ZACK NASH, CHASE DEADDER SIGN NFL CONTRACTS
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Sacramento State football players Zack Nash and Chase Deadder both signed undrafted free agent contracts, it was announced today. Nash will continue his career with the Arizona Cardinals while Deadder inked a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
As a senior, Nash earned All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and Walter Camp. He was also a first team all-Big Sky Conference selection and was named the team's MVP. He led the team with 15.0 tackles-for-loss, including 10.5 sacks. Nash also had forced three fumbles, broke up a pair of passes and blocked a kick.
For his career, Nash tallied 170 total tackles with 40.5 for loss and a school record 29.5 sacks.
Deadder was limited to just six games in 2012 do to an ankle injury but was a threat when on the field. In the team's win at Oregon State, he caught six passes for 61 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He also had touchdown grabs at Weber State and in the victory against Montana.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pounder dazzled scouts during the team's pro day, running 4.49 in the 40-yard dash and bench pressing 225 pounds 21 times. Along with being a deep threat, Deadder established himself as an elite special teams player in 2010 as a gunner on the team's punt coverage team.
The pair join two other Hornets currently on NFL rosters. Long snapper Lonie Paxton is entering his 13th season in the league. Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason after spending parts of 2011 with the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins as well as the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.
The last time two Hornets signed NFL deals in the same season came in April of 2004 when Marko Cavka was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round and Chris Frank signed a free agent contract with the Titans.