Smith and Brown Sign with Oakland Raiders

MOUNT PLEASANT - Former Central Michigan University quarterback Kent Smith of Toledo (Ohio) Start High School and tight end Jacob Brown of Bridgeport (Mich.) High School have signed free agent deals with the Oakland Raiders.

The pair will report to Oakland on Thursday for a three-day mini-camp that begins on Friday.

Kent Smith, a two-year starter under center at Central Michigan, holds or shares eight school records for passing or total offense. He completed a school-record 255 passes for 2,799 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 433 yards and seven scores in 2005.

Smith threw for at least 300 yards four times last season, including a school-record 460 yards on 46-of-70 passing at Western Michigan on Nov. 12. Just the third Chippewa signal-caller to post consecutive 2,000-yard passing seasons, Smith is the only player in CMU history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a single game. He completed 26-of-36 passes for 356 yards and ran for 122 yards in a 38-37 win at Miami on Sept. 10.

For his career, Smith ranks second at CMU in total offense (6,079 yards), fourth in passing yards (5,179) completions (453) and attempts (785) and tied for fourth in touchdown passes (33).

A four-year letterman, Jacob Brown had a breakout year after moving to tight end prior to the 2005 season. As a senior, he established career highs with 33 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns. In his final collegiate game, he caught four passes for 108 yards and two scores. He finished his career with 51 catches for 654 yards and four scores.

This marks the second consecutive year that CMU has sent at least two players into the professional ranks. Offensive linemen Eric Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft were drafted in fourth and fifth round, respectively, by the Cincinnati Bengals last year, while Tory Humphrey spent the 2005 season with the Green Bay Packers and is currently playing for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe.

Five former Chippewas were active in the NFL at the conclusion of the 2005 season, including Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and Detroit center Brock Gutierrez.

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