Three Knights Officially Sign with NFL Teams

GO KNIGHTS Long snapper Charley Hughlett will test his skills with the Dallas Cowboys.
Long snapper Charley Hughlett will test his skills with the Dallas Cowboys.

April 30, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Following the 2012 NFL Draft, three UCF players officially signed or agreed to terms with NFL teams as undrafted free agents, according to As of Monday afternoon, tight end Adam Nissley joined the Atlanta Falcons, linebacker Josh Linam will suit up with the San Diego Chargers and long snapper Charley Hughlett is set to compete with the Dallas Cowboys.

On Friday, UCF cornerback Josh Robinson served as the 29th Knight to be taken in the draft since 1987, and tied for the sixth-highest UCF player drafted all-time. Robinson was selected in the third round with the 66th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings.

In all, UCF leads Conference USA with 10 players selected since 2006, and it is the only school in the league which has produced a draft pick in each of the last seven years.

Nissley (Cumming, Ga.) opened his UCF career as a right tackle before moving to tight end from 2009-11. He earned All-C-USA Honorable Mention status as a junior and a senior, accumulating 38 receptions for 465 yards and two touchdowns as a Knight. Nissley ranked fourth all-time among UCF tight ends with 21 catches in 2011, and will join an Atlanta organization which just traded for Asante Samuel who played for the Knights from 1999-02.

Linam saw time in 24 of UCF's 25 games from 2008-09, racking up 20 tackles along the way. He ultimately broke out in 2010 as the Knights' starting middle linebacker where he had 78 tackles and four break-ups. As a senior captain, Linam amassed 66 tackles with a pair of sacks. A native of Tavares, Fla., he was voted onto the Academic All-District Team and the C-USA All-Academic Team his final two seasons.

One of the most consistent long snappers in UCF history, Hughlett began receiving honors immediately with the Knights when he was voted onto the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2008. The Tampa native appeared in all 51 games from 2008-11 including two bowl games, and was named to the All-C-USA Second Team in 2010 and 2011.



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