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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

    Spurrier takes jab at ESPN, USC for airing of Trojan pro day
    By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
    March 28, 2013 1:03 pm ET

    BREAKING NEWS: Steve Spurrier has opinions. And he has no problem sharing them.

    Well, all right, that's not so much news as it is a rite of the SEC offseason as ingrained as sunshine at spring games and insanity at media days. So maybe the biggest surprise concerning the Ol' Ball Coach's comments Wednesday about ESPN electing to air that other USC's pro day over South Carolina's is that he didn't rub any more salt in the Trojans' wounds than he did. From the State and reporter Josh Kendall:

    “I noticed both USCs had their pro timing day today,” Spurrier told The State. “One of them finished No. 7 in the country last year, the other was not in the Top 25, yet ESPN decided to go out to the one in California which did not finish in the Top 25 and televise their pro timing day live. It's interesting that (ESPN doesn't) come around here on signing day, they don't come around here on pro timing day, and yet they want us to play all these Thursday night games for them, which we do.

    “Maybe we need to consider playing on that new network, what is it? Fox Sports Live?”
    It's Fox Sports 1, and an SEC team will appear on it the day pigs fly in a bacon-powered rockertship to the moon. If pushed, we'd bet even Spurrier could explain the World Wide Leader's decision -- the Trojans are an easy cover for ESPN's Los Angeles production center, their pro day featured arguably the most notable first-round quarterback prospect in Matt Barkley, and they simply have a larger national following.

    But Spurrier doesn't really care about any of that -- he cares about standing up for his team, his players (particularly Marcus Lattimore, who earned cheers from scouts for his game-of-limited efforts in the Gamecocks' pro day drills), his program and his fans. This kind of us-against-The-Man chippiness isn't just the OBC throwing the Gamecocks faithful a bone, it's him offering up an entire slab of juicy red meat.

    So we don't blame him at all for taking a jab at ESPN and Lane Kiffin. It just doesn't mean that jab landed, necessarily.


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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

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    Spurrier takes jab at ESPN, USC for airing of Trojan pro day
    By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer
    March 28, 2013 1:03 pm ET

    BREAKING NEWS: Steve Spurrier has opinions. And he has no problem sharing them.

    Well, all right, that's not so much news as it is a rite of the SEC offseason as ingrained as sunshine at spring games and insanity at media days. So maybe the biggest surprise concerning the Ol' Ball Coach's comments Wednesday about ESPN electing to air that other USC's pro day over South Carolina's is that he didn't rub any more salt in the Trojans' wounds than he did. From the State and reporter Josh Kendall:



    It's Fox Sports 1, and an SEC team will appear on it the day pigs fly in a bacon-powered rockertship to the moon. If pushed, we'd bet even Spurrier could explain the World Wide Leader's decision -- the Trojans are an easy cover for ESPN's Los Angeles production center, their pro day featured arguably the most notable first-round quarterback prospect in Matt Barkley, and they simply have a larger national following.

    But Spurrier doesn't really care about any of that -- he cares about standing up for his team, his players (particularly Marcus Lattimore, who earned cheers from scouts for his game-of-limited efforts in the Gamecocks' pro day drills), his program and his fans. This kind of us-against-The-Man chippiness isn't just the OBC throwing the Gamecocks faithful a bone, it's him offering up an entire slab of juicy red meat.

    So we don't blame him at all for taking a jab at ESPN and Lane Kiffin. It just doesn't mean that jab landed, necessarily.
    I don't think Steve Spurrier or any SEC coach for that matter, should complain about ESPN's coverage of the SEC.

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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

    steve spurrier is a moron...

    oh yea, south carolina is relevant for like two years...and just because they're ranked means they deserve more press? Please....

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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

    Marcus Lattimore has an emotional pro day
    By Gil Brandt |
    Published: March 30th, 2013

    There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. The scouts who attended enjoyed the well-run pro day.

    Marcus Lattimore RB (5-11 7/8, 219 pounds) – He did not do any sprints or jumps, but he did go through workout that approved by his medical team, however, Lattimore did catch the football in a stationary position. The entire South Carolina football team and Lattimore’s mother gave Lattimore a loud ovation after he completed his final workout. One scout said that as many pro days he’s attended he’s never seen a player get applauded for a workout. This kid is one of the nicest people you’ll ever come across. His mother and step father are just wonderful people. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. He was a very, very good football player. It looks right now like he’s battled all the odds and he’s going to win and get a chance to play in the NFL. It’s unbelievable what he’s accomplished after a devastating injury in his last year at South Carolina.

    Justice Cunningham TE (6-3, 251 pounds) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.87 seconds. He recorded a 35.5-inch vertical jump. He has long arms at 34 inches. He recorded 17 strength lifts. Cunningham is keeping his combine numbers. He is not a pass catcher as much as he is a blocker at tight end.

    Devonte Holloman OLB (6-1, 240 pounds) – He ran the 40-yard dash once and completed it in 4.76 seconds. He recorded a 34-inch vertical jump and kept the rest of his numbers from the combine. He had a good workout.

