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Bio Capsules For The 15 College Free Agents

Posted May 13, 2014

View bio capsules for the 15 college free agents the Vikings signed on Tuesday.

Conor Boffeli // Guard // Iowa // 6-5, 295

  • Honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior.
  • Academic All-Big Ten.
  • Started all 13 games at LG during senior campaign.
  • A member of the offensive line that helped the Hawkeye offense amass 200 yards rushing for 5-straight games.
  • Started the final 3 games of the season during the 2012 campaign.
  • Played TE in high school, totaling 31 catches for 402 yards including 2 touchdowns.
  • Teammates with Allen Reisner (2009-10) and Shaun Prater (2009-11) at Iowa.
  • Majored in management/organization.
  • Attended Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

Pierce Burton // Offensive Tackle // Mississippi // 6-6 290

  • Transferred to Mississippi from San Jose State following his sophomore campaign.
  • Selected to the 2014 College All-Star Bowl on the campus of Furman University.
  • Started all 26 games at RT as a Rebel in his 2 seasons at Mississippi.
  • During the 2013 campaign was a member of the offensive line that helped produce the most single-season yards in school history (6,153).
  • A member of the offensive line that helped set a school record 751 yards vs. Troy (11/16/13).
  • As a junior, helped the Rebel offense score the 3rd-most points in program history (409).
  • Graduated in December 2013 with a degree in general studies.
  • Has 12 years experience sailboat racing for the Richmond (Calif.) Yacht Club.
  • Attended high school at Rio Americano in Sacramento, Calif.

Kain Colter // Wide Receiver // Northwestern // 6-0, 195

  • Two-year team co-captain, 2-time All-Big Ten honorable mention.
  • Ranks amongst NU’s all-team leaders in pass efficiency rating (2nd, 139.0), career rushing yards (8th, 2,180), career rushing touchdowns (5th, 28), career rushing yards by a QB (1st, 2,180).
  • Will transition to a full-time WR with the Vikings after serving as an option quarterback with the Wildcats.
  • Established a Wildcat single-season quarterback rushing record as a junior with 891 yards.
  • Started 30 games, playing in multiple positions throughout career.
  • Scored 50 TDs at Northwestern, including 18 passing, 4 receiving and 28 rushing.
  • Co-founded the College Athletes Players Association and helped Northwestern football players seek compensation as employees under the National Labor Relations Act. 
  • Majored in psychology.
  • Attended Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Rakim Cox // Defensive End // Villanova // 6-4, 260

  • Full-time starter for four seasons, starting 46-of-47 games.
  • Led Villanova’s defense with team-best 9 sacks and 11.5 TFLs.
  • First-team All-CAA in 2012 and 2013.
  • Recorded multiple sacks in 3 games in 2013.  
  • Notched 18.0 sacks, 33.5 TFLs, 4 FFs and 4 blocked kicks in 4-year career.
  • Helped team advance to FCS Semifinals during 1st season playing in 2010 after redshirting in 2009.
  • Majored in sociology.
  • Named conference Athlete of the Year following his senior year at San Diego High School in San Diego, Calif.

Isame Faciane // Defensive Tackle // Florida International // 6-5, 295

  • Started 29-of-49 games during his 4 years at Florida International.
  • Led team with 11.5 TFLs during 2013 season, good for 6th-best in Conference USA.
  • Set a career-best and led all defensive lineman with 53 tackles as a senior.
  • Blocked a 44-yard FG vs. Southern Mississippi as time expired to preserve a FIU win.
  • Ranks 6th in school history with 26 career TFLs.
  • Coached by defensive line coach Andre Patterson during final season at Florida International.
  • Enjoys cooking, which he learned from his grandmother who raised him.

Donte Foster // Wide Receiver // Ohio // 6-1, 200

  • Became the 2nd player in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark when he finished with 1,018 receiving yards in 2013.
  • Earned second-team All-MAC honors following senior season.
  • Earned MVP honors in the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl after recording a bowl-record 160 receiving yards against East Carolina.
  • Played in 51 games during four-year career at Ohio.
  • Finished with 2,170 receiving yards and 21 TDs on 167 receptions. 
  • Played college basketball at Seminole State College in Seminole, Okla., before transferring to Ohio University.
  • Had the #1 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter when he made a shot with his back to the basket during a high school basketball game.
  • Majored in sociology-criminology.
  • Attended Guthrie HS in Guthrie, Okla.

Matt Hall // Offensive Tackle // Belhaven // 6-9, 324

  • Transferred to Belhaven from Mississippi following the 2011 season.
  • Anchored the right side of the offensive line that helped the Blazers average 387.9 yards per game.
  • 2013 AFCA NAIA All-America 1st-Team, Mid-South 1st-Team All-Conference West Division selection.
  • Named a finalist for the 2013 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which is given annually to the player voted Mississippi’s most outstanding college football player.
  • Brother, Mitch, plays football at Missouri.
  • Prepped at Russelville (Ark.) High School where he was ranked the 4th overall Arkansas prospect.

Zac Kerin // Center // Toledo // 6-5, 300

  • Selected to the All-MAC team 3 consecutive seasons. 2013 (2nd team), 2012 (1st team), 2011 (1st team).
  • Appeared in 50 career games, earning 38 career starts. Did not miss a game over the final 3 years of collegiate career.
  • Anchored an offensive line that only allowed 5 sacks during the 2013 campaign, which ranked 1st nationally.
  • Key part of the offense that ranked 3rd in the MAC for total offense (445.2 ypg) and 5th in scoring (31.5 ppg).
  • Academic All-District and Academic All-MAC selection in 2012 with a 3.61 GPA.
  • Visited the Vikings on the pre-draft Top-30 visit.
  • Enjoys fishing and paintball.
  • Majored in civil engineering.
  • Prepped at Olentangy High school in Lewis Center, Ohio.

