New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today the club has signed a trio of rookie free agents – running back Herb Donaldson, offensive tackle Jabari Greer/Augustus Parrish.aspx">Augustus Parrish and wide receiver Chris Vaughn and waived wide receiver Biren Ealyand tight end Kolo Kapanui.
· Donaldson is a 5-11, 220-pound running back from Western Illinois who led Division I college football in rushing and scoring as a senior for the Leathernecks in 2008, averaging 162.2 rushing yards and 12.0 points per game (1,784 yards and 22 all-purpose touchdowns, 21 rushing). The St. Louis native was named an FCS first-team All-American and was the Missouri Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year. For his career, Donaldson rushed for 4,746 yards on 828 carries (5.7-yard average) and 50 touchdowns. He had three seasons of 1,400-plus yards and reached double-digits in touchdowns in all three of those years. He caught 36 career passes for 225 yards and an additional score. He holds the conference record with 23 career 100-yard rushing games.
· A three-year starter at left tackle at Kent State, Parrish (6-5, 305) closed his college career with back-to-back second-team All-Mid-American Conference seasons. The Temple Hills, Md. native started 35 games out of the 42 he played. He helped lead the Golden Flashes to consecutive seasons of averaging more than 200 yards rushing per game in his junior and senior years.
· Vaughn, a 6-3, 220-pound wide receiver played in 25 games for the Cardinals over three seasons after transferring to Louisville from Notre Dame, where he played in six games and caught one pass as a freshman. He totaled 25 receptions for Louisville, good for 238 yards and the native of New Haven, Conn. posted career-bests with 19 grabs for 173 yards in his senior season.
The Saints will hold their annual rookie minicamp this weekend with practices scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 8-10.