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Charlottesville, VA Four seniors from Virginia’s 2007 football team have signed free agent contracts with teams from the National Football League and will be attending rookie mini camps as soon as this weekend. Those players are offensive guard Ian-Yates Cunningham (Plano, Texas), linebacker Jermaine Dias (Hackensack, N.J.), safety Nate Lyles (Chicago, Ill.) and tight end Jonathan Stupar (State College, Pa.).

Cunningham signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dias with the Cleveland Browns, Lyles with the New York Jets and Stupar with the New England Patriots. In addition, kicker/punter Chris Gould (Lock Haven, Pa.) will try out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend at that squad’s rookie mini-camp.

The Cavaliers had three players selected Saturday and Sunday during the NFL Draft. Defensive end Chris Long was the second pick overall, going to the St. Louis Rams. Offensive guard Branden Albert was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs as the 15th pick in the first round and tight end Tom Santi went to the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round as the 196th selection.

Cunningham started 31 times at Virginia, including 25 times as a junior and senior. He was invited to play for the East Team at the 2008 Hula Bowl. Dias started 23 times as a junior and senior and finished his career with 134 tackles, including 54 as a senior. Lyles was a three-year starter who finished with 160 tackles and four interceptions. He had 68 tackles as a senior. Stupar had 40 receptions as a senior, the second highest total among ACC tight ends. He finished his career with 80 catches, the fifth best career mark among UVa tight ends. Gould kicked 27 field goals during his career, the sixth best mark in Virginia history. He tied the school record with five field goals against North Carolina in 2007.

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