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McNeese's Toddrick Pendland and Wes Mangan sign pro contracts
Toddrick Pendland and Wes Mangan, two all-conference performers on McNeese State’s 2009 Southland Conference championship football team, have signed professional football contracts.
Pendland, a tailback, has signed with British Columbia of the Canadian Football League and Mangan, a tight end, has signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League.
Both will be reporting to camp soon as the CFL pre-season begins June 13 and regular season games start on July 1. The UFL season will begin Sept. 17.
A native of Newton, TX, Pendland concluded his career as McNeese State’s fourth leading all-time rusher with 3,137 yards, the leader in touchdowns scored with 46 and sixth in all-purpose yards with 4,306.
He set school records for career total touchdowns and for single season points scored.
During his career he was named the McNeese most valuable player, the Southland Conference offensive player of the year and was named to the Associated Press all-America team. He was also the nation’s scoring leader in 2009.
Mangan, a native of Brenham, TX, set a school career record for touchdowns by a tight end with 12 and concluded his career with 67 pass receptions, a mark that puts him fourth among tight ends.
The two will join a growing list of former Cowboy players who are on active professional rosters for the coming season.
In the NFL, fullback Luke Lawton is with Oakland, defensive back Marcus Brown is with St. Louis, defensive back Darrick Brown is with Indianapolis, defensive end Bryan Smith is with Jacksonville, defensive back Keith Smith is with San Francisco and wide receiver/kick returner Quentin Lawrence is with Kansas City.
Defensive lineman Vaalyn Jackson and defensive back Ladarius Key are both with Saskatchewan in the CFL while quarterback Kerry Joseph, the league’s outstanding player three years ago, is currently a free agent.
Carlese Franklin continues to play arena football with Tulsa while members of the local Louisiana Swashbucklers are former Cowboys Kody Knox, Bryant Mason, Lance Fremin, John Paul Jones and Buck Harris.
Also former Cowboys now in the pro coaching ranks are Adam Henry with the Oakland Raiders and Michael Warren, Darnell Lee, Dwight Hudler and Marcus LeBlanc with the Swashbucklers.
McNeese Media Relations