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Jaguars sign Jeris Pendleton


The Jacksonville Jaguars signed 2012 seventh-round draft pick Jeris Pendleton to a contract, the club announced today.  Pendleton was the 228th overall pick in the draft and is the third of the Jaguars' six draft picks to sign a contract, joining defensive end Andre Branch and cornerback Mike Harris.

Pendleton, 6-2, 328, played two seasons at Ashland University where he finished with 11 tackles for loss and six sacks as a defensive tackle.  He started all 11 games as a senior and totaled 49 tackles, five sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.  He spent his first two seasons at Joliet Junior College.

A native of Chicago, Pendleton attended Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and didn't attend college until age 24.   He took a housekeeping job at a nursing home following high school for two and a half years before doing construction work for a year and a half to support his family.

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