Eagles release Riverhead’s Miguel Maysonet

05/20/2013 9:57 AM |

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, a Riverhead High graduate, rushed for 220 yards against Army this season.

Miguel Maysonet’s run with the Philadelphia Eagles is over.

The Riverhead native was released by the team Monday morning, according to the Eagles’ website. CSNPhilly.com had previously reported his imminent release.

Maysonet’s days in Philadelphia appeared numbered after the Eagles signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones last week. That move all but ended the local man’s chances of securing the third spot on the depth chart in new head coach Chip Kelly’s lightning fast spread offense.

Under NFL rules, Maysonet will retain the $10,000 signing bonus the club gave him after he signed immediately following the NFL Draft. While he had been projected as a late round pick, no team selected him during the three-day event.

There could still be more teams interested in the Riverhead product. Maysonet and his agent received several phone calls during the draft from other teams interested in signing him, he said that day. The Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins all called, he said.

Maysonet capped off his college career at Stony Brook University with a jaw-dropping 2012 senior season that landed him the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

Maysonet was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He ended up second in the voting, which was announced during a ceremony Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

Maysonet was named to a bevy of All-American teams following the season, including the Associated Press first team.

At 5-foot-10, 210-pounds, Maysonet rushed for 1,964 yards this season, tops in the FCS. He scored 23 touchdowns to join former Stony Brook running back Brock Jackolski as the only players in Big South history with a 20-touchdown season.

His rushing total was the 11th most yards in a season in FCS history.

He helped lead Stony Brook to a 10-3 season that ended in the second round of the FCS playoffs against Montana State. Maysonet scored two touchdowns in the Seawolves’ playoff victory over Villanova.

gparpan@timesreview.com