Toben Opurum Signs Free Agent Contract With The Chiefs
May 18, 2013
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas defensive end/running back Toben Opurum signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday. Opurum, who attended mini-camp over the weekend with the organization, will join the Chiefs immediately for organized team activities (OTAs) after taking part in KU graduation festivities over the weekend. He is slated to play the fullback position with the Chiefs.
Opurum began his KU career as a running back earning Rivals.com Freshman All-Big 12 honors in 2009. He was the first freshman to lead Kansas in rushing in a season since Clark Green in 2002. As a freshman he shared time with senior running back Jake Sharp, but carried 133 times for a team-best 554 yards and nine touchdowns. His career-best rushing game he piled up 109 yards against Southern Miss. During his one season on offense, Opurum caught 13 passes out of the backfield for 105 yards and one touchdown.
Opurum spent the remainder of his career on defense where he tallied 109 total tackles, including a career-best 45 as a junior. He registered 19.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and seven pass breakups.
Opurum is one of nine Jayhawks to get an opportunity with an NFL team this spring via the draft, free agent signings and camp invites.
Tanner Hawkinson was a fifth round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, while Tunde Bakare (Chicago Bears), Greg Brown (San Diego Chargers), Dayne Crist (Baltimore Ravens), Trevor Marrongelli (Detroit Lions), Bradley McDougald (Kansas City Chiefs), Josh Williams (Chicago Bears) and Duane Zlatnik (Jacksonville Jaguars) have each attended a mini-camp or signed as a free agent.
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