Troy Woolfolk (L) and Ryan Van Bergen
May 7, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football defensive lineman Ryan Van Bergen (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall HS) and defensive back Troy Woolfolk (Sugar Land, Texas/Dulles HS) recently signed free agent contracts with National Football League teams following the NFL Draft.
Van Bergen signed with the Carolina Panthers, while Woolfolk agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys. The pair joined three members of Team 132 who were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Mike Martin (Redford, Mich./Catholic Central) was chosen in the third round by the Tennessee Titans, while center David Molk (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township HS) was selected by the San Diego Chargers and wide receiver Junior Hemingway (Conway, S.C./Conway HS) was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs, each in the seventh round.
Van Bergen, a three-year starter and four-year letterman, opened 38 of 50 career games and totaled 135 tackles, 27.5 tackles-for-losses, 14.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and 10 pass breakups for the Wolverines. He had a career-high 45 tackles, 12.5 stops for losses and five sacks as a senior to earn All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Woolfolk started 22 of 45 career games and had 91 tackles, 57 solo, and five pass breakups. Woolfolk started 10 games and had 30 tackles and two pass breakups as a senior.
The duo was a part of a defensive unit in 2011 that ranked second in the Big Ten and sixth in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing 17.2 points per game.
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