Comparison of Tulane, C-USA Signees

As far as the individual prospects are concerned we compare all prospects for whom we have data. The limiting factor is whether we have a Tulane signee at a particular position with combine results to whom we can compare the signees of other schools

What we're doing in this article is making a comparison of the results from combine drills run last spring at combines. We're comparing Tulane signees at several positions with signees of several other C-USA schools. We selected the C-USA schools to be representative of C-USA's mix of school types and geographic location. The schools selected for comparison purposes were Tulsa, SMU, Memphis, and Central Florida.

As far as the individual prospects are concerned we compare all prospects for whom we have data. The limiting factor is whether we have a Tulane signee at a particular position with combine results to whom we can compare the signees of other schools.

Please note that 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.
Let's start with linebacker.


Josh Mitzel
Height: 5-11
Weight: 223 pounds
*40-Yard dash: Self reported 4.6 would be as good as you could normally expect, but results at the combine, where Josh ran a 4.93, which placed him at 90th percentile, although there have been reports of much better times.
*Vertical jump: 30", places him at the 85th percentile.
*Short shuttle: 4.53. 70th percentile. Although other results in this drill indicate absolutely superior quickness, this may indicate some type of timing anomaly.
*3-cone: 7.78 isn't bad.
Overall, Josh's numbers aren't bad, and are very similar to Jordan Ellis' numbers from last year.

Central Florida
Bruce Miller
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
*40-yard dash: 4.99. 90th percentile, slower than Mitzel.
*Short shuttle: 4.72. 40th percentile, slower than Mitzel.
*Vertical jump: 25.5". 70th percentile. Slightly below average for 1A, not as good as Mitzel's.
*3-cone: 7.50. Not bad, marginally better than Mitzel.
*Standing broad jump: 95". Nothing special, but not terrible.

Chance Henderson
Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 223
*40-yard dash: 4.88. 95th percentile.
*Short shuttle: 4.75. 35th percentile, Mitzel ran a 4.53.
*Vertical jump: 30.5". 85th percentile. A hair better than Mizel.
*3-cone: 7.81. Fair time.
*Standing broad jump: 103.5". Pretty good.

Winston Bowens
Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 228
*40-yard dash: 4.96. 90th percentile. A bit lower than Mitzel.
*Vertical jump: 28.5". 75th percentile.
*Standing broad jump: 90". Very average.

Alex Wacha
Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 167
*40-Yard Dash: 4.68 time recorded at combine, which placed him in 95th percentile is excellent but belies s terrific 4.45 self reported 40, although thsy variation may be explainable by conditions, surface type, etc. Alex has recorded better 40 times than the 4.68 in similiar circumstances and these would place him near the 100th percentile but those times may not be reliable.
*Standing broad jump: 108". Result shows good explosion.
*Short shuttle: 4.09. 95th percentile. Cat quick! Excellent result, shows outstanding lateral quickness.
*Vertical jump: 34". Places Alex at the 90th percentile, and result shows really good explosion.
*3-Cone: 6.99! A very good 3-cone time.

Charles Davis
Height: 5-8
Weight: 157
*40-yard dash: 4.45. 100th percentile. Outstanding quickness.
*Short shuttle: 4.25. 85th percentile, not as good as Wacha but a pretty good time.
*Vertical jump: 35". 95th percentile, good but Wacha had a 34.0" vertical.
*3-cone: 7.07. Very good, but not quite as good as Wacha.

Bryan Wright
Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 158
*40-yard dash: 4.75. 90th percentile. May be explainable, not that far off from Wacha, but this is not a good time.
*Short shuttle: 4.26. 85th percentile. Like Davis, not as good as Wacha, but a pretty good time. Seems to belie that his 40 time is the norm.
*3-cone: 7.
55. Not too bad, but doesn't shout WOW!
*Vertical jump: 29.5". 80th percentile. Very average.
*Standing broad jump: 108". Good result, shows good explosion.

Travis Burks
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 188 pounds
*40-yard dash: 4.63, excellent time puts him at 95th percentile.
*Short shuttle: 4.37 at combine places him in the 80th percentile range.
*Vertical jump: 33". Places in the 90th percentile.
*3-Cone: 7.4. Not bad, but not exceptional.

A'Darius Medford
Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 170
*40-yard dash: 4.57. Puts him at 100th percentile for position.
*Short shuttle: 4.36. Good time. 80th percentile.
*Vertical jump: 32.0". Good result. 85th percentile.
*3-cone: 7.82. Not very good for a defensive back, and contrasts sharply with the reported 40 time, but this is sometimes the case. And sometimes they've never run the drill before.
*Standing broad jump: 112'. Very good.

Corderick Govan
Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 184
*40-yard dash: 4.81. 90th percentile.
*Short shuttle: 4.78. 25th percentile. Result raises the usual question about quickness. May be explainable.
*Vertical jump: 28". 80th percentile. Not as good as others.
*3-cone: 8.00. Not very good for a defensive back, but this is sometimes the case. And sometimes they've never run the drill before.
*Standing broad jump: 109". Good result.

Casey Robottom
Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 163
40-Yard Dash: 4.69. 95th
Short Shuttle: 4.13. 95th
Vertical Jump: 33.5". 95th
3-Cone: 7.26. Good time, not exceptional for 1A.
Standing broad jump: 116". Indicates outstanding explosion.

Tim Crosby
Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 158
*40-yard dash: 4.99. 85th percentile. Not a spectacular time but the shuttle result indicates this time may be representative.
*Short shuttle: 4.69. 30th percentile. Hard to see what a 5-10.5, 158-pound QB with speed figures like this can do. Receiver, maybe?
*Vertical jump: 33.5". 95th percentile. Shows excellent explosion from lower body, makes the speed figures look peculiar.
*3-cone: 8.15. Not too good, but a lot of high school prospects run this drill for the first time at their first combine.
*Standing broad jump: 104". Decent explosion.

I hope that we can spread some understanding of what the actual physical testing of prospects shows the standards to be, as well as generally where signees stand nationally when compared ' to their positional peers over a long period of time.

Eventually we may expand this and compare the Tulane signees for whom we have data to the 2006 signees classes of each C-USA school.

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