Former Golden Gopher teammates Eric Lair and Duane Bennett were both lucky enough to sign contracts with the Green Bay Packers.
As a senior, Lair, a 6-foot-2, 238-pound tight end started three while finishing with 11 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown. He caught 38 passes as a junior.
Bennett rushed for 639 yards (3.8 average) and three touchdowns as a senior, and he returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Wisconsin. The 5-foot-9, 213-pound running back's 2,126 career rushing yards is No. 13 in school history.
Although Lair and Bennett were the only two Gophers to sign a pro contract, receiver Da'Jon McKnight, defensive linemen Brandon Kirksey, Anthony Jacobs and defensive back Kim Royston all are scheduled to participate in the Minnesota Vikings rookie camp.