Happy Homecoming for Montae Pitts

Former Tiger Montae Pitts discusses his return to Auburn for AU's NFL Pro Day.

Auburn, Ala.--Montae Pitts notes it was good to be back on the Auburn campus on Monday as he participated in AU's annual NFL Pro Day.

Pitts, who played for three seasons at Auburn after redshirting one year, finished his college career this past season at Jacksonville State University. He made the move there after being suspended from the AU squad for violating a team rule.

The cornerback grew up in Loachapoka, not far from the Auburn campus, and says he appreciated the opportunity to work out with his former teammates with NFL scouts watching.

"I want to thank Coach Tubs (head coach Tommy Tuberville), Coach Yox (strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall) and Auburn for letting come back and be in the pro day here," he says. "I spent four years here and it is great to be back on the Plains and show everybody what I could do.

"Overall, I think I did pretty good," Pitts says. "I won't say I did my best, but it was one of my best performances."

The defensive back is shown as he walks to his bench press test.

Pitts notes he was hoping to do better in the vertical jump. He leaped 34 inches, but was pleased that he ran a very fast 40-time on artificial turf at AU's indoor facility. "The fastest times I heard were 4.38, 4.40 and 4.41," says Pitts, who is one of the fastest players to play for the Tigers in recent seasons. "My goal was to run around 4.38 to 4.40 so I am happy with that. I did pretty good in the agility drills and I caught all of the passes in the defensive back drills so we will see what happens."

Pitts leaped 10 feet, one inch in the standing broad jump and did nine reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

A starter on Auburn's undefeated 2004 football team at cornerback and a backup to David Irons in 2005, Pitts says he wishes he had been able to finish his college career at AU, but notes that there was a positive side to spending the 2006 season at Jax State. "I matured a lot being away," he says. "I learned from my mistakes."

To prepare for pro day, Pitts began training on Jan. 2nd with Tony Villani of XPE Sports in Marietta, Ga. "I was there for 10 weeks so I think it paid off," the cornerback says.

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