Penn State Seniors Prep for Pro Day

With Penn State's Pro Day coming up next Thursday, the Nittany Lion seniors are wrapping up their preparations in an effort to impress NFL representatives and get a shot at the next level of competition.

We recently caught up with former Nittany Lion quarterback Zack Mills to see how his conditioning and preparations have gone for the Pro Day this Thursday, March 17.

Mills has been working extensively on his passing, footwork and speed, working with speed coach Jeremy Scott on a consistent basis. Lately, he's been running in the "high 4.5s" in the 40-yard dash. As he explained, "I feel good overall, but recently I tweaked my hammie running 40s. I am hoping I am 100 percent. I should be good to go for Thursday."

Although it is unclear exactly who will be making the trip to Happy Valley from the NFL, Mills feels it is unimportant since he is out to make a statement for whoever shows up. In order to do this he's been working out regularly with the rest of the seniors since the close of the 2004 season. As he explained, "We are together in this. On Thursday I'll be throwing to [John] Bronson, [Paul] Jefferson and [Gerald] Smith out there."

Recently, the eyes of the Nittany Nation have been on Derek Wake after an impressive NFL combine performance in Indianpolis last month. According to Mills, Wake will likely not be doing much during the Pro Day events at PSU given his pleasure with his NFL combine performance. "He thought it went very well," Mills explained.

The Pro Day agenda has a series of events scheduled, among which are the weigh-in, bench press, running tests and position workouts. The attendees also have the opportunity to sit down and interview the players one-on-one.

Interviews are nothing new for Mills as he has already been interviewed by NFL scouts. "They ask all sorts of questions, like about my history, my family and injuries I have sustained. They also ask about strengths and weaknesses as a player," Mills explained.

When asked how he assesses his strengths and weaknesses he told us, "My strengths are leadership, touch and game experience. My weakness is arm strength."

Speaking of his arm, we asked how his throwing arm and elbow were feeling coming out of his workouts and headed into the Pro Day. He simply replied, "It feels great, no problems."

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