Huskies Invited To NFL Combine

Feb. 9, 2007

SEATTLE - Former University of Washington football standouts Dashon Goldson and Isaiah Stanback have been invited to participate in the 25th annual National Invitational Camp, more commonly known as the NFL Scouting Combine, later this month in Indianapolis, Ind.

Scheduled for Feb. 21-27, top executives, coaches, player personnel staff and medical personnel from all 32 National Football League teams will be in attendance to evaluate the nation's top college football players who ar eeligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. The intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL.

Goldson, who registered three tackles (all solo) last month in the 82nd annual East-West Shrine Game in Houston, recently concluded his career as a defensive back at Washington. The Carson, Calif. native played just three seasons after transferring from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Goldson concluded his career with 194 total tackles and four interceptions, including a 76-yard pickoff return for a touchdown against USC as a junior.

Despite missing the final five games of his senior season due to injury, Stanback concluded his career as one of Washington's most versatile quarterbacks ever. The Seattle native was considered among the front-runners for Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year honors before he suffered aa tarsometatarsal articulation of the right foot (commonly referred to as a Lisfranc injury ) against Oregon State.

Prior to his injury, Stanback ranked second in the Pac-10 and 22nd nationally in total offense and led the Huskies to a 4-3 record and 2-2 mark in league play, including a six-point loss at third-ranked USC. In seven games, Stanback rushed for 350 total yards and passed for 1,325, accounting for 239.3 yards per game.

Stanback indicated he will undergo all throwing and lifting drills at the combine, but is not yet able to participate in running and speed testing due to the recovery from his mid-October surgery.

According to its website ( National Invitational Camp began in 1982 when National Football Scouting, Inc. first conducted a camp for its member NFL clubs in Tampa, Florida. The key purpose then, same as it is today, was to ascertain medical information on the top draft eligible prospects in college football. The inaugural NIC was attended by a total of 163 players and established a foundation for future expansion.

During the first three years, two additional camps were held at different times to collect similar information for teams that did not belong to National Football Scouting. However, in 1985 all 28 NFL teams decided they would participate in future National Invitational Camps with the goal of sharing costs for the medical examinations of draft eligible players. After brief stints in New Orleans (1984, 1986) and Arizona (1985) the camp was moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where it has been operated since 1987.

As football and the art of evaluating players has evolved, so has the NFL Scouting Combine. While medical examinations remain the number one priority of the event, athletes will also participate in a variety of psychological and physical tests, as well as, formal and informal interviews with top executives, coaches and scouts from all 32 NFL teams. NIC is the ultimate four day job interview for the top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.

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