Former Aberdeen standout earns praise from Carroll

Seahawks head coach commends Joel Dublanko after Steelers loss

Former Aberdeen Wildcat and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Joel Dublanko has garnered praise from head coach Pete Carroll after a solid performance in a 32-25 exhibition loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Dublanko was among the Hawks’ statistical leaders with eight tackles, earning praise from Carroll, who noted the undrafted free agent could be in line for a roster spot.

“Shoot, man, he made a good impression,” said Carroll, according to “He has made a good impression. There’s an opportunity at linebacker for somebody to work their way in and fit into the special teams unit. With Jonny (Rhattigan) not being up and going, this is a good opportunity for him. He’s going to get a lot of action this week, he’ll play a lot. So for the town of Aberdeen, you ought to show up. Be early, he’s going to be out there.”

Dublanko originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in April after a successful college career at the University of Cincinnati, but was dropped by the Saints in May.

Dublanko, who played for Aberdeen from 2012-15, signed with the Seahawks as part of their 90-man roster on Aug. 5.