Friday, March 30, 2012

BYU Pro Day 2012

Representatives from more than half of the teams in the National Football League (NFL) attended the Brigham Young Cougars annual pro day. Eleven former Cougars, ten from the 2011 football team, worked out for the NFL scouts.

For Matt Reynolds and Hebron Fangupo, this was their second audition for scouts after they participated in the NFL Scouting Combine approximately one month ago in Indianapolis, Indiana. They both used the pro day to build on their previous performance.

Reynolds started at left tackle for four years at BYU, and NFL scouts have been watching him for quite some time. He wasn’t inspiring at the Combine as he battled a sprained ankle. Pro Day was a different story. Reynolds displayed good movement during position drills. In the 40-yard dash, he ran an impressive 5.12 seconds, which would have been sixth best at the Combine. His 7.63 seconds in the three cone drill would have tied for ninth at the Combine, and 4.64 seconds in the short shuttle would have been ninth at the Combine.

The results of Fangupo’s tests haven’t been released. Scouts were impressed with how well he moved such a big body. Fangupo is well know for his power, and he didn’t disappoint in that area, but he was also able to move very well in every direction.

The other members of the 2011 team who participated were Jordan Pendleton, J.J. Di Luigi, McKay Jacobson, Terrence Brown, Corby Eason, Matt Putnam, Travis Uale, and Jameson Frazier.

Pendleton is still recovering from the knee injury he sustained in the TCU game; therefore, he did not do any of the timed drills or position work. He did do the bench press, and confirmed what everyone already knew: he is a beast. Pendleton put up 30 reps of 225 pounds, which would have tied for fourth at the Combine.

Offensive lineman Terrence Brown did 25 reps on the bench.

Running back J.J. Di Luigi understands his opportunities in the NFL will be limited, but he hopes that a team will pick him up to contribute on special teams and because of his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and out of the slot. He showed well in the 40, so he just might get that shot.

Max Hall participated by throwing passes for guys like Di Luigi and Jacobson. It was a de facto audition for Hall as well. He is an NFL free agent this year.

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