The Carolina Panthers, who will celebrate "Fan Fest" Friday in Charlotte, have announced that wide receiver DeAndre Presley will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List because stress fracture. Presley, who played at Appalachian State University, is in his third year of professional
football. He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers in May of 2012, but was placed on waivers in August of that season.
Presley was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and played in four games for Miami in between two stints on the Dolphins' practice squad. He did not record any statistics.
He spent the first four games on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on October 3. Presley made his NFL debut at Cincinnati on October 7, and he played in the next three games prior to being waived on November 6, and then re-signed to the practice squad two days later for the final eight games of the 2012 season.
Presley spent time on the practice squad between Miami and Carolina. in 2013. He began the season on the Dolphins' practice squad and was terminated after one game on September 10. The Panthers signed him to the practice squad by the Panthers eight days later, where he remained for the last 14 regular season games and the postseason. The Panthers signed him as a free agent on January 14 of this year.
Presley was the starting quarterback at App State in 2010 and led the Mountaineers to the Football Championship Series playoffs, where they lost to Villanova in the second round. Presley played in 45 games at App State.
He lined up at quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback in addition to returning punts and kicks his senior year. Presley completed 318-of-522 passes for 3,911 yards and 27 touchdowns with 13 interceptions. He rushed 304 times for 1,629 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also made eight receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown during his senior season.
Defensively, Presley made 22 tackles, he defensed two passes, and he forced two fumbles. On special teams, Presley returned four punts for 19 yards and nine kickoffs for 204 yards. He ranks in the top ten in school history in 25 different statistical categories.
He finished third in the voting for the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation's top FCS player, as a junior after becoming the 13th player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season---amassing 3,670 yards of total offense and accounting for 35 touchdowns.
Photo Courtesy: DeAndre Presley, App State Athletics