Notebook: NC State Pro Day

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was NFL Pro Day at NC State and several Wolfpack players completed drills in front of dozens of NFL scouts.

Irving All Smiles
NC State linebacker Nate Irving was happy to complete his pro day, particularly after not working out in the majority of the drills at the NFL Combine.

"It was great to be out here, back around my guys, and the football team," said Irving. "I really didn't do too much but the interviews at the combine, so it was about coming out here and doing football stuff.

"It was my personal decision [to not work out at the combine]. I wasn't comfortable with where I was at so I said I'd wait until my pro day. I had to do everything today because of the decision I made in Indy, so I had to come out here and do the best that I could."

Nate Irving

Irving certainly had a good day. Weighing in at a fit 242 pounds, he posted a 33.5-inch vertical jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. Each NFL scout recorded his own 40 time, but Irving's times appeared to be in the mid-4.6 range.

He really impressed in position drills, showcasing his ability to change direction and catch the football for a linebacker.

"I'm fluid," said Irving. "My hips are pretty good, I can get low and change direction. I tried to do the best that I could with that and I hope they notice it."

Irving worked out in Texas with Michael Johnson Performance and Lance Walker, added muscle mass to his frame while putting on some pounds. He checked in at 242 pounds at the Senior Bowl and today's workout.

"It's actually up from where I played at," he said. "I played at 235, 230 last year. It's all good weight, muscle."

Irving is being represented by agent Fletcher Smith of Blueprint Management Group which is based out of Illinois. Other clients of Blueprint Management Group include Donovan McNabb, Lofa Tatupu, and Antonio Cromartie.

All Irving can do now is wait for a call during the draft as his workouts are behind him. He will continue to train, and do so like he did today, with a big smile on his face.

"Football is fun," said Irving. "I don't think you can go out there and play uptight so you can't practice up tight. You have to go out there and have fun."

Spencer, Williams Stand Out
Owen Spencer and Jarvis Williams lined up alongside each other at wide receiver the past four years, so to see them push one another during today's Pro Day wasn't a big surprise.

Spencer, who worked out at the NFL Combine, didn't have to participate today, and he elected to keep his combine numbers in the broad jump and vertical jump. The 192-pounder posted seven reps of 225 pounds and was unofficially in the high-4.4, low-4.5 range in the 40-yard dash.

Owen Spencer
"I'm happy about the whole day," said Spencer. "I'm just glad the process is over, and I've got to keep working hard... stay positive. All the hard work has paid off. I've been training for three months straight.

"It's a very interesting process. It's been a long time coming, I've been dreaming of this opportunity... I'm very grateful to be in this position right now."

Williams, who checked in at 6-foot-4 and 213 pounds, posted solid numbers in the vertical jump (33 inches) and broad jump (10'), and he also did seven reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. However, he knew he had to come out and show what type of speed he had today, and he tested unofficially in the high 4.8s.

It was during position drills where Williams stood out, showcasing his route-running ability and strong hands.

"Mainly everybody is looking at my speed, mobility and agility," he said. "I did good at my routes. I made sure I stayed on my toes with no slips. I wanted to show good agility, good hips for a big receiver.

"I feel good about how I worked out. I was wanting to come out here and show the scouts what they wanted to see."

Williams trained for pro day in Orlando, Florida with NFL players such as Ike Taylor and Javon Walker.

He is being represented by agent Dana Kaufman of XL Sports which is based out of Miami. Other clients of XL Sports include recent Wolfpackers Toney Baker, LeRoy Burgess, and Jamelle Eugene and also current NFL stars Junior Seau, Lance Briggs, and Tony Gonzalez.

Spencer is being represented by agent Brian Ayrault of Ayrault Sports Agency which is based out of Charlotte. Other clients of Ayrault Sports Agency include James Harrison, Mohamed Massaquoi, Jeff Owens, and T.J. Yates.

Lemon Gives Up Football
It was a complete surprise to show up today and see Michael Lemon dressed in casual clothes while the rest of his teammates were participating. However, Lemon informed us that he has decided to give up football in order to pursue other interests.

"I love it, but I'm on to other things," said Lemon, with a big smile on his face. "I've actually started up my own business here in Raleigh.

"It's a landscaping company, Lemon's Landscaping, and I have a great group of guys working for me. I'm excited about it and looking forward to seeing it take off."

Lemon took a long journey to NC State. He began his college career at Georgia, but off-the-field issues led to him being kicked off the team. He spent some time at Georgia Military College before playing his final two seasons in Raleigh.

Several NFL scouts were in attendance. Some of the teams represented included St. Louis, Indianapolis, Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Baltimore, Tennessee, New England, Oakland, and Miami.

Jarvis Williams

  • Former NC State players Dantonio Burnette, DeAndre Morgan, Lloyd Harrison, and Ted Larsen were on hand for the Pro Day.

  • Senior wideout Darrell Davis did not participate and wasn't on the list of potential performers.

  • Several of the Wolfpack's coaching staff was in attendance. Offensive line coach Jim Bridge, tailbacks coach Everette Sands, tight ends coach Don Horton, defensive line coach Keith Willis, and defensive backs coach Mike Reed were out supporting the players they've coached, along with head coach Tom O'Brien.

  • Ex-NC State running backs coach Jason Swepson, the new head coach at Elon, was on hand with the majority of his staff. One of the coaches on his staff is former Wolfpack defensive lineman Jerrick Hall.

  • A lot of the current team surrounded the field showing their support. Terrell Manning was out supporting Nate Irving and R.J. Mattes was there for the majority of the day.

    Other players watching the workouts included: Mike Glennon, Zach Allen, Rashard Smith, Art Norman, Tobais Palmer, Markus Kuhn, C.J. Wilson, Sterling Lucas, Dwayne Maddox, and Brandan Bishop.

  • Athletes from schools such as Elon, St. Aug's, and Shaw were working out for NFL scouts as well.

  • Former NC State wide receiver Donald Bowens was expected to work out, but Bowens wasn't allowed to participate because he didn't attend high school in North Carolina and was no longer attending a college in North Carolina. Bowens was in attendance though supporting his former teammates. He worked out at North Alabama's Pro Day, where he finished out his college career.

    Other athletes from surrounding smaller colleges were also on hand in hopes of being taken in the 2011 NFL Draft, but the majority of the players working out were NC State seniors.

    The players began workouts in the Murphy Center and after taking measurements they did reps on the bench (225 pounds) and the vertical jump. Then headed out to the practice fields around noon to do the 40-yard dash, cone drills, and position workouts.

    The 40-yard dash was conducted on the grass practice fields with the players running in cleats. Each NFL team kept their own results so all times listed below are unofficial.

    NOTE: Unofficial results are listed below.

    Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Bench Vert. Broad Jump 40(1) 40(2)
    DE David Akinniyi DNR 254 18 35 9'8 4.72 4.98
    DE Audi Augustin DNR 262 21 30.5 9'1 4.82 43.8
    K Josh Czajkowski DNR 190 17 DNR DNR 5.06 5.16
    LB Nate Irving DNR 242 27 33.5 8'11 4.60 4.72
    DT Natanu Mageo DNR 295 27 24.5 7'11 DNR DNR
    LS Mike Maurer DNR DNR 6 7'6 DNR DNR DNR
    WR Owen Spencer DNR 192 7 37.5 (combine) DNR 4.50 4.53
    LS Corey Tedder DNR DNR 15 8'2 DNR DNR DNR
    OL Jake Vermiglio DNR 323 23 28.5 7'6 5.18 5.16
    WR Jarvis Williams 6'4 213 7 33 10'0 4.88 4.91

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