Broncos sign defensive end George Gause

The Denver Broncos have signed rookie defensive end George Gause and assigned him to their 2005 practice squad, head coach Mike Shanahan announced today.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed defensive end George Gause to their practice squad, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.

Gause (6-5, 275 pounds) is a rookie who was out of football after Buffalo waived him in its final roster cutdown on Sept. 3. He signed with the Bills on April 29 as an undrafted free agent from the University of South Carolina.

Gause was a three-year starter at South Carolina, totaling 156 tackles (106 solo), 15 sacks (77 yds.) and seven pass breakups in 43 career games (31 starts). The 23-year-old also recorded six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for the Gamecocks.

Gause started every game as a senior in 2004 and posted 40 tackles (34 solo) while adding five sacks for the second consecutive season. He was named to the Knoxville News Sentinel's All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team as a true freshman in 2001 and started for South Carolina in its Outback Bowl appearance that season.

At Conway High School in Conway, S.C., Gause was rated the No. 11 defensive end prospect in the country by He was born June 20, 1982.

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