A pair of MIAA standouts signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams Tuesday – right after the lockout came to a close – and will be in camp with those teams within days.
And one of them’s a Wichitan.
Washburn wide receiver Joe Hastings, a Bishop Carroll product, signed with the San Francisco 49ers and will head to Santa Clara, Calif., for camp starting on Thursday. Hastings led the MIAA in receiving yards (1,546) and receptions (87) last season, setting his school’s single-season records for both. He had eight 100-yard games in 2010 and tied a Washburn single-game record with four touchdown catches against Nebraska-Omaha … a game in which he only played the first half.
Also signing on Tuesday was Fort Hays State wide receiver O.J. Murdock, who will start camp with the Tennessee Titans on Friday. Murdock set the single-season record for the Tigers this year with 1,290 receiving yards and holds the MIAA career record for yards per catch at 20.9.