T-Mac, TJ, & 5 Other Bulls Work Out for Buc's

Several former USF players with aspirations of playing pro football worked out for the home town Buccaneers on Monday including, Tyrone McKenzie, Taurus Johnson and five other Bulls. Read on and find who was there and how it went. Only on USFNation.com

With the NFL draft just a few weeks away many former USF players are working hard to continue football after college. For a select few, the dream of getting drafted into the NFL will become a reality, while a few could sign NFL free agent contracts after the draft, and playing in the CFL or AFL could be an option for the others.

Since the season ended, it's been all business for many of the Bulls players. Selecting representation for some, and then spending a couple of grueling months training at various locations throughout Florida leading up to the NFL Combine, where two Bulls Tyrone McKenzie and Taurus Johnson were invited to participate.

For the Bulls that weren't invited to Indianapolis, they got their chance at the USF Pro Timing day. Players worked out in front of over 40 NFL scouts and coaches from teams that attended the USF Pro timing day to further evaluate McKenzie, Johnson, and at the same time look at the other seniors, that are hoping to make it to the next level.

Since then, and leading up to this weekend, many have had individual interviews and work-outs with various NFL coaches on the USF practice fields and across the country. And on Monday 7 former Bulls worked out for the Buccaneers at one Buc Place including, Tyrone McKenzie, T.J., Jarriett Buie, Ben Williams, Cedric Hill, Ryan Schmidt, and Matt Huners.

LB Tyrone McKenzie (6'2/245) led the Bulls with 105 tackles, 14 for a loss, with one sack in 2008, the third consecutive season that he has totaled at least 100 tackles. McKenzie (6'2/243) bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times, tied for the fifth strongest linebacker at the combine, but he hurt his hamstring during the 40 yard dash, and ran a 4.7-40, which is well off his mark, but is still likely to be the highest Bulls player selected in this year's draft, and has garnered the most interest, working out for several teams including the Buccaneers on Monday. T-Mac will continue to be busy this week and we talked via text messages as he's up north for scheduled work-outs with the Eagles, Giants, and the Patriots later on in the week before returning to Tampa.

WR Taurus Johnson (6'1/207)had 38 receptions for 498 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season, and finished his career at USF with 112 catches for 1,434 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6'1-208 pounds, has a good blend of strength & size. At the scouting combine, T.J. ran a 4.43 & a 4.48 in the 40 yard dash and put up 18 reps of 225, placing him in the top 5 for receivers. He also registered a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap a 10-1 broad jump. T. J worked also had a private work-out with the Kansas City Chiefs last month. "It went real good. It was me Cedric Hill and Louis Murphy from the gators working out," said T.J. "They told me I was real consistent and in great shape, and came there to work."

Throwing to the receivers was Buccaneer QB Josh Johnson "That boy is going to be something. He's got a real good arm."

For the other Bulls it was their first NFL work-out since USF's Pro Day last month.

DE Jarriett Buie (6'3/255) started and played in all 13 games as a senior, finished year with five sacks for minus 32 yards, all in the final eight games of the season, also had eight tackles for a loss, and finished his career with 74 tackles, 7 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, and two fumble recoveries. Buie put up 32 reps of 225 pound on bench and runs in the 4.8 range, and is probably best suited for a 3-4 scheme. "The work out with the Buc's went good, I think I did well, but there was nobody to compare myself there because I was the only D-lineman there," said Buie. "My agent said some teams are showing interest, and a few CFL teams want me to work-out, but some NFL teams like the Saints, & Dolphins have been checking me out. They see me as a outside linebacker/DE in a certain schemes."

TE Cedric Hill (6'3-255) Played in 51 games and started in 27. He finished with 60 receptions 774 yards and 4 scores, and had a reception in 19 consecutive games, the fourth longest at USF. Hill has the size and speed cause big match-up problems for the defense, and posts a solid 10'1 broad jump. After being more of a hybrid type player rather than a pure tight end during his first two years, has worked on putting on size to get to the next level. "The work-out with the Buc's went real well. Did some route running and worked on techniques," said Hill. "It was similar to what we did at Pro day; they said I did real well." Hill said the Buc's, Bears, Brown and Saints have all expressed interest.

Matt Huners and Ryan Schmidt were the onlt offensive linemen to work out with the buccaneers on Monday.

OG Matt Huners ((6'2/290) played in 34 games and started 27 during his USF career. Successfully returned from injury riddled 2007 season to become the Bulls most consistent lineman and earn second team All-BIG EAST. Graded out at 84% on the season with 61 total knockdown points, and had a season-high 15 knockdown points against NC State, grading out at 93%.

OL Ryan Schmidt (6'5/320) played in 27 games and started 26 at both left tackle and left guard. Was a second team All-BIG EAST selection according to Phil Steele, and graded out among the best offensive lineman on the team at 69% on the season with 63 knockdown points to rank third among USF offensive lineman. Also recorded a season-best 14 knockdown points against FIU, and had 13 knockdown points against Rutgers.

"We worked out for about 45 minutes doing different position drills and got to meet the coaches," said Huners. "It was a great experience and I think I did well. The coaches said I did good and see me as a center/guard. I was pretty much the same as pro day except for we did work on the sleds." "It was great being with all the guys, and it was like a USF homecoming." "Right now I'm just staying in shape, my agent said the Saints were showing interest, so I need to keep working and stay ready."

RB Ben Williams (5'7-206) played in 39 games starting 8 and during his senior year recorded 513 all-purpose yards, including 308 on the ground and 175 receiving, and scored five rushing touchdowns. A bruising back that was one of the best blocking backs in America. At USF's Pro Day led the team with a 36.5 vertical jump, 4.22 20-yard shuttle, and a 11.77 60-yard shuttle. "It was a lot of fun. I was the only back working out," said Williams. "They said they liked what they saw and may look at me with a free agent contract. That was my first work-out but my agent said several teams including the Buc's, Green Bay, the Titans, have been calling."

"It was great being out there with all the guys," said Taurus Johnson. "It was like we were back at practice, and all pushed each other. We made it this far, and have one more step to go. I'm just going to keep working out and waiting for that phone call."

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