FOXBOROUGH, Mass.- The New England Patriots announced the signing of rookie free agent lineman Dave Petruziello today. Subsequently, the team also announced the release of rookie free agent Kyle Croskey.
Petruziello, 23, was a four-year letterman at Michigan. The 6-foot-4-inch, 297-pound lineman was originally recruited from Lake Catholic High School in 1998 as a defensive lineman. He redshirted that year, but lettered as a red-shirt freshman in 1999, appearing in six games as a defensive end and defensive tackle. He appeared in all 12 games as a sophomore, including three starts, and recorded his first career sack at Northwestern. The following season, he made the transition in the trenches, moving from defensive line to offensive line. He started 10 of 12 games for the Wolverines as a junior and all 13 games as a senior. During his career, he played in four bowl games, concluding his collegiate career with a 38-30 victory over Florida in the 2003 Outback Bowl on January 1.
Croskey, 22, signed with the Patriots on May 2, 2003 as a rookie free agent from Central Michigan following the recent NFL draft.