (4.8 average), also posting 16 receptions for 156 yards and 1 TD...As a senior starting all 12 games at Rutgers, split the Homer Hazel Award for the team’s MVP with Sebastian Joseph...Was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches after rushing for 713 rushing yards and 6 TDs...Rushed for 512 yards in conference play, the most by a Scarlet Knight in a season since Rutgers joined the Big 12...Saw action in 11 games as a junior at Miami, totaling 290 rushing yards and 1 TD on 59 carries...Received a medical redshirt in 2015 after sustaining a season-ending foot injury...As a sophomore, played in 12 games, totaling 349 rushing yards and 6 TDs...Played in 12 games as a freshman, posting 338 rushing yards and 5 TDs...Earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami, and while at Rutgers, was a graduate student in the adult & continuing education program.

G Justin Evans, South Carolina State

COLLEGE: Appeared in 43 career games (33 starts) for the Bulldogs, seeing action along the offensive line...In 2017, he was named first-team All-MEAC for the second-straight season...Recorded 30 knockdown blocks, while not allowing a sack all season...Invited to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl All-Star game for draft-eligible players...Anchored an offensive line that allowed just 2.4 sacks per game his senior year...Protected QB Dewann Ford in 2017, as he threw for 1,772 and 8 TDs...As a junior in 2016, earned first-team All-MEAC honors, leading the team with 12 knockdown blocks...Started all 11 games at RG as a sophomore (2015)...As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he played in 11 games (three starts), becoming one of the top reserves along the offensive line...Redshirted as a true freshman in 2013... Evans is working toward a degree in education, with an expected graduation date in spring 2019.

ILB Alvin Jones, UTEP

COLLEGE: In 47 career games (43 starts) at UTEP, he posted 343 career tackles, which rank second most for the program since 2000...Tallied 40 career TFL, which stand third in program history, and 15 sacks, which tie for fourth in school annals... As a senior, led team with a career-high 102 tackles, earning All-Conference USA honorable mention honors...Was also the team leader in TFL (10.5), sacks (4.5) and FFs (3)...Earned second-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior after leading the team in tackles (93), including 6 TFL and 2.5 sacks...As a sophomore, led the team with 93 tackles, including 14.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks and 2 safeties...As a true freshman, posted 55 tackles, 9 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT and 3 PD....Graduated with a degree in organizational and corporate communications.

TE Nick Keizer, Grand Valley State

COLLEGE: Played in 36 career games (23 starts) at Grand Valley State, recording 45 receptions for 734 yards and 11 TDs...Earned All-America honors as selected by D2Football.com, D2CAA, Don Hansen's Football Gazette and CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-GLIAC as a senior in 2017...Led all GLIAC tight ends in 2017 in receptions (29), receiving yards (504) and TD catches (9), while also leading the nation in yards per catch (17.4) for tight ends...Had 22 of his receptions result in a first down...Ranked second in TD catches and 10th in receptions among all GLIAC receivers...Recorded 5 receptions for 63 yards and 2 TDs against Michigan Technological...Had a career-high 6 catches for 118 yards and 2 scores in the season opener vs. Indianapolis...Had 7 receptions for 103 yards as a junior (2016) and 9 receptions for 127 yards and 2 TDs in 2015.

DE Christian LaCouture, Louisiana State

COLLEGE: A three-year starter for the Tigers, LaCouture accumulated 152 tackles, 16.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks...Was awarded the No. 18 jersey that goes to a player who possesses the traits of being a great Tiger – selfless, team leader and represents all that is good about the program...Started every game as a senior in 2017, finishing second on the team with a career-high 66 tackles...Added 8.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 8 PD and 5 QB hurries...Was a key member of the SEC’s No. 4-ranked defense (316.2 ypg)...Redshirted (knee) in 2016, serving as a student assistant coach with the D-line that season...As a junior, played in 11 games (10 starts), tallying 35 tackles and 1 sack...In 2014, he was a member of the SEC’s top defense (316.8 ypg), starting all 13 games at DT...Totaled 44 tackles, 4 TFL and 2.5 sacks...Played in every game as a freshman, finishing with 11 tackles on the season... Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2014 & 2015)...Graduated in 2016 with a degree in sport administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.

*WR Andre Levrone, Virginia *

COLLEGE: Appeared in 35 career games for Virginia, totaling 59 receptions for 1,079 yards and 9 TDs...As a senior, he posted career highs in catches (34), receiving yards (689) and TD receptions (7)...Named ACC Receiver of the Week after leading UVA with 5 catches for 141 yards and 2 TDs in a road win at Boise State...Caught 3 passes for 67 yards and 2 TDs vs. Georgia Tech...Played in 10 games as a junior, posting 8 catches for 126 yards...As a sophomore, registered 2 catches for 16 yards in one game, but missed the final 11 contests of the season with a back injury...Tallied 15 receptions for 248 yards and 2 TDs as a redshirt freshman...Redshirted his true freshman season...Graduated with a degree in media studies.

LB Mason McKendrick, John Carroll

COLLEGE: Appeared in 43 career games (33 starts) for the Blue Streaks, recording 236 tackles, 10.5 sacks (-71 yards) and 3 INTs (2 returned for TDs)...Named an American Football Coaches Association DIII Coaches’ first-team All-American (2016 & 2017), second-team Associated Press Little All-American (2017) and earned first-team All-OAC as voted on by the league’s coaches (2016 & 2017)... As a senior, recorded a team-leading 67 tackles, 5 PD, 3.5 sacks and 2 INTs (1 returned 78 yards for a TD)...Registered a career-high 13 tackles in the season opener vs. UW-Oshkosh...Started all 14 games as a junior, totaling 96 tackles, 6 sacks and 1 FR...Tallied a team-high 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks vs. Baldwin Wallace... Ended his sophomore year with 53 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 sack and 1 INT...Recorded his first-career INT and returned it 35 yards for a TD at Ohio Northern...Saw action on defense and special teams as a freshman.

