GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota football roster has grown by three over the course of the past few weeks as a trio of a Californians each committed to play for the Fighting Sioux in 2011. Head coach Chris Mussman announced that athletes Romon Bridges (Stockton, Calif.), Chris Brown (Culver City, Calif.) and Dwayne Brown (Fontana, Calif.) have signed to play for the Fighting Sioux and will join their new teammates for the beginning of fall camp (Aug. 3).
“We are excited to add these three Californians to the roster,” Mussman said. “Each of them brings a tremendous amount of versatility and athleticism to our roster and that is going to help make us a better team.”
Romon Bridges is player that Mussman envisions helping the team with his versatility. At 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, Bridges caught 32 passes for 426 yards as a senior playing for head coach Andre Horace at Edison High School. He also averaged more than four yards per carry and, defensively, Bridges made 46 tackles and also had an interception.
“We brought Romon up here in January for a visit and this summer we were able to get him to commit,” Mussman said. “He brings top-end speed to the program. Romon can play both sides of the ball, but I think he will find his home on the offensive side of the ball here. He can also be a factor on special teams with his speed.”
Chris Brown, who is listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, played his prep ball for Culver City (Calif.) High School where he was a two-way standout for head coach Jahmal Wright. Brown was credited with 26 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups during his senior season. He also forced a fumble and caught four passes for 117 yards, including a season-long reception of 79 yards.
“Chris is a player we have been in contact with all along,” Mussman said. “He is a dual-type player that could help us out on either offense or defense, but he really stood out on film on the defensive side of the ball.”
Dwayne Brown, who is listed at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, caught 26 passes for 539 yards and seven touchdowns, helping lead his Kaiser High School squad to a Sunkist League title and 12-1 record. He was named to the All-Sunkist team as a defensive back after breaking up eight passes and posting five interceptions. Brown also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a score.
“We have recruited Dwayne since his junior year, had made an offer, but some things fell through,” Mussman said. “Fortunately, we had the opportunity to bring him back. He is another two-way player that is tough and has the athletic ability to defend the pass, but also the physical ability to step up and hit you too.”
The Fighting Sioux report for fall camp on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and will practice for the first time on Friday, Aug. 5. The season opener vs. Drake at the Alerus Center is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
– Go Sioux –