Two More Longhorns Sign NFL Deals

Two more Longhorns found their initial NFL homes when Kyle Hix and Greg Smith signed contracts on Thursday.

Hix inked a free agent contract with the New England Patriots, while Smith signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Hix played in a whopping 51 career games, including 39 career starts at the tackle positions for the Longhorns. In his three years as a starter, Texas averaged 427.5 yards and 35.5 points per game.

"Kyle Hix is young as a player for his age because he did not redshirt," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "He came in and played immediately and a lot of times for an offensive lineman you'd rather see them redshirt. He's 6-7.  He's got the long arms. He's got the great reach, and we feel like that's what the NFL guys are looking for. Big body guys that can come off the ball and have the long arm span so that they can keep guys in pass rush off of their body."

Smith spent time at tight end and along the offensive line during his career, including time at snapper. He too played in 51 games, including 15 starts, and he caught 17 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He caught nine passes for 60 yards a year ago, but also put up some strong workout numbers that led to increased NFL interest.

"Greg Smith is the ultimate unselfish player," Brown said. "He came in as a wide receiver/flex tight end. He moved to center/guard because we had a need at that position. Then he moved back out to tight end so he gained his weight to 290 (pounds). He lost back down to 240-250 and played really well for us. Then he became the outstanding player in the Shrine Bowl. So we feel like that because he can snap and because of his versatility as an offensive player, he would be a really good guy for a team (to have)."

Those signings up the number of Longhorns finding employment this week to six. Earlier this week, Michael Huey and John Gold signed free agent deals with the Seattle Seahawks, while James Kirkendoll signed with the Tennessee Titans and John Chiles signed with the New Orleans Saints.

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