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Five Wolverines Reach Agreements on NFL Free-Agent Deals

May 4, 2016

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May 4, 2016

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Five members of the University of Michigan football team have signed free-agent contracts or received tryouts with National Football League teams following the draft held last weekend. Fullbacks Sione Houma (New Orleans) and Joe Kerridge (Washington), defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Baltimore) and safety Jarrod Wilson (Jacksonville) have signed rookie free-agent contracts, while linebacker James Ross is participating in a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens. Other members of the senior class could sign contracts in the coming days or week.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Houma appeared in 13 games during the 2015 season, rushing 43 times for 184 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He made eight receptions for 77 yards during the year and also added honors in the classroom as an Academic All-Big Ten Conference recipient. Houma set a career high with nine carries for 32 yards and one TD in the Citrus Bowl victory over Florida. He appeared in a team-leading 51 career games, making seven starts at fullback. In his career, Houma contributed 14 tackles on special teams, had 10 receptions for 91 yards and rushed 43 times for a total of 184 yards.

The team’s offensive captain, Kerridge appeared in 12 games in 2015, rushing 14 times for 62 yards and one touchdown while adding five catches for 33 yards. A Traverse City, Michigan, native, he rushed twice again Northwestern with a long run of 34 yards. Kerridge was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree who played in 48 career games. He contributed 10 tackles, had 17 receptions for 123 yards and rushed for 121 yards throughout his career.

Ojemudia appeared in five games during the 2015 season, ending the year with 19 tackles, six tackles-for-loss and two sacks after his senior campaign was cut short due to injury. He appeared in 38 games with seven starts during his career. A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Ojemudia amassed 86 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He matched a career best with five tackles in three of the five games he appeared in as a senior.

Wilson started all 13 games at safety in 2015 and quarterbacked the back half of the defense. A native of Akron, Ohio, he was third on the team with 61 tackles and three pass breakups during his senior campaign. A four-year letterman and two-year starter, Wilson appeared in 49 games at safety, making 31 starts. He contributed 169 tackles, including four tackles-for-loss, one sack, four interceptions and 10 pass breakups during his career. He tallied 10 stops at Indiana in 2015 and set his career high with 11 tackles against Michigan State in 2014. He posted three straight seasons with 50 or more stops.

An Orchard Lake, Michigan native, Ross appeared in all 13 games during the 2015 season, contributing 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss and one sack. He registered two TFLs at Penn State, a key sack at Minnesota and tallied a team-high nine tackles and one sack against Michigan State in his senior campaign. Ross appeared in 50 career games, making 21 starts at linebacker. He totaled 188 tackles, including 16.5 TFLs and three sacks, and two pass breakups during his career.

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