When the weekend's NFL draft ended and his name was not among the 254 called, Louisiana College senior offensive tackle Jeremy Vujnovich was admittedly disappointed. But, that disappointment would not last long.
Shorty after the last pick was made, Vujnovich received a text from his agent. It said, "Congratulations, you're going to Green Bay."
"I couldn't believe it. I couldn't stop smiling," Vujnovich said.
The first call made was to his father, Frank, then it was the announcement on Twitter: "Green bay it is!!! #timetogrind."
Green Bay, of courses, meant the Green Bay Packers, one of the teams that was looking to upgrade its offensive line in the draft.
"I don't know much about them," Vujnovich said. "I think I have a good shot. I'll work hard and make the best of the opportunity."
In the 6-5, 295-pound Vujnovich, the Packers will get a Division III player that many feel grew to the level of a Division I player after coming to LC from Belle Chasse, LA.
In 2012, Vujnovich, one of the best pass blockers and overall linemen in school history, graded out at a team-leading 93 percent with 27 pancake blocks. Also a two-time 1st Team All-ASC member, Vujnovich protected the blind side for quarterback Jamie Bunting, who produced just the third 3,000 yard passing season in school history. Bunting and Ryan Montague formed the first 3,000 yard passer/1,000 yard rusher combination in LC history. He was named second team All-Louisiana and second team All-South.
"I just want to tell the coaches, 'thank you.' I wouldn't be where I am without them," Vujnovich said. "Coach Richard made me into the player that I am along with Coach (Dennis) Dunn, Coach (Clay) Matchett and all the other coaches."
Vujnovich is scheduled to graduate May 11 with a degree in criminal justice. He wasn't sure yet whether he would miss the ceremony since his agent had not given him all the details about when the Packers will hold their rookie mini-camp.
Suffice it to say, if he does have to miss graduation, wearing the green and gold instead of orange and blue that day won't be a bad trade-off.
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