Nine 'Jacks Participate in SFA's Pro Day
April 3, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin hosted a Pro Day Thursday on the turf at Homer Bryce Stadium, giving some former Lumberjacks a final impression less than a month before the 2014 NFL Draft.
Quarterback Brady Attaway, wide receiver Mike Brooks, offensive linemen Ryne Chambers and Andrew Ratliff, defensive linemen Malcolm Mattox and Darren Robinson, linebacker Ronnie Hickman and defensive backs Cedrick Barlow and Caleb Nelson participated in the drills, overseen by a handful of NFL scouts.
Beginning in the weight room, Brooks set the tone early in the standing broad jump, leaping just shy of 10 feet at nine feet, seven inches. In the 225-pound bench press, Mattox excited the onlookers by busting out 23 reps. Ratliff was also impressive, completing 20 reps in front of the scuts.
The workouts then shifted to the turf as the ‘Jacks had an opportunity to show their speed in the 40-yard dash. Brooks once again had the top time of the day, recording a time of 4.47. Mattox also showed his speed along with power, clocking a time of 4.60. Nelson and Barlow both registered times in the 4.70 range with Attaway breaking the five-second mark, coming in at 4.99.
“I know that was what you were really worried about last season when you played us,” Attaway joked to head coach Clint Conque as he jogged to the next drill, drawing a grin from the ‘Jacks head man.
The skill players then competed in the shuttles while the offensive and defensive linemen went against each other in footwork and blocking drills. The day concluded with Attaway and Brooks doing what they did best for three seasons together – running routes and connecting on throws.
While the future remains unclear for all of the former SFA players, they were happy to have the opportunity to showcase their talents and hopefully continue their playing careers.
“I just feel blessed for the opportunity,” Mattox said. “I felt I gave it my best and had a good day. The scouts seemed impressed and I thought I did everything they asked me to do. But regardless, it was just a blessing to be able to participate.”