Mastrud Signs with Tampa Bay

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State tight end Jeron Mastrud has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the organization has announced.

Mastrud, a 6-6, 253-pounder, appeared in 48 of a possible 49 games during his Wildcat career, while he started a team-best 26 straight games to conclude his tenure at K-State.

Mastrud caught 106 passes for 1,219 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career. His 106 receptions are tied for the 10th-most in K-State history, but tops among tight ends, while his 1,219 receiving yards rank second among tight ends in the school's history. He also caught at least one pass in 26 straight games, the second-longest streak since 1990.

The Beaverton, Ore., native was also a standout in the classroom for a program that has led the Big 12 in graduation rate for each of the last three years. He earned second team Academic All-American honors in 2008 and 2009, becoming one of only 10 players nationally in 2009 to earn Academic All-America honors in consecutive seasons.

Mastrud is also a three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 and All-District honoree and was the recipient of the 2009 ARA Sportsmanship Award.

He joins defensive back Joshua Moore as Wildcats who have currently joined NFL franchises. Moore was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Chicago to run K-State's streak of having at least one player drafted to 17 consecutive years, a figure that ranks third-best among Big 12 schools.