Vikings Sign 14 Rookie Free Agents

Posted Jul 27, 2011

The Vikings have signed 14 rookie free agents that will join the team in Mankato for training camp. The Vikings will report to Mankato on Sunday, July 31 and hold their first practice on Monday, August 1.

Rod Huntley, OG, UTEP
Allen Reisner, FB/TE, Iowa
Marcell Gipson, CB, Wyoming
David Akinniyi, DE N.C., State
Byron Isom, OG, Auburn
Andre Holmes, WR, Hillsdale
Devon Torrence, CB, Ohio State
Ryan Hill, S, Miami
Conan Amituanai, OG, Arizona
Matt Asiata, HB/FB, Utah
Chris Adingupu, S, Prairie View
Dominique Johnson, WR, Cal Poly
Larry Dean, LB, Valdosta St
Nathan Whitaker, K, Stanford

Update - On July 28, the Vikings also signed Alexander Robinson, RB, Iowa State, and Ed Barham, TE, North Carolina.

WR Andre Holmes, Hillsdale

  • Set single-season school records for receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,368), and caught 11 touchdown passes. The most productive season in 119 years of Hillsdale football.
  • Set a single-game school record in playoff game at St. Cloud State with 16 receptions and 208 receiving yards.
  • Named First-Team All-GLIAC for second consecutive year and Second-Team All-Region during his final season.
  • Had five 100+ yard receiving games in 2010; all were 126 yards or higher. Averaged 114 ypg.
  • Named a 2010 preseason Division II honorable mention All-America.
  • In 2007 was a member of the men’s track team and won the GLIAC title in the outdoor triple jump at the conference championships.

CB Devon Torrence, Ohio State

  • Was selected by the Houston Astros in the 16th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, appearing in 64 games during the summers of 2007 and 2008 as an outfielder.
  • Twenty-four career starts at Ohio State and a three-year letter winner. Had 99 career tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, 4 INTs, 10 PBUs and 5 forced fumbles in his career.
  • Forced an Arkansas fumble to go with 8 tkls and 1 TFL in the Sugar Bowl victory.
  • Has a knack for big plays…returned an interception 34 yards against Penn State on 11/13/10 for a TD…also blocked a FG against Miami on 9/11/10. Against Miami had a career-high tying 8 tkls.
  • Was Defensive Player of the Week in a win against Indiana. Finished his senior season with 2 INTs, including 1 against IU.
  • Participated in the Texas vs. The Nation after his season was complete.

S Ryan Hill, Miami

  • Played on both sides of the ball and special teams during his college career. Made the full-time switch to DB before his junior season.
  • Played in 49 games from 2006-2010. Made 18 total starts during his career, 11 coming during his senior campaign.
  • As a defender, finished career with 85 total tackles, 3 INTs and 4.5 tackles for loss and 8 PBU.
  • Recipient of 2010 University of Miami Unsung Hero Award while graduating from the U in December of 2010.
  • Grabbed his first interception of his career at Pittsburgh in 2010. Finished his career and senior season with 3. Saw action in all 13 games as a senior recording double-digit tackles twice.
  • As a sophomore, played in 11 games as a WR, made 2 starts. Led the team in KR with 21 for 428 yds.

 OL Conan Amituanai, Arizona

  • Fifth-year senior who started at left guard over his final three seasons.
  • Worked as both a defensive lineman and tight end in 2006 while redshirting his first year.
  • Came to Arizona as a two-way player; opened camp as a defensive tackle then played tight end for the latter half of the year in practice.
  • Will join fellow Arizona Wildcat and seventh-round selection D’Aundre Reed in Mankato for training camp.
  • Participated in the National Football Foundation `Play it Smart' program during his college career, which trains academic coaches to work with high school football teams during the entire school year.

OL Rod Huntley, UTEP

  • Was selected as Second-Team All-Conference USA for 2010 season as voted on by the conferences’ coaches.
  • Started 10 games at right guard for the Miners in 2010.
  • In 2010, Huntley helped the Miners’ offense average 26.2 points and 371 yards per game in the regular season.
  • In 2009, Huntley started every game for the Miners at RG and helped the offense set a school record with 5,144 total yards and 428.7 yards per game.
  • Helped Miners’ offense rank 18th in the nation in total offense and 20th in passing offense (277.6 ypg) for the 2009 season.
  • Blocked for a Miners’ offense that was the only in the country to have a 400-yard passer, 200-yard rusher and 150-yard receiver for multiple games in 2009.

TE/FB Allen Reisner, Iowa

  • Started all 13 games at tight end for the Hawkeyes in 2010, catching 42 passes for 460 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Was named an honorable mention by College Football Performance Awards for Performer of the Week in games versus Iowa State and Northwestern.
  • Was named Second-Team All-Big 10 in 2010 by league coaches.
  • Was one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award in 2010, which is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding tight end.
  • Played in all 13 games of the 2009 season and was the recipient of the Hustle Team Award on offense.
  • Recorded 14 receptions for 143 yards and 1 touchdown during the 2009 season.

