By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have selected former Bakersfield College receiver Rishard Matthews in the seventh and final round of the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-2 Matthews, who finished his college career at the University of Nevada, caught 54 passes for 759 yards and six touchdowns in 2009 for the Renegades.
He had 91 receptions for 1,364 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Nevada. He was the 227th player selected overall, and the second receiver taken by the Dolphins on the final day of the draft.
"I was told by people I was going in the fourth or fifth round," said Matthews, a Santa Ana native who watched the draft with his family. "I'm just living the dream; I just wanted my name to be called."
Matthews joins a Miami team that used the eighth overall pick to select quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who is ecpected to compete for the starting job.
"They got an excellent quarterback in Tannehill, and another excellent receiver ( B.J. Cunningham from Michigan State in the sixth round). I just want to go in there and contribute as much as possible."
Matthews was the second former Renegade taken in the draft -- defensive end Tyrone Crawford was selected by the Dallas Cowboysin the third round Friday.
Locals sign as free agents
Former Bakersfield High offensive lineman Justin Cheadle signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to numerous reports.
Running back Princeton McCarty (West High, Idaho) signed a free-agent deal with Carolina, said former Frontier High coach Rich Cornford, who coached McCarty at West High.
BC track and field
MOOREPARK-- Bakersfield College had a big day at the Western State Conference Finals at Moorepark College that saw eight women -- including two relay teams -- and 10 men -- including a pair of relay teams -- advance to the Southern California Finals next weekend at San Diego Mesa College. Chris Schwartz was the top finisher for the Renegades, winning the 5000 (15:22.47) and finishing second in the 1500 (3:50.48).
CSUB water polo
LA HOIJA -- Cal State Bakersfield goalie made three saves on three consecutive Sonoma State power play chances as the Roadrunners won 13-11 in the consolation semifinals of the Western Water Polo Association Tournament.
Sam Schead and Bianca Adams each scored four goals for the Roadrunners. CSUB will face Colorado State today for fifth place.