March 20, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - On Thursday, 12 former Fresno State football players had the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of representatives from 23 NFL teams at the Bulldogs' 2014 Pro Day held in Bulldog Stadium.
The former Bulldogs led Fresno State to plenty of success on the gridiron, winning back-to-back Mountain West championships. Thursday's pro day was the first step as they look to further their careers in the National Football League where Fresno State has been very well represented over the years.
"All in all it was a great day for our guys and now hopefully they'll get an opportunity to continue their careers and continue to represent Fresno State at the next level," Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "There are so many eyes here, so many general managers and NFL head coaches. If you come out here and look good you'll have the opportunity to raise your stock."
In addition to having representatives from at least 23 of the 32 NFL teams, a large contingent of local and national media was out covering the event. The NFL Network was on hand having live look-ins and interviewed quarterback Derek Carr after his workout.
Carr excelled on Jim Sweeney Field at Bulldog Stadium just like he did all throughout his career at Fresno State. He ran through a script of throws put together by his hired coach, former Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, and his older brother David, the 2002 No. 1 NFL Draft pick.
"There was one throw that I wanted back, the rest I landed them exactly in the spot I wanted to," Carr said. "For us to come out here and execute at the high level we did, it was good. Two thumbs up."
"We're going to surprise some people come May 8th," Carr said referring to the NFL Draft.
"I get so fired up when they make a great catch," Carr said of his receivers."Marcel reaching out and grabbing one, `Te grabbing a strong one, Burse making a long catch, I get so fired up for them because the scouts see them making a play and I love to see them succeed."
Adams, Burse and Jensen all attended the NFL Scouting Combine back in February with Carr. Adams and Burse only ran the 40-yard dash and did the position drills. Jensen did that and the shuttle drills.
"I feel like I did pretty well, I didn't have any drops. I had a lot of fun out here getting after it with Derek, Isaiah and Marcel," said Adams, who left for the NFL early after his redshirt sophomore season. He leaves as Fresno State's all-time leader in receptions and touchdown catches. "We've put in a lot of work so it was good to finally come out here and showcase it."
Adams was clocked at 4.46 and 4.51 the two times he ran the 40-yard dash on Thursday.
Burse is happy with the route he and his teammates are on as they strive to make it to the next level.
"It's a journey and obviously it is an honor to be selected to go to the combine and that's just a stepping-stone," Burse said. "As you go up the ladder you got the combine, check. You come out here at pro day, you want to do well - check. Now it seems kind of like a waiting game, you just got to enjoy the time with your teammates going through the same process as you. Enjoy all of this because people pray to have this opportunity."
Former Bulldog defensive end Anthony Williams, who missed the last half of his senior season back in 2012 with a foot injury, was back at pro day this year. He put up an astonishing 38 reps in the bench press.
Cornerback L.J. Jones looked fine at pro day coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the last six games in 2013. He ran a low 4.4 40-yard dash on Thursday.
"I was able to just show them what I can do," Jones said. "I really prepared myself on an everyday basis and I feel like I did a good job."
The full list of Bulldogs participating in pro day was WR Isaiah Burse, WR Davante Adams, QB Derek Carr, OLB Nat Harrison, DE Andy Jennings, TE Marcel Jensen, CB L.J. Jones, OL James Le'au, DE Ben Letcher, LB Patrick Su'a, OL Austin Wentworth, DE Anthony Williams.
The 2014 NFL Draft runs May 8-10, with the first round being held on May 8, second and third rounds on May 9 and rounds 4-7 on May 10.
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