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Jags sign DE Branch

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed 2012 second-round draft pick Andre Branch to a contract, the club announced today.  Branch was the 38th overall pick in the dra


ft and is the first of the team's six draft picks to sign a contract. 

Branch, 6-5, 258, was a four-year letterman at defensive end for Clemson where he made 27 starts.  He finished his career with 17.5 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss and 197 tackles.   He was the first player from Clemson drafted by the Jaguars in franchise history.

As a senior, Branch served as a team captain and earned second-team All-America honors after compiling a career-high 10.5 sacks.  The 10.5 sacks led the ACC and were the fourth-most in school history for a season.  He also led the team with 17 tackles for loss and totaled a career-best 85 tackles. 

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he attended Varina High School where he started at both linebacker and tight end.  He also lettered in basketball.

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