AC Leonard // Tight End // Tennessee State // 6-4, 245

  • Transferred to Tennessee State following his freshman year in 2011 from Florida, where he was teammates with Sharrif Floyd.
  • Florida’s lone true freshman to record a reception during the 2011 season.
  • Played in 10 contests during the 2012 campaign, earning 8 starts.
  • 2012 AP All-American, 2012 All-OVC 1st-Team Selection, 2012 Sports Network FCS All-American.
  • Played in 12 games as a senior amassing 441 yards on 34 catches with 5 touchdowns for the Tigers.
  • Participated in the Under Armour High School All-American Game.
  • Prepped at University Christian School in Jacksonville.

Erik Lora // Wide Receiver // Eastern Illinois // 5-11, 190

  • Two-time Walter Payton Award Finalist, given to the most outstanding offensive player in Football Championship Subdivision, finishing 4th in 2013 and 7th in 2012.
  • Set the single-season mark for most receptions in NCAA FCS history with 136 catches in 2012, recording the 2nd-most in 2013 with 123.
  • Started 35 games during collegiate career.
  • Teammates with Patriots 2014 2nd-round pick QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Caught 19 TD passes in 2013, the most in Ohio Valley Conference history.
  • Consensus 1st-team All-American in 2012 and 2013.  
  • Finished career with 332 receptions, 4,016 receiving yards and 35 TDs in 48 appearances.
  • Helped Team USA capture a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in Canton, Ohio during the summer of 2009.
  • Majored in Kinesiology.
  • Attended Christopher Columbus HS in Miami, Fla.

Travis Partridge // Quarterback // Missouri Western // 6-4, 230

  • Scored 104 TDs, 68 passing and 36 rushing, in final 3 seasons as a full-time starter.
  • Completed 172-of-314 passes for 2,206 yards and 21 TDs as a senior in 2013.
  • Named 1st-team All-MIAA and Don Hansen Football Honorable Mention All-American after gaining 3,157 total yards and scoring 48 TDs in 2012. 
  • Led Missouri Western to their 1st outright MIAA title and 1st playoff win in program history in 2012.
  • Won 29-of-37 career games started, including 12-of-14 in 2012.
  • Threw a 99-yard TD pass at Missouri Southern (10/19/2013).
  • Finished career with 332 receptions, 4,016 receiving yards and 35 TDs in 48 appearances.
  • Played collegiately at Missouri Western, which serves as the training camp location for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Coached by his dad, Jerry, at Missouri Western and aspires to be a coach one day.
  • Majored in physical education.
  • Attended Savannah HS in St. Joseph, Mo.

Antonio Richardson // Tackle// Tennessee // 6-6, 327

  • Started 24 consecutive games at LT for the Vols including all 12 games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons and played in 36 total games at Tennessee.
  • A member of the offensive line that aided the Volunteer offense gain 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by Tennessee since 2004.
  • CBSSports.com Third Team All-American, AP All-SEC Second Team Selection.
  • Aided offense in school-record 718 yards vs. Troy (11/3/12) in which current teammate Cordarrelle Patterson amassed a team-best 219 receiving yards. Richardson and Patterson were teammates for one season.
  • Played for the 2011 U.S. Under-10 National Team in the Team USA vs. The World game.
  • Majored in communications.
  • Attended Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville, Tenn.

Tyler Scott // Defensive End // Northwestern // 6-4, 265

  • Appeared in 49 games, making 31 starts, during 4-year career.
  • Started all 12 games as a co-captain during senior year.
  • Named Team MVP and 2nd-team All-Big Ten after leading defense with 6.0 sacks and 10.0 TFLs.
  • Finished career ranked 6th in school history with 16.0 career sacks.
  • Ranked 2nd in the Big Ten with a team-best 9.0 sacks in 2012.
  • Served as a member on Northwestern’s 12-player leadership council in final 2 seasons.
  • Honored as Academic All-Big Ten as a junior and senior, including being named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2012.
  • Captain of basketball and football teams at Howland HS in Warren, Ohio.

Jake Snyder // Defensive End // Virginia // 6-4, 260

  • Started final 24 games at Virginia, and 36-of-37 games to end career.
  • Appeared in 49 games during 4 years at Virginia, notching 149 tackles, 5 sacks, 17.5 TFLs and 11 passes defensed.
  • Served as a team captain during 2013 season, finishing 4th on the team with 55 tackles.
  • Led all Virginia defensive linemen in tackles in 2012 (44) and 2013 (55).
  • Earned ACC All-Academic honors in 2012 and 2013.
  • Earned a degree in Environmental Studies in 2013 and worked towards a master’s degree in educational psychology.
  • Coached by Evan Marcus, who served as Virginia’s Director of Football Training and Player Development.
  • High school teammates with 2014 6th-round pick Antone Exum at Deep Run HS in Glen Allen, Va.

Dominique Williams // Running Back // Wagner // 5-9, 205

  • Finished with 4,435 yards, 3rd-most in school history.
  • Reached the 1,000 rushing mark in 3 seasons.
  • Rushed for 100 yards in 26-of-43 games.
  • Helped Wagner to a win over Colgate in the FCS playoffs in the school’s first playoff appearance, becoming the first team from the Northeast Conference to win a playoff game in football.
  • Ranks fourth in conference history in rushing yards (4,435) and all-purpose yards (5,444)
  • The 1st player in school history to serve as a team captain for 3 seasons.
  • Sat out the 2010 season with a knee injury.
  • Earned degree in sociology with a concentration in family studies/social work in 2013. 
  • Spent a year after high school prepping at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) before enrolling at Wagner. 
  • Attended Bridgeton HS in Bridgeton, New Jersey.

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