Former West Virginia University outside linebacker Terence Garvin was a rookie free agent signee by the Pittsburgh Steelers after undergoing a successful tryout at rookie mini-camp last week, the team announced today
Garvin played in 47 career games for the Mountaineers, starting 37, and earned AP Big 12 honorable mention honors during a senior season in which he led WVU in sacks (six) and ranked 27th in the conference in total tackles with 77. Garvin was also sixth in the Big 12 with two fumble recoveries.
Garvin was one of the few bright spots in West Virginia’s Pinstripe Bowl loss to Syracuse last December, tying his career high with three tackles for losses and two sacks while also forcing and recovering a fumble.
Garvin, who played his first three years at safety, had three consecutive 70-tackle seasons and finished his career with 235 total stops.
Garvin is one of three former Mountaineers to sign free agent rookie contracts with the Steelers so far this year, joining center Joey Madsen and wide receiver JD Woods.
A total of six WVU players have now signed rookie free agent deals; the others are offensive guard Jeff Braun with the Ravens, fullback Shawne Alston with the Saints and offensive guard Josh Jenkins with the Seahawks.
Wide receiver Tavon Austin went in the first round of last month’s NFL draft to the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Geno Smith was a second-round choice of the New York Jets and wide receiver Stedman Bailey went in the third round to the Rams.