Over the last week and a half we've discussed the various rumored undrafted free agent additions for the 49ers. Earlier today, the team officially announced 12 undrafted free agent signings. I've posted bios down below, courtesy of the 49ers PR department. The 49ers also announced the signing of punter Anthony Santella to a one-year contract. Santella was an undrafted free agent in 2011, and will likely work as a camp leg to keep Andy Lee fresh for the regular season.
The undrafted free agents will get a chance to show their stuff early as the 49ers open their rookie training camp on Friday. That will provide us the first opportunity to develop our irrational attachment to one or more players. Personally, i have a hunch MarQueis Gray becomes that guy for a lot of people. He is a flashy play-maker for Minnesota, getting time at both QB and wide reciever. The 49ers have him listed as a running back at the moment. I can't wait for the FanPosts to pour forth!
C Sherman Carter
Played in 42 games (33 starts) during his career at Tennessee State. As a senior, started all 11 games and was selected First-Team Ohio Valley Conference. In 2011, started all 11 games and was selected Second-Team All-OVC. As a sophomore, started all 11 games for the Tigers. In 2009, played in 9 games on the offensive line. Attended LaVergne (LaVergne, TN) HS and earned first-team all-region and all-state honors, as a senior. Majored in criminal justice. Born 9/13/88 in LaVergne, TN.
FB Alex Debniak
Saw action in 47 games over his five-year career at Stanford, where he played LB and on special teams units for the Cardinal. Tallied 56 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 6 TFLs and 2 FFs during his collegiate career. As a fifth-year senior in 2012, played in 14 games and registered 24 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 2 FFs. Was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention on special teams and earned Stanford's Outstanding Senior Award. In 2011, played in 12 games and finished the year with 10 tackles and 1 TFL and earned the Phil Moffat Award for the team's best special teams player. Played in 13 games in 2010, recording 18 tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 TFL. Redshirted in 2009. Played in 8 games as a true freshman in 2008, and finished the year with 4 tackles. Attended Hudsonville (MI) HS, where he registered 153 tackles and 26.0 sacks. As a senior, rushed for 1,387 yds. and 18 TDs on 167 carries., earning all-state, all-area and all-conference honors. Also competed on the track and field squad, where he set seven school records. Majored in human biology. Born 1/5/90 in Hudsonville, MI.
HB MarQueis Gray
A versatile athlete, played in 47 games (26 starts), lining up at QB and WR for Minnesota. Completed 150 of 295 passes for 2,053 yds, 14 TDs and 11 INTs during in collegiate career. Rushed for 1,731 yds. on 341 carries with 12 TDs and caught 60 passes for 766 yds. and 6 TDs. Played in 11 games (8 starts) in 2012 as a WR and QB. Completed 34 of 59 atts. for 472 yds., 5 TD and 2 INTs, while also adding 390 yds. and 5 TDs on 72 carries. Additionally, hauled in 12 recepts. for 121 yds. As a junior, played in 11 games (10 starts) and passed for 1,495 yds. with 8 TDs and 8 INTs. Also rushed for 966 yds. and 6 TDs on 199 carries. In 2010, played 12 games (7 starts) at WR, catching 42 passes for 587 yds. and 5 TDs. Added 110 yds. on the ground on 23 carries with 1 TD. As a freshman, saw time at both QB and WR, playing in 13 games (1 start). Rushed for 265 yds. on 47 carries. Completed 6 of 15 passes for 62 yds. and 1 TD and 1 INT and also tallied 6 recepts. for 58 yds. and 1 TD. Attended Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN) HS. As a senior, completed 26 of 41 passes for 376 yds. and 3 TDs and rushed for 302 yds. on 64 attempts with 4 TDs. As a junior, was 73 of 140 passing with 1,113 yds. and 12 TDs. Added 603 rushing yds. and 7 TDs on 127 carries. Majored in youth studies. Born 11/7/89 in Indianapolis, IN.
RB D.J. Harper
Played in 53 games (15 starts) over six years at Boise State, totaling 2,779 rushing yds, 39 TDs and 54 recepts. for 396 yds. and 2 TDs. As a senior in 2012, started all 13 games and rushed for 1,137 yds. on 228 carries with 15 TDs. Also added 23 recepts. for 163 yds. and 1 TD and returned 7 kickoffs for 188 yds. Played in 12 games in 2011, rushing for 557 yds. on 115 carries with 9 TDs. Added 19 recepts. for 140 yds. and 1 TD. Granted medical hardship in both 2009 and 2010 after injuries limited him to 3 games each in both years. In 2008, played in 13 games (1 start) and totaled 265 rushing yds. and 4 TDs on 55 carries. Played in 9 games (1 start) as a freshman in 2007, registering 84 carries for 373 yds. and 5 TDs. Attended Cypress Creek (Houston, TX) HS and finished with nearly 4,000 yds. Also competed in track and field. Born 9/21/89 in Houston, TX.
WR Chuck Jacobs
Played in 26 games over two years at Utah State after transferring from Laney (CA) Junior College. Caught 61 passes at Utah State for 826 yds. and 7 TDs. Added 1,020 KOR yds. on 42 returns. In 2012, played in 13 games, catching 41 passes for 608 yds. and 5 TDs and adding 24 KORs for 579 yds. As a junior, notched 20 recepts. for 218 yds. and 2 TDs and registered 441 KOR yds. on 18 returns. Transferred from Laney College after 2010 season. Caught 27 passes for 238 yds. and 2 TDs at Laney. Added 6 PRs for 54 yds. and led team with 386 KOR yds. and a 29.7 avg. on 13 kick returns. Attended Kennedy (CA) HS, where he played football, basketball and track and field. Majored in interdisciplinary studies. Born 5/11/90 in Richmond, CA.
