Ryan Yurachek, who starred at Carolina Forest High before playing at Marshall University, has signed an NFL rookie free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Yurachek was a tight end at Marshall, and signed Monday as a fullback after going undrafted and trying out with New Orleans during rookie minicamp this past weekend.
The 6-foot-3 Yurachek was a three-year starter for the Thundering Herd and finished his four-year career with 143 catches for 1,354 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also had three carries for 40 yards.
In 2017, Yurachek was a team captain and had career highs with 54 catches for 490 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also the recipient of Marshall’s Chad Pennington Leadership Award.
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Yurachek, the son of former Coastal Carolina and current Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek, is the second fullback on the Saints' 90-man roster, along with veteran Zach Line.
The Saints went won the NFC South in 2017 with an 11-5 record, defeated the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the playoffs and lost in the second round to the Minnesota Vikings on a miraculous 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired.