Though neither Will Tye nor Adrian Coxson became the first player in Stony Brook history to be drafted by the NFL, both will have the chance to play in the league.
Coxson, a wide receiver from Baltimore, signed with the Green Bay Packers Saturday and Tye, a tight end from Middletown, Connecticut, received an invite to Kansas City Chiefs minicamp, according to multiple reports.
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"I'm blessed to be in this position," said Coxson, who caught 43 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns last season. "I am ready to play for the Green Bay Packers and show them what I can do."
He added that he is fulfilling a childhood goal he set when playing Pop Warner football.
"He's a kid that has all the measurables," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said of Coxson, who is 6-1 and 215 pounds and ran a 4.28 40-yard dash at Stony Brook's pro day. "Hopefully he can make an impression."
Coxson played for Stony Brook for three seasons after transferring from Maryland after his freshman season. He finished his collegiate career with 86 catches for 1,425 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The 6-3, 260-pound Tye, who transferred from Florida State, caught 34 passes for 495 yards and five touchdowns as a senior last season. He also ran a 4.48 40 at Stony Brook's pro day, which was faster than any tight end at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"He's got tremendous athleticism for somebody his size," Priore said. "He can really move. He's got great instincts."
Tye played the last two seasons at Stony Brook. After redshirting during his freshman year at Florida State, he appeared in only eight games in two seasons with the Seminoles, catching one pass for 7 yards.
At Stony Brook, he made an immediate impact and finished his college career with 80 catches for 1,022 yards and nine touchdowns. He was a second-team All-CAA selection in 2014.
"He's obviously a very good route-runner who understands how to get open against certain coverages," Priore said. "He can line up in the backfield, line up at tight end [or] flex out at wide receiver. His ability to do different things will be his biggest strength."
Priore said having players get NFL attention is good for his team as a whole.
"It's awesome for the guys," he said. "These kids work very hard; a lot of them have talent. It's great for our program to have that type of attention.
"We're real excited for both of them," Priore said of Coxson and Tye. "I know they'll take full advantage of the opportunity."