Former University of Akron running back Quentin Hines, an undrafted free agent, agreed to terms with the New England Patriots at the conclusion of the weekend’s NFL Draft, according to published reports.

Hines, who saw limited action with the Zips gaining 194 yards on 35 carries for a 6.5 average, was one of 16 free agents that the Pats signed. He grabbed the attention of NFL teams at his pro day at UA, where he ran a sub-4.4 40-yard dash and had a standing long jump of more than 11 feet. He reports to the Patriots in two weeks.

Patriots sign KSU’s Kline

Former Kent State offensive lineman Josh Kline signed a free-agent contract with the Patriots Saturday night, not long after the conclusion of the NFL Draft.

“[New England] contacted me, saying they were one of the teams looking at me to sign right away after the draft was over,” said Kline, a second-team All-Mid-American Conference selection last year. “I had five offers on the table, and New England was giving me the highest number. So I went with them right after the draft.”

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder played right guard during his last season and a half with Kent and will work at guard and center with the Patriots.

Buckeyes at night

Ohio State says it will open its conference play against Wisconsin in one of the Buckeyes’ three Big Ten matchups scheduled as prime-time telecasts this season.

The television schedule includes Ohio State home games at night against the Badgers on Sept. 28 and against Penn State on Oct. 26.

Those games at Ohio Stadium will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, as will the Oct. 5 visit to Northwestern.

Dapper Dan applications

Dapper Dan is seeking applications for youth sports funding. The deadline is May 20. Send your application to Bob Meeker at 19 N. High St., Akron, 44308 or call 330-253-3337.


Four former Mount Union football players agreed to NFL free-agent deals, including wide receiver Jasper Collins with the Miami Dolphins, wide receiver Chris Denton with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, linebacker Charles Dieuseul with the New York Giants and defensive back Nick Driskill with the Indianapolis Colts.


Four Canton Charge players received All-NBA Development League honors.

Guards Jorge Gutierrez and Kyle Gibson and centers Arinze Onuaku and Michael Eric were recognized.

— Staff and wire reports