"Our players have worked extremely hard this year, and we are really proud of them and all of the effort they have given to our program," said Dave Van Halanger, director of strength and conditioning. "We hope their hard work and effort in the weight room and during this testing period can help make for a great year. We hope that it gives them great confidence to springboard us into a great 2010 season.
The combine included five traditional measures to assess each Bulldog's strength, speed and agility -- the broad jump, the vertical jump, the 40-yard dash, the 225-pound bench press rep test and the NFL Shuttle.
The team was broken down into three groups for testing: skill (WR, DB, TB), big skill (RB, QB, TE, LB, specialists) and linemen (OL, DL). Each player was tested in all five events, unless an injury or illness prevented them from doing so.
Of the 90 players tested in the broad jump, 58 posted a mark of nine feet or further, 17 bettered 10 feet and three surpassed 11 feet. In addition, 57 players met or surpassed the average for their group at the 2010 NFL combine.
Of the 90 players tested in the vertical jump, 55 recorded a performance of 30 inches or higher, 15 jumped 35 inches of better and one topped 40 inches. In addition, 18 equaled or topped the average for their group at the NFL combine.
Of the 80 players tested in the 40-yard dash, 32 ran a time of 4.6 seconds or faster, 22 were at 4.5 or faster, 12 met 4.4 or quicker and three bettered 4.3. In addition, 39 were equal to or faster than the average for their group at the NFL combine.
Of the 93 players tested in the 225-pound bench press rep, 55 posted a tally of 15 reps or more, 32 did so 20 times, 11 posted 25 or more and one surpassed 30. In addition, 24 met or exceeded the average for their group at the NFL combine.
Of the 93 players tested in the NFL Shuttle, 55 completed the test in 4.4 seconds or less, 45 did so in 4.3, 28 met 4.2, 13 were 4.1 or quicker and two bested 4.0. In addition, 61 met or were quicker than the average for their group at the NFL combine.