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Video: Former UNLV RB Bradley Randle signs with the Vikings

Former Rebels Lotulelei, Randle are picked up as undrafted free agents

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UNLV players Doug Zismann and Bradley Randle leave the field after UNLV’s game against New Mexico at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. UNLV beat New Mexico 35-7.

Updated Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 6 p.m.

Bradley Randle signs with Vikings

John Lotulelei’s NFL journey will begin with the Seattle Seahawks.

The former UNLV linebacker, who last season was a first-team all Mountain West Conference selection, agreed to a free agent contract Saturday with Seattle hours after not being selected in the NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Lotulelei finished last season with 120 tackles, which was the 10th-best mark in Rebel single-season history.

Also late Saturday, running back Bradley Randle signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Randle rushed for 635 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.

At 5-foot-7 and 190 pounds, Randle was a long shot to be selected, and some questioned why he declared for the draft with one year of eligibility left at UNLV.

Check out the Youtube video Randle's family posted documenting the phone call he received from Minnesota officials.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Gang: Sorry I missed Bradley Randle signing with Minnesota. Make sure to watch the attached video. Bradley is sporting a UNLV shirt most of the video and gets a phone call from Randall Cunningham with some words of encouragement. Very cool.

  2. John and Bradley were a joy to watch at UNLV and both are tough young men. Best of luck to them. Also it's great to hear Randall Cunningham talking on the phone. Go Rebels!

  3. I think Bradley Randle has a good chance of making an NFL team. He's very good on special team (both on the receiving team and the kicking team). That's what you have to do well to make a team as an undrafted free agent.

  4. It's good he left..Rebs in a deep hole & with bad OLine Randle's life in danger.Poor Sherry..Hauch and Phenocie still there which means problems still exist. I hope Rebs stop running up the middle, somehow Hauch thinks they are Wisconsin.

  5. @insight - I don't think the offensive line, or the offense itself, will be a problem. They have decent talent on offense. Defense is another story. How well they do next year depends on how well the defense performs.