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North Dakota State tight end Matt Veldman signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.
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Bison Tight End Matt Veldman Signs Free Agent Deal with Jacksonville Jaguars

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: April 28, 2012

FARGO, N.D.--Former North Dakota State University tight end Matt Veldman has signed a free agent contact with the Jacksonville Jaguars following the National Football League draft on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-7, 257-pounder from Becker, Minn. (Becker H.S.) capped off his most successful season on the field by getting a chance at professional fooball. Veldman flys out to Jacksonville next week for mini-camp.

"Now, it's real," said Veldman, who talked with half the NFL teams prior to the draft and another six-to-seven after it concluded. "It is a good spot for me. Jacksonville provided me with the best chance to be able and compete right away."

Veldman started in all 15 games during North Dakota State's run to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship and caught a career-high 26 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns last season. His career-long reception of 29-yards came in the FCS championship game against Sam Houston State.

A second-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection as a senior, Veldman had a career-high five receptions against Missouri State and made at least one reception in 13 of 15 games

Veldman earned MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week during the 2011 season after blocking a field goal attempt against Illinois State and caught the game-winning TD at Southern Illinois. He completed his career with 49 receptions for 584 yards and seven TDs in 42 games.

A semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Campbell Award, Veldman also received the Missouri Valley Football Conference's President’s Council and Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Awards. He was named to the 2011 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team.

His father, Gregg, played football for Moorhead State University from 1979-82, and was signed by a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 1983.

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