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Patriots release rookie P Mike Dragosavich

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released rookie punter Mike Dragosavich today. Dragosavich was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 5, 2008.

Dragosavich, 22, finished his four-year college career at North Dakota State University as the school's all-time leader in punting average (44.5 yards per punt). The 6-foot-5, 190-pound punter collected 158 career punts for 7,025 yards with 32 touchbacks, seven fair catches and 61 punts inside the 20-yard line. Dragosavich led the Great West Football Conference in punting during his senior season last year with an average of 45.4 yards per punt with 27 punts for 1,225 yards, eight touchbacks and 11 punts inside the 20-yard line. In 2006 with the Bison, he had 30 punts for 1,385 yards, seven touchbacks and 14 punts inside the 20-yard line. Dragosavich registered a career-long 79-yard punt at Southern Illinois while tallying 47 punts for 2,186 yards, 11 touchbacks and 20 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2005 as a sophomore. He notched career bests with 54 punt attempts and 2,229 yards as a freshman in 2004.

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