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Chris Murphy, Published May 10 2014

Ex-Bison Jensen, Williams and Shepherd ink free-agent deals

FARGO – Three former North Dakota State Bison football players signed undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams on Saturday.

Ex-Bison quarterback Brock Jensen signed with the Miami Dolphins, while defensive backs Marcus Williams and Bryan Shepherd inked deals with the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, respectively.

Williams said the last few days have been long, but not getting drafted won’t slow him down. It just adds a chip on his shoulder the all-time leader in interceptions in NDSU history will take with him to Houston.

“It just adds fuel to the fire,” Williams said. “It makes me want to go out there and show everybody what I can do. I thought I did enough in college, but I guess I’m going to have to go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing and prove I can play with anyone.”

Williams added that he felt comfortable with Houston due in large part to a Texans’ secondary coach being someone who recruited him out of high school.

“It was a long day of waiting and getting phone calls from teams, but I feel like Houston was the best place to go,” Williams said. “It was the best opportunity for me to go in there and compete for a job.”

Williams says he has to report to rookie minicamp next week.

Jensen will join former NDSU teammate and offensive lineman Billy Turner, who was drafted 67th overall in the NFL draft by the Dolphins on Friday. Jensen will report to minicamp for six weeks near the end of the month.

Jensen finished with more wins than any quarterback in Football Championship Subdivision history, going 47-5 as a starter and finishing with 48 wins.

Jensen tweeted: “Officially a Miami Dolphin!!!! So blessed to have this opportunity!!!”

Shepherd agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins as a preferred free agent. According to Shepherd’s agent, the Redskins anticipate using him on special teams and grooming him into a free safety.

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