Arizona Cardinals agree to terms on contracts with 15 rookie free agents

PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on contracts with 15 rookie free agents, the organization announced Monday.

Below is a list of the players, as well as a bit of their sports background.

Northern Arizona RB ZACH BAUMAN

Illinois LB JONATHAN BROWN

Penn State LB GLENN CARSON

Clemson K CHANDLER CATANZARO

UNLV RB TIM CORNETT

Purdue DT BRUCE GASTON

Baylor T KELVIN PALMER

Samford WR KELSEY POPE

Miami DT JUSTIN RENFROW

UCLA CB BRANDON SERMONS

Washington WR KEVIN SMITH

Alabama G/C ANTHONY STEEN

Newberry WR COREY WASHINGTON

SE Louisiana CB TODD WASHINGTON

Albany T KADEEM WILLIAMS

Northern Arizona University running back Zach Bauman is a Chandler native who left NAU as one of the best players in school history. He set records for rushing yards, all-purpose yards and touchdowns. He’s a graduate of Hamilton High School in Chandler where he helped his team win back-to-back state titles in his final two years.

Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown played in 45 games over four seasons where he posted 317 tackles, 14 sacks and 45.5 tackles for loss. He set career highs his senior season and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and the team’s Outstanding Defensive Player award.

Linebacker Glenn Carson comes from Penn State after playing in 50 consecutive games over four seasons. He started 36 straight games and led the team with a career-high 90 tackles. Carson is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection. He began his career as a fullback before switching to linebacker as a freshman.

Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro began his career as a walk-on and went on to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. He made 67-of-82 field goal attempts (81.7 percent) and 203-of-207 extra points in 53 games with the Tigers. Catanzaro is a three-time All-ACC selection.

Tim Cornett is a running back from UNLV and became the first player in school history to lead his team in rushing all four seasons including as a senior when he set career-highs. He also scored 15 touchdowns in his final year.

Defensive tackle Bruce Gaston form Purdue set career highs with 48 tackles and three sacks while playing in all 12 games as a senior in 2013. The Chicago native led the Boilermakers with his three sacks and seven tackles for loss last season. Gaston played in 50 games while at Purdue with 44 starts and finished his collegiate career with 131 tackles. 

Kelvin Palmer, a tackle out of Baylor played in 45 career games, helping the team to four straight bowl games for the first time in school history. He also earned the program’s first Big 12 Championship and BCS Bowl berth in 2013. During his time at Baylor, he saw action on special teams and spent one season on the defensive line before starting as a senior.

Wide receiver Kelsey Pope from Samford played in 45 games and totaled a school record 250 receptions for 2,385 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a senior, Pope lead the Bulldogs with 68 receptions for 789 receiving yards while scoring three touchdowns. He earned first team all-conference honors from both the Southern Conference’s head coaches and the media.

Justin Renfrow comes to the Cardinals from Miami. The defensive tackle played his final collegiate season with the Hurricanes as a graduate student after playing his first three seasons at the University of Virginia. Renfrow set career highs with 36 tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defensed while playing in 13 games. At Virginia, he played in 22 games and had 18 tackles.

Cornerback Brandon Sermons out of UCLA played in 42 games and totaled 46 tackles in his career with the Bruins. Sermons appeared in 12 games and made his first four career starts as a senior in 2013. He played as a true freshman in 2009 before using his redshirt year in 2010 after suffering a leg injury during the spring.

Wide receiving Kevin Smith out of Washington comes to the Cardinals after finishing last season with a career-high 50 receptions for 765 yards and four touchdowns while starting in all 13 games. Smith finished his college career with 72 receptions for 1,059 yards and four touchdowns and also had 62 kick returns for 1,445 yards in 47 games.

Anthony Steen saw 51 games and made 36 starts at right guard in four seasons at Alabama. After redshirting during the 2009 national title season, he helped the Crimson Tide win back-to-back BCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012.  As a junior, Steen started in 14 games at guard and joins the other four starting offensive linemen from that year’s national championship in the NFL. Steen started 11 of the first 12 games of the season before missing the Sugar Bowl with a shoulder injury.

Wide receiver Corey Washington totaled 95 receptions for 1,615 yards and 22 touchdowns in just two seasons at Division II Newberry College. He began his collegiate career spending two years at Georgia Military College where he caught 51 passes for 781 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2010-11.

Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Todd Washington played in 27 games during his three seasons at the school. From 2011-13

he totaled 57 tackles and two interceptions for the Lions. Washington had his best season in 2012 when he recorded 27 tackles and earned honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors.

Albany tackle Kadeem Williams appeared in 45 games as a three-year starter. A two-time first-time All-Northeast Conference selection as well as a 2012 College Sports Madness second-team All-America honoree, Williams started all 12 games at tackle in 2013 and was named second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association in the Great Danes first year in the CAA.

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