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Chicago Bears sign former IU cornerback Rashard Fant



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Defensive back Rashard Fant celebrates after breaking up a pass against Wisconsin on Nov. 4 at Memorial Stadium. Fant was signed by the Chicago Bears on Saturday after going undrafted.  Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Former IU cornerback Rashard Fant was signed by the Chicago Bears on Saturday as an undrafted free agent after not being selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

The signing was confirmed in a Twitter post made from the IU football account.

Fant spent five seasons with the IU football program, but redshirted the 2013 season. The past four seasons saw Fant dominate in the IU secondary, as he is IU's all-time leader in passes defended (58) and pass breakups (53). 

Over the course of Fant's 49 games and 36 starts with the Hoosiers, he amassed 132 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He also spent time returning punts.

In 2015, Fant led the Big Ten with 22 pass breakups and made his first career interception against Duke in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. The following season saw Fant also lead the Big Ten in pass breakups with 17, and passes defended with 20. This led to Fant being named a Second Team All-Big Ten selection by the media. 

Fant was also a Second Team All-Big Ten media selection in 2017 and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. He was supposed to participate in activities in the NFL Combine, but tore his pectoral muscle during the bench press.

Cameron Drummond

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