Dielman, Brandt Sign With NFL Teams
April 28, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana defensive tackle Kris Dielman signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
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.
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