Pro Day Notes and Quotes

Notes and quotes from Texas Pro Day.

Sixteen Longhorns participated in Wednesday's Pro Day almost double the number from last year (nine). Aside from junior Vince Young, seniors Will Allen, Brian Carter, Larry Dibbles, Mike Garcia, Cedric Griffin, Ahmard Hall, Aaron Harris, Michael Huff, Matt Nordgren, David Pino, Nick Schroeder, Jonathan Scott, David Thomas, William Winston and Rod Wright were measured for height and weight and took part in a varying number of other measurements and drills.

Several participants, including Huff, Griffin and Wright, also took part in the recent NFL Combine. Huff clocked a blazing 4.34 40 in Indianapolis and he held pat on that number and did not run at Pro Day, but he did participate in the short shuttle (3.96, 4.05), the three cone drill (6.68, 6,74) and worked in positional drills at both corner and safety.

Huff (5-11 7/8, 198) said he has been focusing on his footwork and his mission at Pro Day was to "go out and prove that I can play corner and safety, both, depending on the team." Huff said he and his agent have narrowed their attention to San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis and Baltimore, and he added that he hopes to go no worse than No. 15 in the Draft...

Griffin (6-0 3/8, 202) significantly improved his short shuttle from the Combine, going from a 4.10 in Indianapolis to a 3.97 in Austin...

Wright (6-4 3/4, 303) looked to be in the best shape of his career. Since the Rose Bowl, Wright said he's worked to get his weight down, and had dropped about 20 pounds and lowered his body fat percentage to approximately 14 percent. "I don't want to be a guy who gets drafted and is never heard from again. I want to be respected...," Wright said. He said he has been worked out by the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns...

Aside from the top of the Draft guys, perhaps the guy that made the biggest impression was Ahmard Hall (5-10 3/4, 232). The former Marine sergeant turned walk-on turned scholarship athlete turned Longhorn starter turned heads among the scouts in attendance when he stripped his shirt and flashed his chiseled physique as he walked through the crowd for weigh in. His 35-inch vertical and then a 4.56 followed by a 4.49 in the 40 added to the buzz. And he wrapped up the day by hauling in pass after pass from Vince Young during their 40-minute workout.

"You have to look at Ahmard Hall jumping out at them because they knew very little about him," Mack Brown said after the event. "The other guys have been around the combine and they've known 'em, but Ahmard ran a great time and he is so strong and he is so committed right now and all his football is ahead of him and so many people are in one-back offenses that fullbacks are hard to find, so he probably helped himself more than anyone today."

And it couldn't have happened to a better guy...

Vince Young's workout ended with a reverse to Brian Carter, who stopped in the backfield and lofted a ball that Young hauled in 40 yards down the right sideline...

Asked if he had any doubt about Vince Young being a success in the NFL, Mack Brown said, "I have absolutely no doubt. Obviously injury can happen to anybody but if he stays healthy he'll be one of the great ones to ever play.

"The only things that come up are the intangibles that you can't see on film or watching him in practice. How is he in the film room? Does he study hard? Does he lift weights well? Is he a guy that bounces back quickly after he makes a poor play? Is he a good leader on the field? All of the things you would ask about anyone they have asked, but obviously most of those have been answered by the way he has responded on the field.

"If they will go back and study how many times we were behind over the last two years and he brought us back as a leader in the second half and specifically in the fourth quarter in two Rose Bowls, those are intangibles, you can't (coach) them. It means a guy has 'it', he has the ability to do that. You don't know why. We didn't know he would do it. We didn't know he had 'it' and when he did it as a quarterback... somebody better grab on and hang on to it because it's really important."


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