Brain Sump joined the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of the Colorado School of Mines. The feisty wide receiver may actually have a shot to make the team as a kickoff returner, and it could be a better shot than most think.

As a senior, Brian Sump tallied 46 catches for 849 yards and seven scores. His junior numbers include 59 receptions for 1,175 yards and 12 touchdowns earning him Division II All America honors.

An award-winning musician at the Denver School of the Arts and then an engineering student at Colorado School of Mines Brian Sump ended his career as an Oredigger with 39 games played and school-records for receptions (146), receiving yards (2,464) and receiving touchdowns (24) set during his tenure.

Sump, 5-11, 185 pounds, also posted school-records in kickoff returns (81), kickoff return yards (2,384), touchdowns off kick returns (5), punt returns (47), punt return yards (717) and all-purpose yards (5,529).

In all, Sump claims 21 game, season and career records at Mines.

"I am very excited to be part of the Charger Organization and feel it is a perfect fit for me," Sump said. "They have a quality group of players and a number of outstanding mentors who I can look up to as I become adapted to life in the NFL. I also maintained a great relationship with receivers coach James Lofton throughout the entire process and feel the organization is dedicated to succeeding with a lot of hard-work."

"I feel that San Diego is a perfect fit for him because their scouts were saying how much they were looking for a return guy," said Colorado Mines Head Coach Bob Stitt.

San Diego was one of several teams to show interest in Sump before the Draft. Kansas City and St. Louis were also in on the mix.

Ironically enough the Chargers hope to unearth a hidden gem in Sump, something Sump knows all to well coming from a school that specializes in finding the mother lode.

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