Jaguars Official Release
PHILADELPHIA - Senior linebacker Erik Rask will be on his way to Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend with an opportunity to make an NFL roster. The former University of Pennsylvania football standout was invited to the Jaguars rookie mini-camp.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars announced the 27 free agent signees that were invited to the team's upcoming mini-camp this weekend. Rask was among the 20 rookies invited, while former Harvard opponent, Collin Zych, will be one of the seven veterans competing for a roster spot.
Rask is the 17th player in the Bagnoli era to sign an NFL contract and the first since linebacker and long snapper, Jake Lewko, did so with the Tennessee Titans in 2010.
Rask, who was one of two finalists for the 2011 Asa S. Bushnell Cup Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Award, played in all 30 games for Penn in the last three seasons. He was honorable mention All-Ivy as a sophomore and was a first-team selection in each of his final two seasons, including a unanimous first-team honoree as a senior.
After leading the team in tackles with 65 as a junior, Rask finished with 83 stops in 2011 - the most at Penn since 2006 when Joe Anastasio had 102. A team captain in 2011, Rask also had 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as a senior. The Newport Beach, Calif., native finished his career with 190 tackles and scored his first collegiate touchdown in his final game when he tipped a pass high into the air, corralled it, broke a tackle and and ran 30 yards for the score.
Rask and the 2011 Penn seniors finished their careers with a 28-12 record overall, including a 23-5 mark against the Ivy League. They won two Ivy League titles, were just the third team to ever put together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons, and won 18 consecutive Ivy League games - the second-longest streak in league history.