Bengals add 11 CFAs

The Bengals released their list of 11 college free agents Friday morning in anticipation of Friday afternoon's first practice of rookie minicamp.

Leading the way is Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson, a 6-1 242-pound load that comes into Paul Brown Stadium as the 2014 national rushing leader in all college divisions with 2,153 yards.

Also signed up are Oregon cornerback Troy Hill, one of the top-ranked undrafted players, as well as Iowa running back Marc Weisman making the conversion to fullback and Wisconsin-Whitewater tight end Jake Kumerow, the son of 1988 Dolphins first-round pick Eric Kumerow.

Also joining the drafted and undrafted rookies is a slew of tryout players, some who have been in the league. It's believed the most notable is former Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Ohio State product who played one of his three seasons in Oakland under Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Pryor, cut by Kansas City earlier this week, had a tryout with the Bengals last year but didn't play in the NFL in 2014.

The list of the Bengals' college free agents:

CB TROY HILL, Oregon, 5-11 182-

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Seen as one of the top undrafted players in the country…Known as an excellent competitor and tremendous athlete.…In first year as starter during 2014 season finished third in country with 19 pass breakups…Ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.52 seconds at his pro day…Had 160 yards in penalties last two years…Hometown Youngstown, OH…

C-G CHRISTOPHER JASPERSE, Marshall 6-3 292 -

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Started 53 straight games, second most ever at FBS level…All USA Conference first team past two seasons…Played more than 4,000 career snaps to lead all active 2014 FBS offensive linemen…Co-captain last two seasons for bowl winners…Walk on…Hometown Greensboro, N.C…

WR JAKE KUMEROW, Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-5 209 -

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Transfer from Illinois…In three seasons finished with  158 receptions for 2,648 yards (16.8-yard average) and 36 TDs…Helped his team to past two Division III national titles…77 catches for 1,331 yards and 19 TDs in 2013…Missed four games last season with ankle injury and finished with 66 receptions for 1,116 yards and 14 TDs…Named one of top 14 small school prospects in country…Son of Ohio State linebacker Eric Kumerow, 1988 first-round pick of Miami who played three seasons…Hometown Bartlett, Ill…

TE MATT LENGEL, Eastern Kentucky 6-8 272 -

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Blocking specialist…Suffered ACL tears in junior and season seasons…Granted sixth year of eligibility…Responded with 16 catches for 139 yards and 0 TDs this past season…Northeastern gave him his one offer out of high school…Transferred when Boston school dropped football…Hometown  Mechanicsburg, Pa…

K TOM OBARSKI, Concordia-St. Paul 5-10 177 -

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Hit four of five field goals from at least 50 yards during final three seasons…Made 59-yarder in 2012…Made 49-yarder at Senior Bowl while missing from 44 and 43…After making one of eight kicks from 40 yards or longer in 2013, hit nine of 10 last season…Averaged career-high 61.4 yards on 53 kickoffs last season with 22 touchbacks…Punted four seasons with 35.9 yards per last season…forced 19 fair catches, 10 more than any season…combined 39 punts inside 20 last two years after 20 in first two…Hometown Burnsville, Minn….

S FLOYD RAVEN, Texas A&M 6-0, 202 -

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Ran 4.45 seconds in 40 at his pro day… Part-time starter last two seasons with 10 starts…Solid special teamer…Four teams tackles last season were second on team…Blocked two punts in 2013, the first A&M block in five years resulted in safety…Career game vs. Vanderbilt as junior with 11 solo tackles…Four-star recruit coming out of high school in Kenner, La…

LB TREVOR ROACH, Nebraska 6-2 237-

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In line with 2013 Bengals draft pick Rex Burkhead from Nebraska, Roach became campus and community leader… Received Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award in 2014…Three-time Academic All Big 10… After missing 2013 season with injury, became a starter for first time in midseason with six before missing Holiday Bowl with injury…Walk-on from Elkhorn, Neb…

C JAKE SMITH, Louisville 6-3 306 -

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Made 50 starts…Versatile guard-center type…Started guard first two seasons, including for 2012 Big East champs… First player in school history to be named to the FWAA Freshman All-America team…Switched to center in 2013 camp and was named first team all league…Also  received offense's "Grinder," award…Switched back to guard for senior season…Hometown Jacksonville, Ala…

RB TERRELL WATSON, Azusa Pacific  6-1 242 -

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The 2014 national rushing leader in college football (all divisions): with 2,153 yards…Set the NCAA Division II record for most rushing yards in a half with  259 yards vs. Menlo on Nov. 15, 2014…Shattered school records set by Chiefs RB Christian Okoye in mid '80s…Two-time conference Player of Year… Not invited to NFL scouting combine, his time of 4.49 seconds in 40 at eye-opening pro day would have been fourth among running backs…College offensive line coach and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jackie Slater gives him NFL endorsement…Hometown Oxnard, CA…

FB MARK WEISMAN, Iowa 5-11 242 -

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After converting from fullback to running back as sophomore, makes change back as a pro… In 44 starts, Weisman's 2,602 yards sixth in school history…32 rushing touchdowns third…Three-time academic all Big Ten…Two-year captain… Not invited to combine… 40-yard dash time of 4.61 faster than all but 12 running backs at combine…Only four RBs had better time in three-cone drill and broad jump... Hometown Buffalo Grove, IL…

DT DESHAWN WILLIAMS, Clemson 6-1 295 -

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Played 53 games in four seasons, fourth most in school history….17 starts…Played on line with DT Grady Jarrett, third-round pick…Had 16.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in his career…Father Ronald rushed for more than 1,800 yards at Clemson from 1990-92…Hometown Central, S.C…

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