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Green Bay Packers Sign Two Former Golden Gophers As Undrafted Free Agents

Duane Bennette and Eric Lair were not selected in the NFL Draft, but have signed with the Green Packers as undrafted free agents.

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Two former Minnesota Golden Gophers signed with the Green Bay Packers on Friday as undrafted free agents, according to the Associated Press.

Both running back Duane Bennett and tight end Eric Lair, four-year players for the Golden Gophers, were among 14 rookies to ink deals as UDFAs with Green Bay after not being selected in last month's NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9 Bennett started all 12 games for the Golden Gophers last season, totaling 639 yards on the ground, along with three touchdowns. Over his four-year career with Minnesota, he amassed 2,126 rushing yards, which puts him 13th all-time in school history.

Lair played in all 12 games in 2011, starting on three occasions. Over the year, he caught 11 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.

The remaining 12 players to sign with the Packers, according to the AP, include West Virginia offensive guard Don Barclay, Virginia Tech offensive guard Jaymes Brooks, Winston-Salem State fullback Nic Cooper, San Diego State center Tommie Draheim, Wake Forest tight end Cameron Ford, Holy Cross offensive tackle Mike McCabe, Tulane linebacker Dezman Moses, South Dakota State wide receiver Dale Moss, Vanderbilt safety Sean Richardson, Buffalo wide receiver Marcus Rivers, Southern Utah cornerback Dion Turner and USC running back Marc Tyler.

For more on the Minnesota Golden Gophers, check out The Daily Gopher, SB Nation's Minnesota blog. For news related to the Green Bay Packers, visit Acme Packing Company.

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