The University of Montana’s Caleb McSurdy was selected in the 7th round of the

2012 National Football League draft by the Dallas Cowboys Saturday.  He was the 222nd player chosen.

McSurdy is the second former Griz player chosen in this year’s  NFL draft, as cornerback

Trumaine Johnson was picked in the third round Friday by the St. Louis Rams.  The draft process began Thursday with the first round, followed by second and third round picks on Friday, and then rounds four through seven were held Saturday.

A 6-1, 250-pound middle linebacker from Boise, Idaho, McSurdy was one of the

most prolific tacklers in school history with 293 career tackles, which ranks

him 10th all-time.  He played in 56 games and started in 25 in a row

in his junior and senior seasons.McSurdy had an

exceptional season as a senior and was named a first team All-American by the

American Football Coaches Association, The Sports Network,

Associated Press, Phil Steele, and College Sporting News Fab

He was voted the Big Sky Conference’s “Defensive Player of the Year”

and was a first team all-league selection.  He was ranked fourth in the Big Sky

and 45th in the nation in tackles with 9.36 a game, and he had 10 or

more tackles in seven contests.