McKnight signs deal with Cincinnati
All-America offensive lineman Ryan McKnight became the second former South Dakota State football player to sign a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals this week, upping the number of former Jackrabbits in NFL training camps this summer to eight.
McKnight finished his collegiate career in 2010 by being nearly a consensus All-American after earning his second consecutive all-Missouri Valley Football Conference award. He was honored on five different All-America teams, highlighted by first-team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and a spots on the College Sporting News Sweet 63 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team. In 2010, McKnight anchored a relatively inexperienced Jackrabbit offensive line that allowed only six sacks all season, while averaging 344 yards of total offense per game. He started nine games at center and two at left guard.
A 6-foot-1, 295-pounder from Sioux Falls, McKnight will join tight end Colin Cochart as former Jackrabbits on the Bengals preseason roster. Other former South Dakota State standouts in NFL training camps include: Danny Batten (Buffalo Bills), Casey Bender (Indianapolis Colts), Cole Brodie (Jacksonville Jaguars), Derek Domino (Denver Broncos), Chris Johnson (Chicago Bears) and Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts).