Results In From Gophers Pro Day

Running back Marion Barber III isn't the only Golden Gopher who was trying to impress NFL scouts earlier this week. We have the results of Minnesota's pro day, when 11 football players tried to leave a positive impression on personnel people at the next level.

The Golden Gophers held their pro day earlier this week for football players looking to enter the NFL draft.

It was a chance for Marion Barber III to showcase his speed for scouts and head coaches on hand. The junior running back declared himself eligible for the draft earlier this year and attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis two weeks ago. The combine is a must-attend event for NFL personnel scouts, coaches and players looking to improve their draft stock. Nearly 400 football players attended, but Barber was the only Gopher in attendance.

Still, the running back opted not to run the 40-yard dash for scouts at the combine, instead saving it for his pro day. His time didn't disappoint.

Barber ran a 4.49 in the 40, in keeping with some of the big-name seniors entering the draft. He did all of the rest of his workout at the combine.

That left an opportunity for others, mostly seniors, to showcase their athleticism in front of the NFL scouts.

Here are the numbers: In the 40, RB Laurence Maroney ran an impressive 4.40, CB Ukee Dozier ran a 4.51, S Justin Fraley clocked a 4.62, WR Paris Hamilton 4.49, OL Brandon Harston 5.17, OL Rian Melander 5.29, DL Darrell Reid 4.88, S Johnathan Richmond 4.61, LB Dominique Sims 4.86 and CB Mike Wojciechowski 4.59.

Besides Maroney and Barber, many of the players also did vertical jumps, broad jumps and bench-pressed 225 pounds for as many repetitions as possible.

In the vertical jump, Dozier registered 36 inches, while Fraley had 31-1/2, Hamilton 31-1/2, Harston 28, Melander 27, Reid 33, Richmond 33, Sims 30-1/2 and Wojciechowski 30.

In the broad jump, Dozier had 10-feet-5 1/2 inches, Fraley had 9-8, Hamilton 9-5 1/2, Harston 8-5 1/2, Melander 8-2, Reid 9-8, Richmond 9-6, Sims 9-1 and Wojciechowski 9-3 1/2.

Dozier bench pressed 225 pounds eight times, Fraley did it 16, Harston 29, Melander 18, Reid 24, Richmond 17, Sims 11 and Wojciechowski 15 times.

The NFL Draft is held April 23-24.


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