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UNI's Karter Schult to sign free-agent deal with NFL's Cleveland Browns

Northern Iowa’s Karter Schult drops Southern Illinois Salukis running back Cameron Walter (22) behind the line for a loss at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Northern Iowa’s Karter Schult drops Southern Illinois Salukis running back Cameron Walter (22) behind the line for a loss at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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CEDAR FALLS — No, he didn’t get drafted. But it didn’t take long for Karter Schult to find a National Football League home.


The Northern Iowa defensive lineman announced Saturday night that he will sign a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns. The news came just a couple of hours at the conclusion of the weekend’s NFL Draft.

Schult was this past season’s Buck Buchanan Award winner, as the best defensive player in FCS. He finished his four-year career as UNI’s leader in tackles for loss, yards from tackles for loss, yards from sacks and quarterback hurries.

The Tripoli native will be the 74th player to see time in an NFL camp during Mark Farley’s head coaching career at the school, which began in 2001.

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