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Redskins to Sign Eight Undrafted Rookies

The Redskins have agreed to terms with eight undrafted rookie free agents, the team announced on Monday.

Among the players on the list is another University of Miami Hurricane: tight end Buck Ortega. He joins second-round draft pick Roger "Rocky" McIntosh, running back Clinton Portis, wide receiver Santana Moss and safety Sean Taylor as Hurricanes on the Redskins' roster.

Also on the list is former Maryland Terrapin wide receiver Derrick Fenner, who grew up in Hampton, Va. Fenner was among the attendees at the Redskins' local college workout on April 7.

Manaia Brown, DL, Brigham Young

A 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle, Brown was a two-year starter for the Cougars. Last season, he recorded 31 tackles, with three for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. He is regarded as a strong,
wide-bodied run-stuffer.

Derrick Fenner, WR, Maryland

Fenner, who grew up in Hampton, Va., is a 6-0, 193-pound wide receiver who was a two-year starter for the Terrapins. He had 34 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns last season. He was born on Dec. 25, 1982.

Jasper Harvey, OL, San Diego State

Harvey is a 6-3, 300-pound lineman who played center for the Aztecs last season. He started every game for San Diego State after sitting out his junior year due to a suspension. He hails from New Orleans.

Spencer Havner, LB, UCLA

Havner, 6-3 and 239 pounds, started 13 games for the Bruins last year and finished with 99 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. He was a semifinalist for the Lombardi and Butkus Awards. Shoulder and knee injuries in 2004 may have played a part in him not getting drafted. Havner played outside linebacker in college, but some scouts have projected him as an inside linebacker in the pros.

Chris Hawkins, CB, Marshall

Hawkins transferred to Marshall from North Carolina. The 5-10, 183-pounder started every game last season and recorded 28 tackles (16 solo), five tackles for a loss, seven passes defended and one forced fumble. He also has experience as a kick return specialist.

David Lonie, P, California

Lonie is a 6-6, 220-pound punter who hails from Australia. He turns 27 years old on May 6. In 1996, Lonie competed in the Pan Pacific Games as a decathlete and pole vaulter, representing Australia. Last season for the Golden Bears, Lonie logged 61 punts for a 41.9-yard average.

Chijioke Onyenegecha, CB, Oklahoma

Onyenegecha, 6-1 and 215 pounds, became a full-time starter last year for the Sooners. He had 31 tackles (18 solo) last season, broke up seven passes and had one interception that he returned 63 yards for a touchdown. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

Buck Ortega, TE, Miami

Add another Miami Hurricane to the mix. Ortega is 6-4 and 227 pounds. Last season, he caught seven passes for 112 yards, with a long of 43, and played a key role on special teams. Ortega attended Gulliver Prep, the same high school as Redskins safety Sean Taylor.

The Redskins expect to invite more than 70 prospects to the team's Rookie Camp on May 5-7 at Redskins Park. (Note: the Rookie Camp is closed to the public.) These players will participate in the camp on a tryout basis only.

It's possible that more undrafted rookies will be signed to the roster before and after the camp.

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