Testing Results For Tulane Football Signees

The source for the percentile rankings for the signees is 'Complete Conditioning for Football' by Mike Arthur and Bryan Bailey, who were both assistant strength coaches at The University of Nebraska under Boyd Eppley. This book reflects the findings of years of study of combine results

Tonight we're going to take a little look at where select Tulane football signees stand as far as their rank by national percentile in the categories in which they tested at prospect combines, such as the Scout.com combines. And we'll add a bit of commentaryt about their results. Because of questions about copyright, we will not include the actual combine results.

The selection process was based on the availability of testing data.

Remember that the data that the rankings are based on is nearly a year old. Heights and weights are those provided by the signee at National Signing Day.

The source for the percentile rankings for the signees is 'Complete Conditioning for Football' by Mike Arthur and Bryan Bailey, who were both assistant strength coaches at The University of Nebraska under Boyd Eppley. This book reflects the findings of years of study of testing results.

FIrst, a brief explanation of each drill in which prospects are typically tested at prospect combines.

20 Yard Shuttle
The 20 yard shuttle is a test of speed, explosion, and changing of directions. Technique is timed to determine how fast they can go 5 yards to their left, then 10 back to the right, and finishing 5 yards to their left in one straight line.

What it tests: Lateral quickness, coordination and change of direction.

Vertical Jump

The vertical jump isn't really the most important test for football players. But what it is, basically, is a test of explosion and power. Technique is huge here. The vertical jump IS the most important for receivers and defensive backs.

What it tests: Vertical leg explosion.

3 Cone Drill
The 3 Cone Drill is the newest addition to the NFL scouting combine, replacing the "4 Cone" or "Box" drill. Both are tests of speed, explosion, and changing directions. Each prospect will be timed to show how fast they can sprint ten yards, then sprint back, sprint back the other way again and then around a third cone placed parallel to the 2nd.

What it tests: Speed, quickness, flexibility, change of direction, body control.

40 Yard Dash
The 40 yard dash is a test of speed, power, explosion, and a little bit of conditioning. Each prospect will be measured to see how long they take to complete a 40 yard sprint. At most combines, times are an average of the times caught by multiple scouts using stop watches.

What it tests: Pure speed from Point A to Point B.

Standing Broad Jump
The standing broad jump is similar to the vertical jump, although the standing broad jump measures how far you jump, not how high you jump. Technique is also extremely important here. Very similar to the long jump in track and field, but the player does not run up to the beginning of his jump, but rather jumps from a standing position. The standing broad jump is the best test for lower body strength, explosion, and power and is the most important combine drill for running backs, linemen, and linebackers.

What it tests: Leg explosion, quickness and lateral burst.

Here are the percentile rankings for a select group of Tulane's signees, for whom the underlying data is available.

Andre Anderson
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 190 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds - 95th percentile.
Vertical Jump: 90th percentile 20-Yard Shuttle time: 95th percentile Quickness is exceptional, but there are suggestions that Andre's overall strength may be a bit below the norm for his position, although various sources report that Andre can lift a satisfactory number of reps, suggesting that improvement won't be difficult.

Travis Burks
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 188 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds - Wildly variable results, ranging from 90th to 95th to 100th percentile, give cause for concerns about straight ahead speed.
Bench reps: results here were excellent for a defensive back.
Vertical Jump: 95th percentile.
20-Yard Shuttle time: 80th - 90th percentile. Results in this area have been very variable, raising an alarm about quickness.
Vertical Jump: 90th - 95th percentile.
3-Cone: results were not bad, but not exceptional Standing Broad Jump: Results are not bad.

Josh Mitzel
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 240 pounds
40-Yard Dash: Self reported 4.6 would be as good as you would normally expect, but results at the Scout.com combine, where Josh ran a 4.93, placed him at 90th percentile. although there have been reports of much better times.
Bench reps: Good overall strength and reps are about what you would expect for his max bench.
Vertical Jump: 85th - 90th percentile.
20-Yard Shuttle: 70th percentile. Although other results indicate absolutely superior quickness, that may indicate some type of timing anomaly.
Vertical Jump: 85th - 90th percentile.
3-Cone: Reported time wasn't bad.
Overall, these numbers aren't bad, and are very similar to Jordan Ellis' numbers from last year.

Kevin Moore
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash: Self reported 5.0. Combine results put him at 90th percentile.
Bench reps: Reported max is nothing special, in fact very average.
20-Yard Shuttle time: Results place him at 100th percentile, which is incredible for a guy his size and doesn't correlate with his self reported 40 time. This may well indicate some type of timing anomaly.

Casey Robottom
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 175
40-yard dash: Self-reported 4.5 40 put's him in 100th percentile, but combine recorded 4.69 raises questions about straight ahead speed.
Bench reps: Number of reps indicates a real need to get stronger, but probably better than most high school receivers.
Standing Broad Jump: 116 inches.
20-Yard Shuttle time: 90th percentile, but this may also be somewhat understated.
Vertical Jump: 90th percentile. Ranking based on results that may not reflect Casey's best effort.
3 Cone: Results are indicative of excellent quickness.

Alex Wacha
Height: 5-11
Weight: 190
40-Yard Dash: 4.45 self reported 40 time is excellent, but is belied by 4.68 time recorded at combine, which placed him in 95th percentile. Has recorded faster times in similiar circumstances, which would place him near the 100th percentile but may not be reliable.
Bench reps: Are about what it should be, given his reported max, which is very good for a high school defensive back, and Alex's lower body strength is not bad for a defensive back.
Standing Broad Jump: Results show good explosion 20-Yard Shuttle: 95th - 100th percentile. Cat quick! Excellent results!
Vertical Jump: 85th - 90th percentile, shows good explosion.
3-Cone: Recorded a very good 3-cone time Wacha's numbers are generally impressive. He recorded good numbers at combines, and he seems to have very good strength for a cornerback.

Athletically, these signees are solid D-I signees. Their combine performances would compare favorably to signees at any CUSA school.

Next week we'll take a brief look to compare the national rankings of this group of signees with that of last year's class. We are also looking at comparing our class to the classes of two of our C-USA rivals.


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