Parts of this release courtesy of the Sports Information Departments of Ashland University, Grand Valley State University, Hillsdale College, and Wayne State University.
Bay City, Mich. -- Five former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) student-athletes have signed undrafted free agent contracts with National Football League (NFL) teams in the past week. Ashland University product Joe Horn signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Former Grand Valley State Laker Cameron Bradfield is now a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Andre Holmes from Hillsdale signed with Minnesota Vikings, while his college teammate Troy Weatherhead will be in training camp with the Cleveland Browns. Daunte Akra formerly of Wayne State University has signed with the Detroit Lions.
In 2010, Horn (Waynesfield, Ohio/Goshen) caught a team-high 49 passes for 878 yards (17.9 ypc.) and 12 touchdowns in 2010. He is AU’s career leader in receiving touchdowns (28) and receiving yards (2,681). Horn is second in career receptions (170) at Ashland. He is a three-time GLIAC second team selection. In the final game of his career, against Lake Erie (Nov. 13, 2010), Horn tied the school single-game record for touchdowns (six). Horn caught four touchdown passes, scored on a 16-yard run and returned a kickoff 93 yards for a score. At AU, Horn also excelled in track and field. He earned All-America plaudits in that sport. Horn was named an All-America in the 4X100 and 4X400. During his career he was recognized as the GLIAC track athlete of the year indoors and outdoors. Horn was also honored as the Midwest Region track athlete of the year.
Bradfield (Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston) anchored an offensive line that yielded just eight quarterback sacks in 11 regular season games in 2010. In addition, he was a key contributor to an offense that led the GLIAC in total offense (453.5 ypg.) and was the only offense in the country to average more than 223.5 yards per game passing and 230.0 yards per game rushing. GVSU also led the GLIAC in scoring (38.9 ppg) in 2010. Bradfield was part of a GVSU senior class that finished 47-6 with four GLIAC titles. He was named American Football Coaches Association First Team All-American, Daktronics, Inc. First Team All-American, D2Football.com First Team All-American, Football Gazette First Team All-American, Associated Press First Team All-American, GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, and First Team All-GLIAC at the end of the 2010 season.
Holmes (Elk Grove, Ill./James B. Conant) wrapped up his career as the most prolific pass-catcher in the 120-year history of Hillsdale College football. He holds the school all-time records for receptions in a career (219) and receiving yards in a career (3,092). He also broke single-season school records for receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,368) in 2010. In his final collegiate game at St. Cloud State, Holmes caught 16 passes for 208 yards and two scores. Ironically, Holmes will report to Vikings’ camp on the same field where one of his greatest victories took place, at Minnesota State-Mankato. On that field, the Chargers defeated the Mavericks 27-24 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division II playoffs, Hillsdale’s first-ever Division II playoff victory. He was named First-Team All-GLIAC twice and Second-Team All-Region once. Holmes was named honorable mention All-America by D2football.com following the 2010 season
Weatherhead (Grand Rapids, Mich./Comstock Park) finished his career as Hillsdale College’s all-time leader in passing yards (9,544), completions (812), and touchdown passes (67). He was named the 2010 GLIAC Player of the Year, and set the NCAA all-division record for pass completion percentage in a season (.769). He set the school and conference record for pass completion percentage in a single game back on October 9, when he went 26-for-28 (.929) in a 35-10 win at Ohio Dominican. Weatherhead was named honorable mention All-America by D2football.com following the 2010 season. Weatherhead owns three of the top four single-season passing yards marks in school history, and has the top three spots in single-season completions in school history. His pass-efficiency rating of 171.6 led all of NCAA Division II in 2010. Weatherhead and Nicolet represent two of the past four GLIAC Players of the Year.
Akra (Detroit, Mich./Kettering), who was a 2010 Honorable Mention All-America team selection by D2Football.com, was a three-time recipient of the WSU defensive player of the week award last fall. He led all WSU defensive linemen with 46 tackles a year ago and had team-high totals in tackles for loss (12.5), sacks (8.5), quarterback hurries (4), forced fumbles (4) and blocked kicks (2). Akra finished second in the GLIAC in sacks, tied-for-fifth in tackles for loss and tied-for-first in fumbles forced. The All-GLIAC First Team selection was on the practice squad of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes before joining the Lions