One played on the gridiron at Kessler Field and the other spent his time on the pitch at the Great Lawn. Yesterday, former Monmouth student-athletes Chris Hogan and Bryan Meredith both signed professional contracts.
The NFL’s New York Giants inked former Monmouth wide receiver/defensive back Chris Hogan to their practice squad late on Monday. Hogan, who spent his 2010 season playing football for Kevin Callahan following a lacrosse career at Penn State, originally signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers out of college as an undrafted free agent before being released.
Hogan played both ways during his lone season at Monmouth, seeing time at both receiver and defensive back. He made 12 receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns on offense. On the other side of the ball, he totaled 28 tackles, three interceptions, and three pass breakups. He will be one of two former Hawks currently attached to a NFL franchise. Former all-NEC receiver Miles Austin is in his sixth season on the Dallas Cowboys’ active 53-man roster.
As WFAN Giants beat reporter Paul Dottino, who doubles as NEC-TV personality, was spreading the news on Hogan, Seattle Times writer Joshua Mayers was blogging about Bryan Meredith’s signing with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.
The Sounders selected Meredith, an all-NEC first team keeper in 2010, during the Second Round (29th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. After spending the preseason with Seattle and narrowly missing out on a roster spot, Meredith started in net for the USL Premier Development League champion Kitsap Pumas until receiving the call from Seattle FC.
Monmouth’s former captain led the NEC in goals against average (0.70), save percentage (.842) and shutouts (11) in 2010. Meredith, who was named the 2010 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player in helping the Hawks advance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, ended his stellar collegiate career with 36 shutouts and a 44-7-10 record.
Meredith’s all-NEC teammate Ryan Kinne was also taken in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, going to the New England Revolution with the 42 pick overall.
Read more on the signings…
New York Giants Sign MU’s Chris Hogan – Monmouth Athletics Press Release
Bryan Meredith Signs with Seattle Sounds FC – Monmouth Athletics Press Release
Sounders FC signs goalkeeper Bryan Meredith – Seattle Times Sounders FC Blog
Sounders sign goalkeeper Meredith – Seattle Sounders FC Press Release
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