Bernstein Signs with Baltimore Ravens

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Alex Bernstein (Aspen, CO), a defensive tackle on the Amherst College football team, signed as a free agent with the Balimore Ravens yesterday at the conclusion of the NFL draft. The 6'4"-315 lb. senior is scheduled to attend the Ravens' rookie camp this weekend.

Bernstein joins a list of Amherst graduates who have made an impact in the NFL. Jean Fugett (Amherst '72) was an All-Pro tight end with the Washington Redskins in 1977 after being taken by Dallas in the 13th round of the 1972 draft. Two years later, the Baltimore Colts drafted wide receiver Freddie Scott in 1974. Inside linebacker Doug Swift (Amherst '70) and defensive lineman/linebacker Sean Clancy (Amherst '78) also played in the NFL after both sig

The linebacker finished his collegiate career last fall as the backbone of the No. 1 scoring defense in all of Division III. Allowing opponents only 1,653 yards all season, the Jeffs held the competition to a mere 8.4 points per game as the fifth best defense in the nation. Bernstein played a critical role as the team's third leading tackler (61 hits, 14 solo) with seven hits for a loss of 32 yards, in addition to three sacks. The political science major earned a long list of awards including recognition as a member of the AFCA Division III Coaches' All-America team.

The Jeffs posted a 7-1 record as the 1996 NESCAC Champions with their best season in over a decade. Jumping out to a perfect 7-0 start, Amherst shut out Bowdoin (46-0) and Colby (34-0) before registering a 24-7 victory over Trinity in a battle of the unbeatens. Though the team will sorely miss Bernstein's presence on the field in 1997, the Jeffs return 13 of 22 starters with high expectations for another successful season.

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