Vols show off for NFL scouts

Tennessee staged its annual pro timing day Wednesday at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, allowing National Football League scouts the opportunity to see first-hand the skills of recent UT performers.

Eighteen former Volunteers vying for spots in the April 28-29 NFL Draft displayed their wares, participating in seven events under the watchful eyes of representatives from nearly every NFL team.

"They all competed," said Condredge Holloway, UT's assistant athletics director for player relations. "We didn't have any I'm not going to do this or that.' Everybody was out there ready to go and I had a lot of positive comments from the scouts."

Holloway said players who maintained their draft value included wide receiver Robert Meachem, defensive tackle Justin Harrell and offensive tackle Arron Sears. Holloway added that although Turk McBride had a slightly twinged hamstring, the defensive lineman also worked well and had good reviews.

"I thought Robert Meachem really solidified some of the thoughts people had about his willingness to compete and really sold himself," Holloway said. "So did Justin Harrell, and Jonathan Wade ran a great time."

Meachem ran the fastest 40-yard dash time, a 4.41, with Wade (4.44), Jason Mitchell (4.55) and Bret Smith (4.56) close behind. Harrell had 31 repetitions on the bench press, trailing the 35 by Matt McGlothlin and just ahead of McBride's 30.

The list of former UT players participating was: Cory Anderson, Stanley Asumnu, C.J. Fayton, Justin Harrell, David Ligon, Turk McBride, Matt McGlothlin, Robert Meachem, Jason Mitchell, Marvin Mitchell, Arron Sears, Bret Smith, Antwan Stewart, Jayson Swain, Jonathan Wade, Ryan West, James Wilhoit and David Yancey.

Tennessee's football team returns to the practice field for three more practices this week - a full workout Thursday, Friday afternoon's walk-through in front of the annual coaching clinic attendees, followed by Saturday's monster scrimmage at Neyland Stadium.

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