April 19, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State cornerback Dee Moronkola was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaquars, while Cougar teammates Gary Holmes, Love Jefferson, Jonathan Nance and Rob Rainville each agreed to sign free agent NFL contracts Sunday.
Moronkola, from Richmond, Calif., was the 36th pick in the seventh round by Jacksonville. The standout cornerback and kick return specialist finished fourth in WSU career kickoff yardage at 1,005 and tied a school record with two career kickoff touchdowns. An All-Pac-10 second team selection as a senior, Moronkola tied for the team lead with nine deflections. In 1998, he returned 16 kickoffs 504 yards to rank second nationally with a 31.5 return average. Moronkola was also selected to play in the Hula Bowl and the Blue-Gray Classic.
Defensive linemen Holmes and Nance both agreed to sign free agent contracts with the Seattle Seahawks. Holmes, a defensive tackle from Lacey, Wash. was named to Bob Griese's pre-season All-American first team in 1998 and participated in the Senior Bowl. A co-captain his senior season, Holmes saw limited action due to injury and illness. He finished his Cougar career with 98 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks and two interceptions for a loss of 55 yards.
Nance, a defensive end from Miami, Fla., finished the 1998 season with 29 tackles, 21 of them unassisted, and led the team with five forced fumbles and four fumbles recovered. Nance tied for the team lead with four sacks for a loss of 22 yards and nine tackles-for-loss. He was selected to play in the inaugural All-Star Gridiron Classic.
Tight end Jefferson, from Garden Grove, Calif., agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears. Jefferson was the Cougars' number three receiver in both number of receptions and yardage in 1999 with 19 catches for 340 yards. Jefferson totaled 35 career receptions for 526 yards, scored two touchdowns and averaged 15.0 yards per carry. He was also selected to play in the Hula Bowl and the Blue-Gray Classic.
Rounding out the list of free agent picks is offensive lineman Rob Rainville, who agreed to sign with the Oakland Raiders. A native of Lewiston, Idaho, Rainville finished his WSU career playing in 34 straight games and making 25 career starts. An All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention selection and Cougar co-captain as a senior, Rainville was selected to play in the Hula Bowl.