Two BC Eagles sign rookie free agent contracts, while 2 others invited to rookie mini-camps

Mike Petraglia
May 09, 2016 - 1:48 pm
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[caption id="attachment_106430" align="alignright" width="350"]BC DL Mehdi Abdesmad hopes to make a name for himself this week. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports) Former BC DL Mehdi Abdesmad has signed a rookie free agent deal with Tennessee. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)[/caption] The pro day workouts at Boston College paid off for four more players. Two former Eagles have signed free agent contacts with NFL teams over while two more have invitations to rookie mini-camp. Defensive linemen Mehdi Abdesmad (Tennessee) and Connor Wujciak (Philadelphia) signed contracts, while offensive lineman Dave Bowen (Tampa Bay) and wide receiver David Dudeck (Seattle) were invited to rookie mini-camp. This foursome brings to six the number of former Eagles headed to NFL camps this spring and summer. Safety Justin Simmons was drafted in the third round by the Broncos while linebacker Steven Daniels was taken in the seventh round by the Redskins. Adbesmad, a two-year started on the defensive line for the Eagles, was a key member of the nation's No. 1-ranked defense. Appearing in all games, he totaled 49 tackles on the season, including 35 solo stops, and 15 tackles for a loss of 59 yards. He added 5.5 sacks. For his career – which spanned six seasons because of injuries – he had 98 career tackles (58 solo), including 21.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. The Montreal, native earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors last Sept. 5 for his performance against Maine in which he recorded four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Abdesmad earned honorable mention All-ACC honors. Wujciak, a three-year starter on the defensive line, was another key member of the Eagles' top-ranked defensive unit. He started all 12 games at nose tackle, registering 31 tackles – including 24 solos. That total included 3.5 sacks and 11 tackles for a loss (for 43 yards). In his career, Wujciak collected 112 total tackles (including 62 solos), 7.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss, as well as three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three passes defended and two blocks. The West Caldwell, N.J., product was a consensus first-team All-ACC performer this season, receiving the nod from the conference's head coaches, writers association, ESPN and Associated Press. This followed his junior season in which he was tabbed to the All-ACC third team. Bowen, who hails from Villanova, Pa., established himself as a starter as an offensive tackle as a senior. This year, the Eagles posted six games in which they ran for at least 195 yards and five games in which they totaled at least 300 yards of offense. Through his career, Bowen appeared in 39 games, seeing time on special teams, tight end and along the offensive line. Dudeck, a product of Hamilton, N.J., earned the 2016 Scanlan Award, Boston College's highest football honor given to the senior who best embodies scholarship and leadership. In 45 career games, he amassed 514 receiving yards on 60 catches, three touchdowns and a career-long, 41-yard reception at Wake Forest in 2014. He also recorded 119 rushing yards on 46 carries, mostly in his freshman campaign, and scored a touchdown on the ground. A member of special teams, he returned three punts for 25 yards and tallied 12 kick returns for 172 yards. Last month, he was selected to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Society.