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April 28, 2013

NFL: Hauptman, Cheeseborough sign as UDFA

Two additional former FIU football players have signed as undrafted free agents and will join the NFL. OL Caylin Hauptman signed with the Cleveland Browns and DB Jose Cheeseborough signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Below are each players Bio's.

Caylin Hauptman


Tough lineman with a thick overall build. Solid pass pro set, has good bend and lateral agility, and can widen and anchor to stay out of the quarterback's way. Uses powerful arms to control ends trying to bull him off the edge, can reset quickly if his man tries to move him up top. Possesses foot quickness to reach linebackers, block down on five-techs and bounce out to cut off rushing linebackers. Will extend his arms and keep his feet moving to sustain blocks through the whistle to prevent backside pursuit or seal the end of the line.


The junior college transfer chose FIU over more-recognized programs to make his mark, and the 2011 second-team All-Sun Belt pick has certainly accomplished that. The strength and agility he's shown as a blind-side starter for the Panthers gives him a chance to make it at the next level.

Jose Cheeseborough

2012 (Redshirt Senior): Earned All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention in 2012…received first-team preseason All-Sun Belt Conference honors from Athlon's and Blue Ribbon, while Phil Steele placed him on the third team...has started every game at FIU since the 2010 season, 38 straight games…tied for the second-most career starts at cornerback at FIU…in 2012, has 54 tackles, one interception, five pass break-ups, one quarterback hurry and a recovered fumble…serves as one the team captains for 2012.

2011 (Redshirt Junior): Started all 13 games...totaled 59 tackles, three tackles for loss for 31 yards, two sacks for 25 yards and three passes broken up...tackle total, which was fifth on the team, was good for 43rd in the Sun Belt...helped the defensive secondary become of the nation's top units, resulting in the No. 13 pass efficiency defense, No. 14 scoring defense, No. 22 in red zone efficiency defense and No. 30 total defense...had a season-high eight tackles vs. Troy (10/25)...recorded seven tackles three times: vs. UCF (9/17), at ULM (11/19) and at Middle Tennessee (11/26)…had sacks in consecutive games at Arkansas State (10/18) and vs. Troy (10/25).

2010 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started all 13 games...was one of the six players on the team to have started every game...recorded 49 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and one forced fumble…recovered a fumble and returned it four yards in the season opener against Rutgers (9/11)…had four tackles against Texas A&M (9/18)…made three stops, two of them unassisted, at Maryland (9/25)…recorded four tackles, three unassisted at Pittsburgh (10/2)…had a season-best eight tackles in FIU's win over WKU (10/9)…credited with three stops at North Texas (10/16)…made seven tackles, including half a stop for loss, at FAU (10/30)…had five tackles, all unassisted against ULM (11/6)…made a season-best seven unassisted tackles in FIU's victory at Troy (11/13)…made two tackles, including one sack, at Louisiana (11/20)…had one tackle against Arkansas State (11/27)…made two stops in the regular season finale against Middle Tennessee (12/4)…recorded three tackles in FIU's victory over Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (12/26).

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