Former Penn State offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach has officially signed an NFL rookie free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State announced Sunday.
Dieffenbach played the final five games and started the last three games last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during spring practice in 2014. He was a team captain and made his season debut against Indiana at both guard positions. He started for the first time against Illinois, lining up at left guard.
Dieffenbach started 25 games in his career.
“He is such a terrific story to go from missing most of his senior season to now becoming an NFL free agent,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in a press release. “He put in a lot of work in the training and weight room during the season to give himself a chance play last season.
“What I appreciate the most about Miles is his leadership through his injury and I am excited for him to earn this opportunity. He made the most of his five years, earning a degree in four years and starting work on a second degree this past season.”
Dieffenbach is the first Penn State player to officially sign a free agent contract.
According to various media reports, defensive end Deion Barnes and running back Bill Belton are going to the New York Jets and linebacker Mike Hull is headed to the Miami Dolphins.
Barnes tweeted Saturday night about joining the Jets, and Hull tweeted Sunday about his opportunity with the Dolphins. Belton’s agent, Paul Sheehy, tweeted Sunday that the running back was going to New York’s rookie mini camp.
Running back Zach Zwinak told The Frederick News-Post (Md.) on Saturday night that he will try out for former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans this Friday through Sunday.
Former Penn State basketball player Ross Travis is also heading to Houston for rookie mini camp, according to a tweet by Tier 1 Sports Management, the agency representing him.