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Joplo Bartu, left, and Darryl Morris, right.


Two players from last fall’s Texas State football team — linebacker Joplo Bartu and defensive back Darryl Morris — have signed free agent NFL contracts since last week’s draft. The Bobcats had no players drafted.

Bartu signed with Atlanta after earning All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) second team honors. Barto made 95 tackles last season, leading the Bobcats and finishing sixth in the WAC. Barto ranked second in the league with 12.0 tackle for losses of 48 yards and tied for fifth with 5.5 quarterback sacks. In his final collegiate game, the Waller native was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week after collecting 17 tackles (12 solo), eight tackles for losses of 34 yards and four sacks in a win against New Mexico State.

Morris, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers, also earned All-WAC second-team honors in 2012 after he tied for 23rd nationally and fourth in the WAC with four interceptions. Morris also was fourth among Bobcat leaders with 61 tackles and had two tackles for loss. The San Antonio native was a four-year starter for the Bobcats. He also earned All-Southland Conference honors as a sophomore and ended his career with 223 tackles, including 162 solo stops, 16.5 tackles for losses of 60 yards, five interceptions and 31 passes defended.

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