Cowboys Sign ACC Linebacker

The Dallas Cowboys have signed an undrafted free agent linebacker out of the ACC, despite other reports indicating he signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed undrafted free agent linebacker Oliver Hoyte (N.C. State), has learned.

Earlier reports of Hoyte signing with the Minnesota Vikings are erroneous.

"It is a good fit for him from a personnel standpoint," said his agent Philip Wickstrom. "And they also took a lot of time to get to know him and are certain that he will help their football team."

Full Name: Oliver Hoyte School: North Carolina State Pos: ILB

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 245 40: 5.02 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 79/8.5/1 as a senior after 93/14.5/1.5 the prior season.

Pos: Hard-working two-down defender effective stuffing the run. Fires up the field, possesses a burst of speed and wraps up tackling. Quickly locates the ball and diagnoses the action.

Neg: Marginal speed to the flanks, struggles in pass defense and does more trailing than covering. Taken off the field on obvious passing downs.

Analysis: Hard-working defender on the inside, Hoyte is an explosive tackler who can backup at middle linebacker or be used on the inside of a 34 system.

In 2004: Hard-hitting middle linebacker who was the leading tackler on the nation's top-ranked defense, even though he was able to go just nine snaps in the last two games of the season due to a knee injury ... Will move over to weakside LB during spring drills ... Nicknamed "Ollie,", he tallied 93 stops in 2004, 10 more than any other player ... Ranked second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss, the ninth-best mark in school history and the seventh-best mark in the ACC ... Led the team in tackles with 15 against ninth-ranked Ohio State and against Virginia Tech with 11 ... Also the team leader with a career-high 16 stops against third-ranked Miami ... Injured his knee just seven plays into the Florida State game, he was able to go just two snaps in the season finale against East Carolina ... Tied his career-high with 57 snaps against Miami.

In 2003: Ranked second on the team in plays per tackle with a stop every 5.4 plays ... Started 11 contests in 2003 ... In for a career-high 57 snaps in the double-overtime loss at No. 13 Florida State ... Posted four double-figure tackle outings, all on the road ... Had a dozen stops in just 43 plays at Wake Forest, 10 tackles in 37 snaps at No. 3 Ohio State, a dozen in 53 plays at Duke and 10 tackles in 57 plays at Florida State ... Fourth-leading tackler on the Wolfpack squad with 97 stops, he ranked sixth with eight tackles for loss ... Missed the start at Georgia Tech due to a knee injury, he played a season-low 21 snaps in that contest ... Earned the team's award for Top Conditioned Athlete in the middle weight division ... Earned the Defensive Big Hitter Award following 2004 spring drills.

In 2002: Saw action from scrimmage in 12 games at middle linebacker, he played special teams in the other two contests ... Tallied 11 tackles in just 23 plays from scrimmage in the win over ETSU, he also had a jaw-jarring tackle on a kickoff return ... Led the Pack in tackles versus ETSU and UMass (9) ... In for a season-high 38 stops versus UMass, he also had two tackles for loss and a sack in that contest ... Also had 10 tackles in the win at Navy, he recovered a fumble against the Midshipmen ... In for 16 snaps in the win over Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl contest, including a couple of key hits on a goalline stand that kept the Irish from scoring a single TD ... Co-Recipient of the Big Hitter Award on defense for 2003 spring drills.

Prep: Tallied 153 tackles, including 98 solo shots and five sacks as a senior for Coach Billy Turner ... Has clocked in at 4.7 in the 40-yard dash ... Rated the #62 linebacker in the nation and one of the best in Florida by ... The St. Petersburg Times' co-Player of the Year, he was also given the Coca-Cola Golden Helmet Award ... Led his Chamberlain High School team to 5-A state championship ... Earned accolades as a first-team all-state as a junior and senior and was an all-conference choice for three years ... Also named to the All-Suncoast team... Played in the Florida/Georgia All-Star game and the Hillsboro All-Star game ... Majoring in sports management ... Born 10/5/84.

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