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The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed placekicker Craig Fayak to a contract. Terms were not disclosed. Fayak spent training camps the last two years with the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.

Fayak, 23, was a three-year letterman at Penn State, leading his team in scoring as a freshman and sophomore. In 1990, he converted 15 of 22 field goals and 29 of 30 extra points for 74 total points, and in 1991 he hit 17 of 26 field goals, including 13 of his last 16, and scored 96 points. In the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, he set a record with six extra points. In 1992, Fayak connected on 5 of 9 field goal attempts and all 21 extra points. He played in only six games that season due to a stress fracture in a back vertebra.

The 6-1, 188-pound Fayak was signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 1994 and waived July 13. Last year he was signed by Miami on April 28 and waived on August 14. He played quarterback and safety and handled the kicking and punting for Belle Vernon Area (Pa.) High.

Fayak is the second placekicker on the Jaguars' roster, joining Mike Hollis, who led the team in scoring with 87 points in 1995. The Jaguars' roster stands at 69 players (including six unsigned free agents) heading into this weekend's college draft.

The Jaguars were notified this afternoon that the St. Louis Rams had matched the offer sheet that

cornerback Todd Lyght had signed with Jacksonville on Friday.


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