Seniors Perform For NFL Scouts

Under very chilly temps in the 30s and a howling wind, Marshall football's 2001 seniors ran drills for four NFL scouts on the turf at Marshall Stadium on Friday. Despite the chilly temps, guys like Max Yates and Michael 'Kool-Aid' Owens were burning up the artificial turf.

NFL scouts from the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks attended the twice-annual demonstration of senior talent. The players ran the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, bench pressed reps of 225 pounds, and had their vertical jump measured, in addition to doing a broad jump and having various body measurements taken.

No specific times or measurements in any of the tests were made available to the media.

"I've trained hard for the last three months," said former Marshall linebacker and MAC Defensive Player of the Year Max Yates. "We worked hard and it all paid off."

Former MU long-snapper Chris Massey runs the 40-yard dash for NFL scouts.

Yates and Ralph Street trained with former MU receiver Tim Martin in Tennessee during January, in preparation for the NFL scouts.

Former long-snapper Chris Massey -whom many have projected will be a hot property in the NFL Draft- felt like he left it all on the line. "As a whole, we did pretty good," said Massey. "All the seniors, we've worked out together since the first day of this semester. We pull for everybody."

Ralph Street runs the 40-yard dash.

In addition to the standard drills mentioned earlier, Massey also did some long-snapping for the scouts. "They watched me do some snaps. I did about 10 snaps," Massey said. Massey is noted for his uncanny ability to snap the ball quickly and flawlessly. In long-snapping, the amount of time the ball is in the air is the benchmark. "My times were pretty good. I'm pretty pleased with the way I snapped today."

For Michael 'Kool-Aid' Owens, the chance to perform for the NFL scouts was taken seriously. "Hopefully, they know I can play," said Owens. "That's all I want, is a chance to go out there and prove myself."

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