Pullman Pro Day: 10 Cougs ready to strut

JASON HILL IS slated to be drafted as high as the first round, but for the rest of the outgoing WSU senior football players looking for a shot at pro ball, today offers a huge opportunity to make a statement. It's Pro Day on the Palouse, as scouts from several teams will put prospects through their paces. Linebacker Scott Davis says he's just looking for a chance to get on the free agent radar.

Cornerback Tyron Brackenridge wants to put up a 40 time significantly lower than what he did last week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

And fellow corner Don Turner says he has one goal: "Giving my all."

Pro Day is like a mini-combine, where scouts travel to numerous schools to conduct agility drills, talk with coaches, and measure 40 times, vertical leaps, bench presses, and the like. They will start the day in the Bohler Gym weight room and then move to the indoor practice facility.

Davis, Brackenridge, Turner, Hill, defensive end Mkristo Bruce, tight end Cody Boyd, offensive lineman Charles Harris, linebacker Steve Dildine, offensive linean Sean O'Connor and safety Eric Frampton are expected to take part in all or parts of the proceedings.

Davis, an outside linebacker from Kennewick, was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention three straight seasons and was singled out by The Sporting News before the 2005 campaign as the Pac-10's top defensive playmaker. But he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine last month or to one of the premier post-season all-star games -- ostensibly because of his height.

He weighs 242 pounds but at 5-11, he's considered undersized.

"I barely got to play college ball because of my height," Davis quipped Tuesday, "so my best case scenario here is to get my face in front of the scouts and shoot for a free agent contract."

Davis was a two-way star coming in high school, but his height left him with only three notable scholarship offers -- from WSU, Oregon State and Eastern Washington.

He's been working out about 16 hours a week this off-season and said he's hoisted as much as 23 consecutive reps in the 225-pound bench press. He looks to replicate it Wednesday. He's also striving for 30 inches in the vertical leap.

"There's really no pressure on me," he said. "I'm going to relax and have fun. And if football doesn't work out, I've got my degree (in construction management) and some lines on jobs in Seattle."

Brackenridge, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Upland, Calif., is projected by many observers to be drafted between the seventh and fourth rounds. He was timed at a disappointing 4.68 at the NFL Combine. "I didn't run well in Indianapolis. I've been at 4.5 and 4.4 in training. I'm excited about improving and doing my best. I know what to expect and want to put myself in a good situation for the draft."

Brackenridge, a second-team All-Pac-10 pick this past season, didn't do the bench press in Indianapolis because of a pectoral strain but is now close to 100 percent and shooting for 10 to 12 reps at 225 pounds. Brackenridge graduated in December with a degree in general studies.

Turner, who like Davis wasn't invited to the Combine, says he's not nervous about the one-day opportunity. "I'm going to pretend like it's another day because we'll be doing the same drills we've done for years," said the 6-0, 170-pounder from Spokane who graduates in May. "I've prepared myself. I'm bigger, faster and stronger."


* Hill clocked a blazing 4.32 in the 40 at the Indianapolis Combine and subsequently was at or near the top of every national pundit's list of players in the "big winners" category. ESPN's John Clayton said Hill's performance may have elevated him from a third-round draft pick to a late first-round choice.

* One of our intrepid CF.C correspondents in Pullman plans to be on hand for part of the Pro Day workouts, so stay tuned this week for more coverage.

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