May 10, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Head coach Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern Football fans everywhere spent Saturday evening congratulating four former Wildcats who achieved their dreams of signing NFL contracts following the 2014 NFL Draft.
Two members of the senior class of 2013 are headed to the same professional destination. All-Big Ten defensive end Tyler Scott (Warren, Ohio/Howland) and dynamic quarterback-turned-wide receiver Kain Colter (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek) each inked deals with the Minnesota Vikings, thereby joining another former Wildcat now plying his trade in Minneapolis -- defensive end Corey Wootton, who was a senior in the Northwestern defensive line room during Scott's true freshman season of 2009.
Two-time Big Ten Kicker of the Year and the most accurate kicker in Northwestern history Jeff Budzien (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) also signed on with an NFL squad that already features an NU Football alum. Budzien is headed to the training camp of the Jacksonville Jaguars -- alongside former Wildcats receiving standout Jeremy Ebert -- the same team that plays its home games in the stadium (EverBank Field) where Budzien kicked Northwestern to its landmark victory in the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
During his outstanding NU tenure, Budzien set Northwestern career records for points scored (280), field goal percentage (.872) and extra point percentage (100.0) and finished second in career field goals made (48).
Finally, wide receiver Rashad Lawrence earned an opportunity with the Washington Redskins following his career as a three-year starter for the Wildcats. The 2013 co-captain caught 96 passes for 1,165 yards in his NU tenure, including a career-best 149 on eight receptions against Ohio State last fall.
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