TCU Football's Dawson and Tucker Sign Free-Agent Contracts
TCU wide receiver Skye Dawson and tailback Matthew Tucker have signed free-agent contracts with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.
The Horned Frogs had wide receiver Josh Boyce (fourth round, New England Patriots) and defensive end Stansly Maponga (fifth round, Atlanta Falcons) drafted Saturday.
Dawson, a four-year letterman, totaled 91 receptions for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns in his TCU career. He placed third on the Horned Frogs in 2012 with 34 catches for 455 yards. He totaled a career-high 10 receptions for 154 yards and a 19-yard touchdown against Texas Tech.
As a junior, Dawson ranked second on TCU in receptions (45), receiving yards (500) and touchdowns (5). He was the Poinsettia Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player after totaling four receptions for 85 yards, including the game-winning 42-yard touchdown grab with 4:26 to play in TCU's 31-24 win over Louisiana Tech.
Dawson was also TCU's primary return specialist. He joined West Virginia's Tavon Austin as the only players in the Big 12 to rank in the top six in both punt returns and kickoff returns last season. Dawson averaged 9.4 yards on punt returns and 23.1 on kickoff returns.
Tucker ranks 10th on TCU's career rushing list with 2,602 yards. His 33 rushing touchdowns rank third, behind only LaDainian Tomlinson (54, 1997-00) and Lonta Hobbs (38, 2002-06).
Tucker totaled 515 yards and a team-best six rushing touchdowns on a 4.4 per carry mark in 2012. He ran for 709 and 702 yards as a sophomore and junior, respectively. He recorded two 100-yard games, including a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries as a true freshman at Wyoming in 2009.
Tucker joins former TCU linebacker Jason Phillips on the Eagles.
In 12 seasons as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has now had 33 players drafted with a total of 69 in NFL camps.
In 2011, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.