The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of five college free agents who participated in the team's 2015 rookie minicamp.
The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of five college free agents, each of whom participated in the team's rookie minicamp on Friday and Saturday. They also signed free agent linebacker Alonzo Highsmith.
In corresponding moves, the team also waived tackle Brey Cook, defensive lineman LaKendrick Ross, linebacker James Gayle (injured) wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck, and quarterback Connor Halliday (left squad).
Here's a list of today's signees, complete with a statistical background of each:
Tovar Allen – T – 6-6, 315 pounds – Alabama State
Played collegiately at Alabama State from 2011-14, appearing in 36 games with 24 starts … Played in eight games his senior year … started in all 11 games in which he appeared his junior year, missing one game due to injury. Was named to the College Sports Madness All-SWAC Second Team after helping the Hornets lead the conference in rushing while scoring more than 30 points for a third straight season … started all 11 games at right tackle his sophomore year, leading Alabama State to 100-yard rushing performances in nine of its 11 games and scoring on 38-of-41 red zone possessions with 32 touchdowns … Played in six games with two starts as a true freshman in 2011. Made his first-career start against Eastern Michigan, and started the next week against Grambling State.
Houston Bates – LB – 6-3, 250 pounds – Louisiana Tech
Played at Illinois from 2010 to 2013 before transferring to Louisiana Tech for the 2014 season … Started all 14 games as a defensive end at Louisiana Tech in 2014, finishing with 42 tackles – 16 for loss – with 10 sacks, 13 hurries, two pass deflections and one forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception apiece. Was named Most Valuable Player in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl after collecting 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss against his former Illinois team. Participated in the College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game at the University of Texas … Was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection at Illinois in 2013 after starting all 12 games and collecting 40 tackles – 12 for loss – with 3.5 sacks, five hurries, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a safety. Was also an Academic All-Big ten Selection … Played in 10 games with two starts for Illinois in 2012, collecting 18 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Missed two games due to injury. Was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree. … Played in 13 games with two starts his redshirt freshman year in 2011. Collected 23 tackles (two for a loss) with a sack on the year. … redshirted the 2010 season at Illinois.
Hutson Mason – QB – 6-3, 209 pounds – Georgia
Played at Georgia from 2010 to 2014, setting the school record for completion percentage (64.98 percent) with a minimum of 400 passing attempts … Set the school record for single-season completion percentage (67.87 percent) as a senior in 2014 as he played and started in all 13 games, completing 188-of-277 passes for 2,168 yards with 21 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Also had four rushing touchdowns on the year. Was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. … Appeared in five games with two starts in 2013, completing 67-of-110 passes (60.9 percent) for 968 yards with three touchdowns to five interceptions. Also ran for a touchdown. Passed for a then-career high 320 yards vs. Nebraska in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. … Redshirted in 2012 … Appeared in four games in 2011, completing 18-of-30 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. … Appeared in four games as a true freshman in 2010 and completed 9-of-17 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Threw a 26-yard touchdown pass on the first play of scrimmage in his collegiate career.
Dasman McCullum – LB – 6-4, 242 pounds – Southern Mississippi
Played at Southern Mississippi from 2010 to 2014 … Was a Phil Steele third-team All-Conference USA selection his senior year in 2014 after collecting 61 tackles (13 for a loss) with a team-high 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles with one fumble recovery, interception and blocked extra point apiece. Earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering a career-high 10 tackles against Appalachian State. …Played in all 12 games his junior year, recording 37 tackles with a team-best 10.5 tackles. Also registered 2.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. … Suffered a season-ending injury Week 1 against Nebraska during his redshirt sophomore season in 2012 … saw action in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011, tallying 22 tackles (two for a loss) with a blocked field goal and a half sack. … Redshirted in 2010.
Daryl Waud – DE – 6-5, 270 pounds – Western Ontario
Played at Western Ontario from 2011 to 2014, and becomes the second Mustang prospect signed to an NFL contract since 2009 (Vaughn Martin; San Diego Chargers). Was also selected by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in the second round (12th overall) of the 2015 CFL draft. Was a three-time OUA all-star and two-time CIS all-Canadian selection … Was a OUA first team all-star and first team all-Canadian selection in 2014 after recording 14.5 tackles and three sacks in eight regular-season games. Was also selected to play in the 90th East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he registered two tackles in a 19-3 victory … Named an OUA first team all-star in 2013 after appearing in eight regular-season and three playoff games with a combined 30 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss. … Named an OUA first team all-star and CIS First Team All-Canadian in 2012 after collecting a combined 35.5 tackles (five for a loss) with a sack and an interception in nine regular-season and two playoff games … played in five regular-season and two playoff games as a true freshman in 2011, collecting a combined 17.5 tackles (three for a loss) with three sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown. Was named to the International Federation of American Football's (IFAF) U19 World Team.
The Redskins announced on Monday the signing of free agent linebacker Alonzo Highsmith , who spent time with the Dolphins and Chiefs.
Alonzo Highsmith – LB – 6-0, 240 pounds – Arkansas
Had stints in 2013 and 2014 with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, but did not play in any regular-season games. Played at Arkansas from 2011-12 after starting his collegiate career at Phoenix (Ariz.) College... Appeared in six games for the Razorbacks in 2012 before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Made 54 tackles (25 solo) and posted two sacks and fumble recovery... Started all 13 games of his first season at Arkansas in 2011, recording 80 tackles (12.5 for loss) with 4.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery (returned 47 yards for a touchdown), one interception and one pass breakup... Was a junior college All-American at Phoenix College. Recorded 94 tackles (79 solo including 12 for loss) with four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for Phoenix in 2010... Received recognition as NJCAA Region One Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was named the WSFL Defensive Player of the Year.