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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Four Cougars Ink Free Agent Deals With NFL Teams
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 05/01/2012
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May 1, 2012

PULLMAN, Wash. - Four former Washington State University football players each signed free agent contracts with NFL teams recently.

Offensive lineman David Gonzales signed with the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver Jared Karstetter and defensive tackle Brandon Rankin each signed with the Detroit Lions and outside linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis signed with the St. Louis Rams.

Hoffman-Ellis was a three-year letterwinner and an All-Pac-12 second team selection as a senior for the Cougs. The Los Angeles native tallied 253 total tackles and appeared in 35 games and made 33 starts including starting all 12 games in each of the past two seasons. Hoffman-Ellis was second on the team with 81 tackles as a redshirt-junior before registering a team-best 88 tackles this past season, eighth most in the Pac-12. His 64 solo tackles this season was the third most in the conference. Hoffman-Ellis finished his career with five double-digit tackle performances and four interceptions including two returned for interceptions.
Hoffman-Ellis Bio

Karstetter was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time all-conference selection for the Cougars. The Spokane, Wash. native appeared in 49 games and started the final 36 games of his career. He made his mark on the WSU record book, finishing third on WSU's all-time list for touchdown catches (19) and fourth in career receptions (166). Karstetter caught six touchdowns as a sophomore, recorded career-highs of 62 receptions and seven touchdowns as a junior and capped his career with 60 catches for 700 yards and six scores this past season. He was also named the Pac-12 Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete as a senior.
Karstetter Bio

Rankin earned a pair of varsity letters for the Cougars after playing two years at Butte Junior College where he helped them win a national championship as a sophomore. Rankin appeared in all 12 games in each of the past two seasons for the Cougs, starting eight games as a junior and earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention after starting the final nine games and recording three sacks during his senior campaign. The Shallotte, N.C. native recorded 39 total tackles including 5.5 sacks with the Cougars. As a junior, he tallied 20 tackles including 2.5 sacks before capping his WSU career with 19 tackles including five tackles-for-loss this past season.
Rankin Bio

Gonzales was a two-year letterwinner for the Cougars, starting seven games as a junior and all 12 games this past season at left tackle. The Fresno, Calif. native capped his WSU career with All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention honors.
Gonzales Bio
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