Former Algonquin Regional star and UConn kicker Dave Teggart confirmed to ESPNBoston.com tonight that he has been offered a tryout with the Chicago Bears for their minicamp later this month.
Teggart, a Northborough resident, said he got the call from the Bears last night. He shares the same agent, Paul Sheehy, as Bears special teams coach Dave Toub.
Teggart will report to camp on May 10, where he will be one of two kickers competing.
"I'm excited to go out there, but as a kicker you've got to control your emotions a bit," Teggart said tonight. "I've got to go into it thinking it's me against me. As long as I do what I know I can do, I'll be fine."
In the 2011 preseason, Teggart was named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top placekicker, but did not make the cut of semi-finalists. He leaves UConn as the program's all-time leader in points, extra points and field goals made, as well as the single-season record holder for field goals made and consecutive extra points made. He says he has hit field goals from as far as 64 yards out this spring in preparting for the NFL Draft.
Teggart is the third player from the Central Massachusetts district to get picked up by an NFL team this week as an undrafted free agent, an aberration for an area that typically does not produce major college football talent in bulk. West Boylston's Emil Igwenagu (Holy Name High/UMass) and Shrewsbury's Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury High/Merrimack College) were picked up earlier this week by the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans, respectively.
"I don't think Central Mass. is known for football. We have great athletes, it's just a matter of recognition," Teggart said. "I feel like Central Mass. is a tough place to get recognized out of, because of its past history or whatever, I don't know exactly. But it's possible.
"I didn't get a chance to go to Boston College, they went with a California guy. But I got a shot at UConn and made the most of it. The same I think goes for someone like Loiseau."