By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - 19 former Bulldogs participated in Fresno State's 2013 Pro Day on Wednesday, showcasing their skills and talents in front of numerous NFL scouts and assistant coaches.
Representatives from 19 different NFL teams were in attendance to work out the former 'Dogs looking to take their career's to the next level. For the Bulldog NFL hopefuls, Pro Day serves as their job interview to play professional football.
"It's one of those days that you wait for your whole college career," said linebacker Travis Brown, who was a three-time All-Conference selection at Fresno State. "I've been waiting for a long time, ever since high school, it's been my dream to at least get a chance to try-out for the next level and that's what that is right now. It's just a big tryout and I think I came well prepared, I worked my butt off for this, so I'm excited."
For most of the Bulldogs at Pro Day, they have been working out for the past three months for this day and are eager to turn some heads and impress the scouts.
"It's nerve-racking," said Shawn Plummer. "You think `oh, I got all this time. I got three months to prepare for this.' Then you come down to the last week and `oh shoot, here it is.' You got one day to show everybody what you got."
Nerves didn't affect Plummer on Wednesday. He was one of the players that stood out in all the tests and drills.
"I felt really good, I started off a little slower than I wanted to, but picked it up towards the end and felt like overall I had a really good workout," said Plummer, who played linebacker for Fresno State last year but looks to move to safety at the next level. "When you feel good, it ends up that everybody else feels the same way and at the end of the day that is a good feeling for me."
The NFL scouts are the ones who are running the drills at Pro Day, so the official testing results are not made available. One result that is reportable is the number of repetitions done in the bench press at 225 pounds.
Defensive end Anthony Williams was the standout in that group, pumping out an astonishing 37 reps.
For safety Phillip Thomas and running back Robbie Rouse, who both participated in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine back at the end of February, Wednesday was more about improving or solidifying everything that they already did back in Indianapolis in front of all 32 NFL teams that were there.
"The 40 [yard dash] that I ran at the combine was definitely not what I wanted to run and for me to come out here and run the 4.5 that I wanted was definitely a goal that I set," Rouse said. "It felt good to get it."
Thomas, Fresno State's top pro prospect, still has a heavy schedule now after Pro Day leading up to the NFL Draft that runs April 25-27.
"It's a relief that this stuff is over with, but it's definitely not over yet," Thomas said. "I still have to fly out to places and get out on the board to talk to people. No workouts like this anymore, 40's and shuttles and all that, but there is still a long way to go. I'm just excited to be done with this part."
The 19 players that tested at Pro Day were:
Travis Brown, LB
Michael Butler, TE
Matthew De Los Santos, WR
Terrance Dennis, DB
Rashad Evans, WR
Beau Fryer, DB
Michael Harris, RB
Richard Helepiko, OL
Matt Hunt, OL
Jerry Kelly, RB/WR
Milton Knox, RB
Tristan Okpalaugo, DE/LB
Shawn Plummer, LB/S
Robbie Rouse, RB
Andrew Shapiro, K/P
Gerome Surrell, WR
Phillip Thomas, S
Anthony Williams, DL
Cristin Wilson, DB
"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647).
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