Illini Gridders Sign Free Agent Contracts

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois football players Jason Davis and Steve Weatherford signed free agent deals to join the professional ranks today. Davis will head to Philadelphia, while Weatherford lands with the New Orleans Saints.

Weatherford wrapped up four years as the starting punter for the Illini this season, finishing his career as the school's record holder for punting average as well as single-season average leader. This season, he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, after first-team in 2004. Weatherford joins former Illinois assistant coach Greg McMahon in the Crescent City.

Davis, a two-year starter at fullback, rushed for 361 yards and recorded 644 receiving yards in his career, while scoring six touchdowns. He joins former Illini standout wide receiver, Greg Lewis.

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