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05-01-2006, 01:30 PM
USD defensive, offensive players sign as NFL free agentsAssociated Press
National Football League News Wire

VERMILLION, S.D. -- All-America defensive end A.J. Schable of the University of South Dakota has signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, USD said Monday in a release.

Schable has been signed as a defensive end.

He had a school record 19 sacks last season for USD and led the nation with an average of 1.7 sacks per game. Schable was a first-team selection on the AP's Little All-America team and was a first-team pick on the All-North Central Conference squad and a pair of all-region teams.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Schable, of Ida Grove, Iowa, said he wishes he had been drafted but is happy to be with the Cardinals.

Also, USD offensive lineman Nick Hagemann has signed a free agent contract with the NFL champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Hagemann, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound senior, is from New Vienna, Iowa.