Ravens sign five rookies, cut four rookies
OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens signed five undrafted rookies following a successful minicamp tryout.
That includes tight end Matt Balasavage (Temple), linebacker Nigel Carr (Alabama State), tight end Bruce Figgins (Georgia), cornerback Jordan Mabin (Northwestern) and quarterback Chester Stewart (Temple).
In order to create spots for the new additions, the Ravens cut four rookie free agents: fullback Jamison Berryhill (Texas), cornerback Charles Brown (North Carolina), linebacker Eltoro Freeman (Auburn) and tight end Nick Provo (Syracuse).
Ogden named to College Football Hall of Fame
Retired Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden has been selected for induction to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Ogden was a consensus All-American at UCLA who was selected by the Ravens fourth overall in 1996 with the first draft pick in franchise history.
The induction ceremony is in September.
At UCLA, Ogden won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman as he started all four years for the Bruins. He's already in the UCLA Hall of Fame.
A nine-time All-Pro, Ogden is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year and is regarded as a likely candidate for first-ballot consideration.
With the Ravens, the 6-foot-9, 340-pound Ogden was named to 11 Pro Bowls. He was named to the Ravens' Ring of Honor four years ago.
Ogden joins 13 others former standouts in the College Hall of Fame, including Cal quarterback Steve Bartkowski, BYU quarterback Ty Detmer, Rice quarterback Tommy Kramer, LSU running back Charles Alexander, Purdue running back Otis Armstrong, Syracuse wide receiver Art Monk, USC tight end Hal Bedsole, Notre Dame tight end Dave Casper, Colorado guard John Wooten, Kansas State linebacker Mark Simoneau, Texas Tech defensive end Gabe Rivera, defensive back Greg Myers (Colorado State) and Scott Thomas (Air Force) as well as coaches Phillip Fulmer, Jimmy Johnson and R.C. Slocum.
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