Former Aggie football player Chris Ulinski also earns tryout for free agent with Cleveland Browns

LOGAN, Utah – Former Utah State football placekicker Chris Ulinski will join former teammate Brennan McFadden in trying out for a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns, as they both will go through the Browns’ mini-camp. Ulinski and his fellow Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS) native McFadden will go to Cleveland this weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2, for the free agent tryout, practicing twice on Friday, twice on Saturday and once on Sunday for the opportunity of earning a free agent contract. “I’m extremely blessed for this opportunity,” Ulinski said. “I’m very honored for the chance to prove myself to them and hopefully I can get a free agent deal.” Ulinski was told by the Browns that they will also be bringing in former Alabama placekicker Leigh Tiffin for the tryout. Last season, Ulinski led the Western Athletic Conference and was fourth in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in touchbacks with 25, booting them on 65 kickoffs (.385). It was the second-straight season that Ulinski led the WAC in touchbacks, after drilling 21 in 2008, ranking tied for 13th in FBS. Ulinski was also ninth in the WAC and 87th in FBS in scoring last season at 6.6 points per game, booting 13-of-21 (.619) field goals and 40-of-41 (.976) extra points. For his career, Ulinski boomed 55 touchbacks with 21 in 2008, which were three more than USU’s three previous years combined total of 18, consisting of nine in 2007 (by Ulinski), one in 2006 and eight in 2005. That mark is especially impressive since kickoffs were moved back from the 35-yard line to the 30-yard line prior to the 2007 season. Ulinski was 15-of-23 (.652) on field goals for his career and 41-of-44 (.932) on extra points. He boomed a career-long field goal of 56 yards against New Mexico State in 2008, the second-longest in the WAC that season. Off the field, Ulinski was a two-time academic all-WAC honoree. If given a free agent contract, Ulinski and McFadden would join former USU teammate and fellow Grass Valley native James Brindley in the free agent ranks, as Brindley signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night. -USU-

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