Stanford Hosts Pro-Timing Day
March 20, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford, Calif. - A total of 14 former Stanford football players showcased their talents before over 30 professional scouts today on the Stanford campus as part of Pro-Timing Day. Participating in the workouts were defensive end Emmanuel Awofadeju, place kicker Derek Belch, wide receiver Mark Bradford, linebacker Landon Johnson, offensive lineman Tim Mattran, wide receiver Evan Moore, quarterback T.C. Ostrander, punter Jay Ottovegio, defensive back Nick Sanchez, defensive back Tim Sims and defensive end Udeme Udofia.
The day consisted of classroom testing, weight room evaluations, on-field agility drills and football specific position drills. Pro Timing Day at Stanford operates with a similar format to The NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis each February.
The most impressive performance on the day was put in by wide receiver Mark Bradford. Bradford improved his NFL Combine times in the 40 yard dash (4.49), vertical jump (41') and standing broad jump (11' 1').
Wide receiver Evan Moore also improved on several of his NFL Combine marks, measuring a 35' in the vertical leap, compared to the 27' effort recorded in Indianapolis. He also impressed in the weight room with 19 bench reps of 225 lbs.
Quarterback T.C. Ostrander looked crisp in his 18-minute workout with Bradford and Moore. The workout consisted of short, intermediate and deep throws, following a detailed script designed by 'Quarterback Guru' Roger Theder.
'It's very satisfying [to have performed well],' said Bradford. 'You've been going through all of this preparation for the last three or four months for this day. Just coming here and being able to make up for the day I had at the NFL Scouting Combine, it really feels good. It feels like a culmination of all of the work we've been doing.'
'I felt like I made big improvements from the NFL Scouting Combine,' said Moore. 'I improved eight inches in my vertical, did a lot better in the bench press and much better in the 40-yard dash as well. I feel like today I gave a better representation of what I am, and that's satisfying.'
Said Ostrander, 'It's good to have that added pressure and incentive [that Pro Timing Day brings]. Everybody was really ready to show what they can do, and I thought we looked pretty good. The general consensus was that the attitude was pretty positive and everybody put their best foot forward. For myself, I thought I came out here and threw some good balls. It could always be better, but I'm pleased with it.'
Mattran, Sanchez and Sims also increased their NFL stock with impressive measurements throughout the day. Highlights for the trio included a 31 1/2 ' vertical jump by Mattran, a 6.73 on the 3-Cone by Sanchez and a 4.45 40 yard dash, 41' vertical and 11' broad jump for Sims.
Over the last 10 years, a total of 35 Stanford players have been chosen in the NFL Draft, including 26 since 2002.
This year's NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-27 in New York City.
For more information on the NFL Draft and Pro Timing Day, go to NFL.com.
Stanford opens the 2008 regular season on August 28 against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium. For ticket information, please go to gostanford.com or call 1-800-STANFORD.