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Culbert Signs Free Agent Contract with the Cleveland Browns

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State senior all-american defensive end Kevin Culbert (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns Monday after the conclusion of the 2006 National Football League draft.

Culbert becomes the first Bobcat to sign with an NFL team since Rich Prather was picked up by the Browns in 1983.

The Browns, who are directed by second-year Head Coach Romeo Crennel, finished the 2005 season with a 6-10 record. Before joining the Browns, Crennel helped lead the New England Patriots to Super Bowl victories in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Culbert’s 2005 list of awards and honors:
- ACFC Defensive Player of the Year
- Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-South Region Defensive Lineman of the Year
- Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-American first team
- Don Hansen’s Football Gazette All-South Region first team
- All-American second team
- All-South Region first team
- ECAC All-Southwest Region first team
- Played in East Coast Bowl (Nov. 26 in Petersburg, Virginia)
- Played in Aztec Bowl (Dec. 17 in Toluca, Mexico)

Culbert finished the season ranked first in the nation in tackles for loss per game (3.0), sacks per game (1.5), total sacks (17.0) and tackles for loss (33.0). He also ranked 61st with 5.6 solo tackles per game. His 4.5 total sacks in an FSU win over Seton Hill (11/22), is the third highest single-game performance in NCAA Division III this season.

Other Bobcats in the NFL include, Bill Ridge (Seattle Seahawks), Bob Maddox (Cincinnati Bengals/Kansas City Chiefs) and Mike Rowe (Baltimore Colts). Maddox holds the distinction of being the only player in FSU history to be drafted into the league, when the Bengals selected him in 1972.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780