Nike Combine Held at Autzen Stadium

Eugene, Ore. -- On an overcast satuday morning and afternoon, a football combine sponsored by Nike for the top high school football players in the Northwest and parts of California was held at Autzen Stadium. Over 450 high school players showed up for the event held on Brooks Field.

At 10 Am Saturday morning, some of the best football players the northwest has to offer started to shuffle into Autzen Stadium to sign up and check in for the Nike Combine. Over 450 athletes from all over the West Coast arrived to participate.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Athletes getting stretched before attempting 40-yard dash. (photo by Matt Prehm)

The athletes were to first register outside of Autzen, where they picked up their Nike Pro workout shirt and had photos taken. Preceding the photo, athletes had their height and weight measured.

From there the athletes had a choice to participate in an optional testing session, where they were tested in the 40-yard dash, bench press (185 lbs), vertical jump, and finally the 20-yard shuttle. With all areas covered they were given a SPARQ Rating.

(PHOTO LEFT) Combine participant getting ready for 20-yard shuttle. (Photo by Matt Prehm)

Once completing the SPARQ testing, each athlete was given time in a small group to work with SPARQ trainers on specific drills which were to improve overall athletic ability, speed, and explosiveness.

Once each athlete had gone through the training part of the day, they were grouped into their football positions and conducted specific football drills with top-notch position coaches. All positions were covered but kicking positions.

(PHOTO RIGHT) Participants doing a warm-up run before conducting SPARQ testing. (Photo by Matt Prehm)

The final part of the day, was when the coaches created competition by doing one-on-one drills at each position. This was clearly the high light of the day at every position. From the offensive linemen battling it out against defensive linemen, to safeties and defensive backs matching up with the running backs and wide receivers/tight ends.

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