The NCAA’s all-time leader in receptions wasn’t drafted and wasn’t even offered a contract as an undrafted free agent, but he will be given an opportunity to show he belongs in the NFL.
Michael Zweifel of the University of Dubuque, who caught an all-time, all-division record of 463 passes in his college career, will participate in the Packers’ upcoming rookie camp.
“I’m just excited to get a chance to play and show what I can do,” Zweifel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be there. I know the speed of the game will be faster. But I’m just really excited.”
For Zweifel, a player to model himself after could be Danny Woodhead, who set NCAA records at Division II Chadron State but didn’t look the part of an NFL player and wasn’t drafted. Woodhead got a chance with the Jets, stuck around a couple years there and has since become an important contributor to the Patriots’ offense.
After playing two seasons at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, Zweifel transferred to the University of Dubuque when his father became the head coach there. In 2011 Zweifel caught 140 passes for 1,915 yards and 25 touchdowns, and he won the Gagliardi Trophy as the best player in Division III college football.