Their names might not have been called during the three-day
spectacle that is the NFL Draft in New York City, but their opportunity to play
at the next level came in a different form – free agent contract.
For the second-straight year after the final pick of the NFL
Draft was called out, but after everything was said and done four former Red
Raiders found homes with NFL teams.
Deveric Gallington, Cody Davis, LaAdrian Waddle and Seth Doege all signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams on Saturday
– OL(Oakland Raiders)
Offensive lineman Gallington, who was signed by the Oakland
Raiders, finished his Red Raider career playing 47 games, starting every game
the last three years.
The North Richland Hills, Texas native finished his career
making 38 consecutive starts. Gallington was a part of an offensive line that
really opened up the lanes for the running backs that totaled 1,674 yards
during the regular season, marking the most since Tech running backs rushed for
2,219 yards in 1998.
– OL (Detroit Lions)
Another offensive lineman joining Gallington was teammate
Waddle was one of the Tech players that were expecting to
possibly be drafted in the late rounds of the draft after working out for
multiple teams this past week.
But Waddle, like all of his teammates, went undrafted.
Following the draft, Waddle did find a team to play for
– the Detroit Lions.
Waddle entered the draft coming off a stellar senior
campaign where the Columbus, Texas native was named to multiple first-team
Waddle was named to the Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 firs
team, AP All-Big 12 first team and All-Big 12 first team, just to name a few.
Waddle made 40 starts in his Red Raider career, ending his
career starting 38 consecutive, just like Gallington.
Cody Davis – S
(St. Louis Rams)
Davis was a player the Red Raider defense could always
depend on in his four-year career in the red and black.
Davis played 49 games with 362 tackles, which ranks eighth
in the Tech record books, 282 of those solo and 80 assisted in his Red Raider
The Stephenville, Texas native also registered 16 tackles
for loss and grabbed four interceptions, three in his senior season including
an 88-yard return for a touchdown against Texas State.
In his senior campaign, Davis’ 84 solo tackles ranked four
in the NCAA and second in the Big 12 Conference.
Davis was named an honorable mention for the All-Big 12
Defensive Player of the Year, All-Big 12 second team and a National Football
Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Seth Doege – QB
For five years, Seth Doege didn’t take a snap in a football
But for the last two years, the Wolfforth, Texas native has
been under center for the Red Raiders leading a high-flying offensive unit.
Not Doege gets to trade in the red and black of the Red
Raiders for the red and black of the Atlanta Falcons after signing an undrafted
free agent contract on Saturday.
Doege finished his Tech career playing 31 games going 819-for-1,187
for 8,646 yards and 69 touchdowns.
In Red Raider history, Doege finished third in passing
yards, touchdowns, passing attempts, completions, total offense and touchdowns
Doege’s final campaign as a Red Raider finished as one of the
best of his career finishing 380-for-541 for 4,215 yards (2ND in the
NCAA) and 39 touchdowns (2nd in the NCAA).
Doege’s accomplishments were also recognized on a national
level, making his way onto multiple awards watch lists – Meieneke Car
Care Bowl of Texas Most Valuable Player, East-West Shrine Game, All-Big 12
Honorable Mention and a Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist as well.