CB Marcell Gipson, Wyoming

  • Played at both cornerback and kick returner during his 3-year career at Wyoming.
  • Recorded 52 total tackles along with one interception during the 2010 season, along with 2 forced fumbles.
  • Led Wyoming’s defense with 3 forced fumbles during his junior season in 2009.
  • Finished 6th on the team and 30th in the conference with 71 tackles in 2009.
  • Recorded 7 passes defensed in 2009, only second on the team to his brother Tashaun, who had 9.
  • Led the team in passes defensed with 10 during his sophomore season in 2008.

DE David Akinniyi, N.C. State

  • Finished 2010 season with 20 total tackles (10 solo).
  • Recorded 3.0 sacks during his senior season in 2010, a career-high.
  • Was a three-year starter at Northeastern University before the school dropped the football program in 2009.
  • While at Northeastern, was a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Academic all-conference choice.
  • Joined team in January of 2010 and moved right into the starting defensive end position.
  • Over entire college career, has posted 36 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

OL Byron Isom, Auburn

  • Was part of 2010 Auburn Tigers team that won BCS National Championship.
  • Helped Auburn achieve a perfect 13-0 record in 2010 on their way to a BCS National Championship win over Oregon.
  • Blocked for and allowed QB Cam Newton to throw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns and win the 2010 Heisman Trophy.
  • Helped Tigers offense rush for 3,987 yards in 2010.
  • Paved the way for Auburn to have two 1,000 yard rushers in 2010 in Cam Newton (1,473 yards) and Michael Dyer (1,093).
  • Helped Auburn scored 515 points during the 2010 season (39.6 per game).

HB/FB Matt Asiata, Utah

  • Finished college career ranked third in Utah history with 24 career rushing touchdowns.
  • Finished career as Utah’s 14th leading rusher with 1,748 rushing yards in four seasons.
  • Recorded three career 100-yard games, including a game-high of 156 yards.
  • Played in all 13 games during the 2010 season and started seven at running back.
  • Finished 9th in the conference with 53.5 yard per game.
  • Had Utah’s only 100-yard game of the 2010 season when he rushed for 109 yards versus Wyoming.

S Chris Adingupu, Prairie View

  • Finished 2010 season with 2 interceptions and a touchdown.
  • Played in only two games during the 2010 season but recorded an interception in both games.
  • Led the Panthers with 84 tackles during the 2010 season.
  • Recorded 8 passes defensed and forced 3 fumbles in 2010 on his way to winning All-SWAC Honors.
  • Represented Prairie View A&M in annual Russell Athletic HBCU Bowl in Atlanta, GA following the 2010 season.
  • Has recorded a total of 7 interceptions over his three-season career at Prairie View A&M.

WR Dominique Johnson, Cal Poly

  • Transferred to Cal Poly from UCLA prior to the 2009 season.
  • Was named Second-Team All-Great West Conference Honors following the 2009 season, his first at Cal Poly.
  • Was Cal Poly’s top receiver in 2009, catching 43 passes for 741 yards and 6 touchdowns.
  • Recorded school-record 5 touchdowns in game against South Dakota in 2009.
  • Appeared in 12 games and started six games for UCLA during the 2008 season and finished third in receiving yards on the team with 373 yards.
  • Played in 13 games and started three for the Bruins during the 2007 season and ranked third on the team with 25 receptions and 322 yards.

LB Larry Dean, Valdosta State

  • A consensus First-Team All-American following the 2010 season.
  • Became the career record holder in tackles for Valdosta State and the Gulf Coast Conference during the 2010 season with 368.
  • In 2010, he finished with 122 tackles, breaking the single-season record formerly held by NFL Pro Bowler Jessie Tuggle.
  • Was named the Daktronics National Defensive Player of the Year following his 2010 season.
  • Finished his career among all-time leaders in school history for tackles-for-loss with 33.0.
  • Helped the Blazers win the NCAA Divison II National Championship as a freshman in 2007.

K Nate Whitaker, Stanford

  • Was 17 for 19 (89.5%) in field goal attempts during the 2010 season.
  • Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week in September of 2010 after making all five field goals he attempted against Notre Dame.
  • Named Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 for his junior season in 2009.
  • Was 16 of 22 (72.7%) in field goal attempts during the 2009 season.
  • His 16 field goals in 2009 tied for the third-most in Stanford single-season history.
  • Was named co-recipient of the Phil Moffatt Award following the 2009 season, given to the team’s most outstanding special teams player.

Alexander Robinson, RB, Iowa State

  • Originally from Minneapolis, MN.
  • Was a team co-captain during his senior season in 2010 with Iowa State.
  • When he finished his college career, he was only the fifth Iowa State back to reach more than 3,000 yards in career rushing.
  • Totaled 4,114 all-purpose yards over his career at Iowa State, ranking him third in school history.
  • Finished his career as a Cyclone with 13 100-yard games, tied for fourth in school history.
  • Was a 2009 Honorable Mention All-Big 12 for both the conference’s coaches and the Associated Press.

 Ed Barham, TE, North Carolina

  •  Appeared in 12 of 13 games for North Carolina in 2010 with six starts, including the Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee.
  • Finished senior season with 13 receptions for 126 yards.
  • Earned UNC Coaches’ Player of the Week honors after win over Clemson in 2010.
  • Played in 13 games and started 6 during his junior season in 2009.
  •  Earned UNC Coaches’ Player of the Week honors after win over Georgia Southern in 2009.
  • Finished three-year career at North Carolina with 190 yards receiving on 20 receptions.