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Vikings Sign Loadholt

Posted Jul 29, 2009

The Minnesota Vikings have signed 2009 2nd-round draft pick T Phil Loadholt, it was announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Loadholt, the 54th overall pick in this year’s draft, spent his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Oklahoma, where the Sooners won back-to-back Big 12 Conference titles and advanced to the National Championship game in 2008. The Colorado native was part of an OU offense that set numerous national and school offensive records, including most points scored in a single-season (716), most offensive touchdowns in a single-season (96), and most consecutive games scoring 60 or more points (5). Loadholt was named 2nd-Team All-Big 12 as a junior and earned 1st-Team honors as a senior.

The 6-8, 343-pound Loadholt started all 48 collegiate games he played in, including 27 at OU. Before transferring to Oklahoma, Loadholt was a two-time All-American at Garden City Community College.

Loadholt was the sixth tackle drafted in 2009 and the highest tackle selected by the Vikings since Bryant McKinnie in 2007. He is the fourth member of the Vikings 5-member 2009 draft class to sign with the team, joining 3rd-round  pick CB Asher Allen, 5th-round LB Jasper Brinkley and 7th-round S Jamarca Sanford.