Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Two-sport Maryland athlete joining Patriots
By Mike Rodak
Maryland two-sport athlete Will Yeatman is the latest undrafted rookie free agent to join the Patriots, according to Yeatman's own Twitter account.
"Long one yesterday but figured out where the best fit for me was. Excited to sign with this great team and organization today," Yeatman tweeted.
At 6-foot-6, 268 pounds, Yeatman was a tight end on Maryland's football team in addition to playing attack for the Terrapins' lacrosse squad.
In football, Yeatman played in 11 games in 2010, starting three. A fractured finger suffered in the preseason caused him to miss the first two games of the season, but Yeatman finished the season with 13 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown.
Yeatman transferred to Maryland in January 2009 from Notre Dame, where he played three seasons under then-head coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.
After missing the 2008 (spring) lacrosse season following a driving while intoxicated arrest, Yeatman was suspended for most of the Irish's 2008 football season following an additional arrest for underage drinking.
Yeatman's father Dennis is a former lacrosse player for the Naval Academy. In addition to having strong ties to the Navy program, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a well-known lacrosse fan, with both his daughter Amanda (Wesleyan) and son Stephen (Rutgers) having played the sport on the collegiate level. Amanda Belichick is currently an assistant coach for the Ohio State women's lacrosse program.