T Luke Marquardt
Saw action in 30 games (25 starts) during his career at Azusa Pacific. In 2012, did not play due to injury. In 2011, started all 12 games and earned First-Team NAIA All-Independent honors. As a sophomore, started all 10 games at tackle. In 2009, played in 8 games (3 starts). Began his career as a tight end, before making the transition to tackle. Attended Skyline (Sammamish, WA) HS, where he played football and basketball. Redshirted as a freshman in 2008. Majored in physical education. Born 3/23/90 in Sammamish, WA.
LS Kevin McDermott
Played in 29 games for the Bruins. As a senior, played in all 14 games and earned honorable mention Academic All Pac-12. In 2011, played in all 14 games handling the long snapping duties for all kicks during the season and was named honorable mention Academic All Pac-12. In 2010, did not see game action, but served as the back-up long snapper and a reserve tight end. In 2009, saw his first game action as a reserve tight end in the win at Washington State and served as the back-up long snapper during the season. Attended Ensworth (TN) HS where he served as a team captain his senior year and was the sixth ranked long snapper in the 2008 class by ProKicker.com. A multisport athlete, he also was a three-time team captain for the basketball team and earned TSSAA Basketball All-Region Tournament Team honors as a senior year. Also played lacrosse for three seasons. Majored in political science. Born on 1/12/90 in Nashville, TN.
CB Darryl Morris
Played in 46 games (43 starts) during his Bobcats career, registering 223 tackles, 5 INTs, 16.5 TFLs and 26 PDs. In 2012, played in 12 games (12 starts), registering 61 tackles, 4 INTs, 2 TFLs and 5 PDs. In 2011, played all 12 games (12 starts), registering 62 tackles, 1 INT, 6 TFLs and 6 PDs. In 2010, played in 11 games (11 starts), registering 60 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and 9 PDs. In 2009, played in 11 games (8 starts), registering 40 tackles, 2 TFLs and 6 PDs. Redshirted in 2008. Attended Warren (Warren, TX) HS where he earned First-Team All-District honors. Also holds the AAU national record in the 4x200m. Majored in business management. Born 9/4/90 in San Antonio, TX.
DL Lawrence Okoye
A native of England, trained as a discus thrower in Great Britain. Ranked the 4th best discus thrower in the world during the Olympic qualifiers, registering a throw of 65.28 meters. Competed in the 2012 Olympics in London, finishing 12th in the discus, with a throw of 61.03 meters in the Olympic finals. Holds the British discuss record, with a throw of 68.24 meters. Has not played organized football, but attended the NFL Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium on April 7 and 8, posting a 10-foot-5 broad jump, 35-inch vertical jump and 4.78 40-yd. dash. Also has competed in rugby before beginning discus training in September 2009. Born 10/6/91 in Croydon, Great Britain.
G Patrick Omameh
Appeared in 45 games (41 starts) during his career at Michigan. In 2012, started all 13 games at right guard. Earned First-Team All-Big Ten and honorable mention Academic All-Big Ten honors and named to 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, as a senior. In 2011, started in all 13 games at right guard and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. In 2010, started in all 13 contests and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. In 2009, played in 7 games (3 starts). Redshirted in 2008. Attended St. Francis De Sales (Columbus, OH) HS and earned first-team all-state honors as a senior. Majored in communication and sociology. Born 12/29/89 in Columbus, OH.
NT Mike Purcell
Saw action in 42 games (36 starts) during his four-year career at Wyoming and totaled 197 tackles, 15 TFLs, 4.0 sacks, 3 FFs, 2 FRs, 2 PDs and 3 blocked kicks. Earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior, recording 83 tackles, 8 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 2 FFs, 1 FR, 1 PD and 1 blocked kick. In 2011, registered 48 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, 1 FR and 2 blocked kicks. Recorded 57 tackles, 4 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, 1 FF and 1 PD in 2010. As a freshman, notched 9 tackles. Attended Highlands Ranch (Highlands Ranch, CO) HS, earning second-team All-State Class 5A honors as a senior, posting 60 solo tackles and 10.0 sacks. Was also ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 17 overall recruit in the state of Colorado. Majored in criminal justice. Born 4/20/91 in Highlands Ranch, CO.
CB Lowell Rose
Played in 36 games (29 starts) for the Golden Hurricane, registering 113 tackles, 3 INTs, 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, 2 FFs, 1 FR and 21 PDs. Earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors as a senior after tallying 56 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 FFs, 1 FR and a team-leading 10 PDs. In 2011, played in 10 games (9 starts), registering 35 tackles, 1 INT, 1.0 sack, 2.5 TFLs and a team-best 9 PDs. In 2010, played in 12 games (6 starts), notching 22 tackles and 2 PDs. Before joining the Hurricanes, transferred to Tulsa in 2009 after spending the 2008 season at UCLA as a walk-on. Attended Culver City (CA) HS where he started at strong safety and running back his senior year, registering 70 tackles and rushing for 1,300 yards. Majored in communication. Born 3/11/90 in Los Angeles, CA.