Andre McCullouch is getting his opportunity to play in the National Football League.
After an emotional roller-coaster this past weekend, McCullouch signed a deal with the Washington Redskins.
The three-time NAIA All-American wide receiver from Rocky Mountain College will put his pass-catching skills on display during a team mini-camp, May 13-15.
“I’m happy to get invited to go to camp,” said the 6-foot, 202-pound McCullouch during a phone interview from his home in Riverside, Calif. “I’m happy to get a chance to show what I can do.”
McCullouch and his agent, Josh Arnold of Las Vegas, came to a free-agent agreement with the Washington Redskins early Saturday evening and talked with team officials about travel arrangements. Thirty minutes later, the deal was put on hold.
“We got it done Sunday,” McCullouch said. “Nothing is for sure. We’ve still got work to do. I’ve got to make this happen.”
He is one of three players from the Frontier Conference to receive free-agent contracts, joining offensive lineman Josh James of Carroll College and Eastern Oregon running back/receiver Jace Billingsley. James was signed by the Green Bay Packers and Billingsley with the Detroit Lions.
McCullouch will try to become only the second player from Rocky to play in the NFL, joining receiver Chris Horn who played for the Kansas City Chiefs (2003-05).
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McCullouch caught 73 passes for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall for the Battlin’ Bears. He ranked among the NAIA top 10 for receptions, yards per game, total receiving yards and receiving yards per game.
McCullouch, who started his collegiate athletic career as a sprinter with the Fresno State track and field program, finished his career with 291 catches, 4,242 yards and 43 touchdowns.
Representatives from almost every NFL team came to Billings to visit with McCullouch last fall. Following the season, he worked out to seven days a week, sometimes twice a day. “I was just trying to stay explosive,” he said.
McCullouch impressed scouts with his athleticism during the University of Montana Pro Day this spring.
McCullouch said he spoke with seven NFL teams prior to the draft but not the Redskins.
“I didn’t have anything to do with that stuff,” he said of the free-agent negotiations. “My agent made it all happen.”
Washington’s top draft pick last week was receiver Josh Doctson of TCU. He was the only receiver drafted by the team. Washington also released receiver LaRon Byrd on Monday.