Texans sign Morency and Mathis

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- The Houston Texans announced today the signings of third-round draft pick RB Vernand Morency and fourth-round selection WR Jerome Mathis.  Morency and Mathis are the fourth and fifth 2005 Texans draft picks to sign with the team.

Morency (5-9, 212) was taken by the Texans with the 73 rd overall pick in the 2005 draft from

His 2,661 career yards rank eighth on the school's all-time career list.

Mathis (5-11, 181) was taken by the Texans with the 114 th overall pick out of

Mathis was also the 2003 and 2004 NCAA East Regional Champion in the 200 meters.

Morency and Mathis, join fifth-round pick C Drew Hodgdon, sixth-round pick SS C.C. Brown, and seventh-round pick LB Kenneth Pettway as members of the 2005 draft to have signed with the team.       

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