MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Marshall’s Justin Rohrwasser was the first kicker selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was taken in the fifth round by the New England Patriots with the 159th pick.
Rohrwasser is in line to replace veteran Stephen Gostkowski. He was 33-of-42 on field goal attempts in his two seasons with the Herd. In his senior season, he was good on 18-of-21 field goal opportunities and was 7-of-8 from 40 yards or longer. He also booted a game-winning 53-yarder as time expired to defeat Western Kentucky. Rohrwasser also handled kickoff duties.
Rohrwasser opened his college career at the University of Rhode Island in 2015 and 2016, connecting on fifteen of his twenty field goal attempts. The URI campus is located about on hour south of the home of the Patriots, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.
Chris Jackson picked by Tennessee
Safety Chris Jackson was the second member of the Thundering Herd selected in the draft. He was picked by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round with the 243rd pick. Jackson played in 49 games at Marshall, racking up 189 tackles with 45 pass breakups.