March 8, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football had 11 former student-athletes work out in front of National Football League (NFL) scouts on Thursday in USU's annual "Pro Day." Scouts evaluated a handful of former Aggies who are draft eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Participating in this year's Pro Day event included offensive guard Funaki Asisi, defensive back Alfred Bowden, linebacker Kyle Gallagher, offensive guard Phillip Gapelu, defensive back Chris Harris, tight end Tarren Llyod, wide receiver Xavier Martin, defensive back Walter McClenton, wide receiver Stanley Morrison, running back Michael Smith and running back Robert Turbin.
Performance tests were held in the Laub Indoor Practice Facility where players had their height, weight and wing span measured. The participants then preformed tests including vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, shuttle run, three-cone pro agility run and the 40-yard dash.
Highlighting Thursday's action was Smith who ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, while Martin posted a 4.49 and Morrison close behind with a 4.52. Smith once again excelled in the broad jump, clearing 10'6", with Lloyd right behind him with a 10'3" jump. Smith would shine once again in the vertical jump recording a 40.5, which was the best jump of the day. Gapelu posted 30 reps in the 225-pound bench press, followed closely by Asisi who mustered 27, while Smith checked in with 23.
"It was a great experience. A lot of scouts came out to look at Robert Turbin and me, and all the other athletes like Stanley Morrison. It was great," Smith said. "I did really well from what they are telling me, I don't know my numbers yet. I was just focused on doing everything well and to just keep working hard each and every day."
There were 15 NFL scouts on hand for Pro Day. Following the test and drills, some scouts put several players through separate drills, such as Smith and Turbin running routes and catching passes.
"I feel like I did a decent job, got exposed to some different things that I had never seen before. I will take those things that I learned and work on them and do everything that I can to improve," Turbin said.
Utah State's top prospects, running back Robert Turbin and linebacker Bobby Wagner both were invited to participate in the NFL Combine last week in Indianapolis. Wagner was unable to attend the Combine due to illness. Turbin turned in an impressive outing, highlighted by tying with Boise State running back Doug Martin for most reps, as both were able to complete 28 reps. Turbin also recorded the fourth-best broad jump with a 10'2" jump and posted a 4.50 40 yard-dash time.
Several former Southern Utah players were on hand to participate in Thursdays event, including running back Austin Minefee, linebacker Tyler Osborne, defensive lineman Dion Turner, wide receiver Jared Ursua and defensive back Erron Vonner. USU former long snapper Patrick Scales also took part in Thursday's drills.
Teams' pro days are one of the many tools used by NFL teams in preparation for the NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday-Saturday, Apr. 26-28 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Round one is Thursday, April 26. Rounds two and three will be Friday, April 27, with rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 28.
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