LS Trent Sieg, Colorado State

COLLEGE: Appeared in 52 games for the Rams, never missing a snap throughout his four-year career...Snapped on all punts, FGAs and PATs as a senior...Snapped to K Wyatt Bryan and helped him convert 15 of 18 FGAs...As a junior, helped P Hayden Hunt earn first-team All-Mountain West honors...Played in all 13 games in 2015... Snapped to Hunt, the Ray Guy Award finalist and Pro Football Focus All-American... Helped the Rams accumulate a net punting average of 41.96, which ranked No. 4 in the FBS...As a redshirt freshman, replaced four-year LS Tanner Hedstrom and assumed all responsibilities...Recorded 2 special teams tackles...Tallied first career special teams tackle at Boise State...Redshirted as a true freshman in 2013... Graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

C Alex Thompson, Monmouth

COLLEGE: A three-time (2015-17) All-Big South honoree, he started 44 of 45 career games...As a senior in 2017, started all 12 games en route to earning numerous honors: AP third-team All-American, Phil Steele FCS second-team All-American, Stats Inc. third-team All-American and first-team All-ECAC...Started all 11 contests as a junior, helping Monmouth post 161.5 rushing yards per game and 26 ground TDs...As a sophomore, started all 11 games and helped the Hawks produce All Big South honorees at TE (Hakeem Valles), RB (Darren Ambush) and WR (Darren Ambush)...Started in 10 games as a freshman, helping RB Lavon Chaney lead the Big South in all-purpose yards...Graduated with a degree in business management... Prior to Monmouth, he wrestled (heavyweight) one year for West Virginia University.

RB Mark Thompson, Florida

COLLEGE: Played in 23 career games at Florida, posting 126 carries for 596 yards and 5 TDs, adding 16 receptions for 184 yards and 1 TD...Played in 11 games in 2017, recording 58 rushes for 297 yards and a career-high 3 TDs...Added 12 catches for 79 yards and 1 KOR for 21 yards...Led the Gators in rushing at South Carolina and Florida State...Had a season-high 78 yards vs. UAB...Posted 11 carries of 10-plus yards on the season...Appeared in 12 games and had a career-high 68 carries for 299 yards, adding 2 TDs in his first season (2016) at Florida...Also posted 4 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD...Recorded a season-high 85 rushing yards against North Texas...Caught an 85-yard TD in the Outback Bowl vs. Iowa, the second-longest passing play in Florida bowl history and the longest play in Outback Bowl history.

RB De’Lance Turner, Alcorn State

COLLEGE: Played in 26 games (21 starts) at Alcorn State, recording 2,121 rushing yards on 320 carries and 15 TDs...Finished his career as the school’s single-season rushing record-holder (1,357 yards in 2017), which also ranked second in the FCS... Earned FCS third-team All-America recognition by the AP, honorable mention HBCU All-America honors and was tabbed first-team All-Conference by league coaches... Also was a two-time SWAC Offensive Player of the Week...As a senior, recorded 1,357 rushing yards on 180 carries with 10 TDs, adding 21 receptions for 212 yards and 3 TDs...Rushed for a career- and conference-high 272 yards, adding 2 rushing TDs and 1 receiving TD vs. Southern U...Recorded the longest rush from scrimmage in school history, with an 88-yarder vs. Miles College...As a junior, recorded 760 rushing yards and 5 TDs and pulled in 12 catches for 146 yards...Earned first-team All-State honors as a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln (Wesson, MS) CC...Graduated from Alcorn State with a degree in psychology.

P Kaare Vedvik, Marshall

COLLEGE: Played in 38 career games at Marshall, seeing action at punter and kicker throughout his four-year career...Named first-team All-Conference USA as a senior punter in 2017, handling punt, kickoff and FG duties for the Herd...Punted 59 times for 2,597 yards (44.0 avg.), including 26 inside the 20-yard line...Made national headlines for his 92-yard punt against Old Dominion, which is the seventh-longest in FBS history and the longest in 45 years...Ranked in the Top 10 for fewest punt return yards allowed...Also averaged 63.6 yards per kickoff...Made 10 of 16 FGAs and converted 41 of 42  ATs...Handled all 71 punts for 2,800 yards (40.0 avg.) as a junior in 2016...Did not see game action in 2015 while learning to become the team's full-time punter.

*DB Darious Williams, Alabama Birmingham *

COLLEGE: Played in 25 games (18 starts) at UAB, recording 73 tackles, 26 PD and 6 INTs in just two seasons with the Blazers...Earned first-team All-America honors by Pro Football Focus and was named first-team All-Conference USA in 2017...Started all 13 games at cornerback, registering 50 tackles (38 solo), 20 PD and 5 INTs...Led the C-USA in PD (20), which also ranked No. 5 in the NCAA amongst BS schools...Also ranked No. 2 in the conference in INTs (5)...Recorded his first career INT returned for a TD (41 yards) at Southern Mississippi...Picked up first career FR at North Texas...Recorded career highs in tackles (8) and TFL (3) vs. Coastal Carolina...In 2016, the football program was reinstated, but no games were played...The UAB football program was disbanded for the 2015 season...Made 5 starts in his first year with the Blazers in 2014, registering 23 tackles, 6 PD and 1 INT...Started career as a walk-on...Majored in communications and nutrition.

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