April 28, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana defensive tackle Kris Dielman signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
A team captain and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2002, Dielman made the move to defensive tackle, recording a team-best five sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Facing constant double-teams all year long, Dielman finished the season with 55 tackles, 34 of which were solo en route to earning Indiana team MVP honors as voted by his teammates. Dielman batted down three passes and recovered two fumbles as a senior.
"We are extremely excited to get Kris," said Jimmy Raye, Chargers Director of College Scouting. "He is a guy that fits what we like to do up front. He is an inside presence and in our opinion, is very similar to John Parrella. We want guys like Kris up front."
A converted tight end, Dielman was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the conference's coaches in 2001. He had 14 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns as a senior.
In San Diego, Dielman will be reunited with former Indiana head coach Cam Cameron, who serves as the Chargers' offensive coordinator. Cameron recruited Dielman to IU.
Dielman saw a bit of action on the defensive line as a sophomore, making seven tackles, one of which was for a loss. The Troy, Ohio native also caught seven passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns from the tight end position as a sophomore.
A high school linebacker, Dielman made 120 tackles, including seven sacks and and 18 tackles for loss. A second-team All-State honoree by the Ohio Football Report, Dielman also played basketball at Troy HS, Dielman averaged 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Also signing a free-agent deal Sunday was offensive lineman Bobby Brandt. Brandt was picked up by the New York Jets.
Brandt was the starting right tackle in nine of Indiana's 11 games in 2002 and was on the field for a total of 673 snaps.
The 6-8, 322-pound Brandt started his career at tight end, catching five passes for 78 yards and one touchdown as a junior in 2000. He made the permanent move to offensive tackle in 2001, earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten recognition by both the league's coaches and the league's media. Brandt was a key cog in an offensive line that paved the way for the Big Ten's top rushing attack in 2001 as well as its third-best total offense that same year.
One of the great stories of perseverance, Brandt overcame knee surgery his freshman year, ankle surgery his sophomore year, and a revolutionary and dangerous back surgery that kept him out of the spring camp just before his senior year. Following his senior season, Brandt was presented the Al Barsch Award, given to the Indiana player who has hung tough and fought through adversity.
Brandt will join former Hoosier Dan Stryzinksi on the Jets roster.