    T.J. Johnson C (6-4 , 309 pounds) – He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 and 5.23 seconds. He kept everything else from the combine. Johnson hurt his right hamstring after attempting his second 40-yard dash, which is the reason why he didn’t finish nor have positional workouts.

    Ace Sanders WR (5-7, 175 pounds) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 and 4.59 seconds and recorded a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He kept everything else from the combine. Sanders worked out as a wide receiver.

    D.J. Swearinger S (5-10, 205 pounds) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.65 seconds and kept everything else from the combine. Swearinger had a very, very good workout.

    Devin Taylor DE (6-7 , 273 pounds) –- He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds and recorded 16 strength lifts. They worked him out as both a defensive end with his hand on the ground and a guy that plays in space. If the light ever goes on and Taylor realizes how good he can be, somebody will get a really good player.

    Byron Jerideau NT (6-0, 334 pounds) – He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.16 and 5.16 seconds. He recorded a 25-inch vertical jump and a 7-foot-9 broad jump. He completed the short shuttle drill in 4.88 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.62 seconds. He recorded an impressive 37 strength lifts. He could be a priority free agent.

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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

    Florida State OT Menelik Watson impresses at pro day
    By Gil Brandt |
    Published: March 30th, 2013

    There were 32 teams represented at Florida State Pro Day on March 19. They ran outdoors and the field was damp due to prior rain. It was about 70 degrees.

    Tank Carradine DL (6-4 3/8, 275 pounds) — He recorded 32 bench presses, but will do another workout April 4 at Woodward High School in Cincinnati.

    Everett Dawkins DL (6-2 , 291 pounds) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.00 and 5.02 seconds. He kept the rest of the combine results. Dawkins did well in positional workouts.

    Dustin Hopkins K (6-2 , 192 pounds) — He has an extremely strong leg and ended his workout by kicking a 50-yard field goal.

    Brandon Jenkins DE (6-3, 247 pounds) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.07 and 5.09 seconds but but kept his vertical and broad jump from the combine. He ran the short shuttle drill in 4.48 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. Jenkins recorded 19 strength lifts. He is a player who was pretty good two years ago but has not been the same since.

    EJ Manuel QB (6-4 238 pounds) — He was put through a scripted workout. It was designed to allow people to see what he can do on roll-outs and boot-leg passes. He performed very well.

    Nick Moody OLB (6-1 3/8 236 pounds) — He ran one time, a 4.68 in the 40-yard dash. He pulled his quad muscle on the second 40 and did not finish. He recorded a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. He will be a very good special teams player.

    Lonnie Pryor RB (5-11 , 224 pounds) – He kept everything he performed at the combine. He had a good workout.

    Greg Reid CB (5-8 , 189 pounds) — He ran a the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds. Reid, however, pulled a hamstring on his second run. He recorded a 30-inch vertical jump but didn’t do any positional work.

    Xavier Rhodes CB (6-1 , 207 pounds) — He kept his times from the combine with one exception. He ran a 4.65 in the short shuttle drill and a 7.29 in the three-cone drill. He had an excellent workout.

    Rodney Smith WR (6-5 1/8, 223 pounds) — He kept everything he performed at the combine. He had a workout with a note that he needs a development year as a wide receiver.

    Christopher Thompson RB (5-7 , 188 pounds) – He only took part in the vertical jump, 35 inches. When he’s healthy he reminds people of Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints.

    Menelik Watson OL (6-5 , 314 pounds) — He recorded a 27.5-inch vertical jump and 19 strength lifts. Watson played right tackle at Florida State but the feeling is he can play left tackle. He reminds people of boxer Lennox Lewis because of his accent and gold tooth. This is a kid who has only player one year of football. He’s from Manchester, England, and very good offensive lineman.

    Bjoern Werner DE (6-3 , 261 pounds) — He kept everything he did at the combine. He looked outstanding in the positional drills. Werner is a very, very good athlete.

    Anthony McCloud NT (6-2, 305 pounds) He ran a the 40-yard dash in 5.21 and 5.24 seconds. McCloud recorded a 28.5-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-5 broad jump and ran the short shuttle drill in 4.70 seconds. He also finished the three-cone drill in 8.19 seconds. He recorded 24 bench presses. McCloud has very big hands at 11 inches.

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    Re: Official Pro Days Thread

    Andre Ellington is convinced to attempt second 40-yard dash
    By Gil Brandt |
    Published: March 30th, 2013

    A total of nine NFL teams were represented at Clemson Pro Day on March 7. They ran indoors on field-turf. Only one player held a workout.

    Andre Ellington RB (5-9 3/8, 194 pounds) — He was at the combine but pulled his hamstring there and was reluctant to run because he was afraid he might pull it again. He ran 4.71 on his first 40-yard attempt before coaches convinced him it was in his best interest to run at full speed in order to get a better look at him. He ran 4.52 on his second attempt. Ellington did not jump or run the shuttles. He looked very good in the individual drills they put him through. He caught the ball extremely well. Ellington also caught punts, and they said he looked good.

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