All Eyes on DeAngelo Williams at UM Pro Timing Day
March 24, 2006
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Fourteen Tiger seniors gathered today at the Murphy Athletic Complex for what was the largest Pro Day ever for the U of M. With marquee player DeAngelo Williams as the center of attention, about 40 NFL scouts representing 22 teams observed the workout which lasted about three hours.
Included in the 14 seniors were: Maurice Avery, Carlton Baker, Greg Billingslea, O.C. Collins, John Doucette, Bobby Garafalo, Tim Goodwell, Stephen Gostkowski, Andrew Handy, Tyus Jackson, Derron Johnson, LaVale Washington and Marcus West. Former standout quarterback Danny Wimprine joined his former teammates to throw passes to Williams, Avery and Doucette. Members of the U of M coaching staff and current Tiger players were also on hand for support.
Williams was the only Tiger who had been invited to Indianapolis for the combine in February, so this was the chance for the others to showcase their talents. The event began around 11 a.m. inside the packed turf room where the players' hands and arms were measured. Once the heights and weights were completed in the weight room, the guys returned to the turf room for the vertical and broad jumps as well as the bench press.
The players, scouts, representatives and others then went outside to the track for the 40-yard dash. It was chilly and windy as the players ran one way in each direction. The local media was also on hand to film that aspect of the timing.
Once the 40-yard dash was complete, everyone returned to the turf room for the short shuttle, the L-drill and the 60-yard long shuttle.
Several Tigers then worked out individually out on the practice field. Williams, Avery and Doucette were tested on their agility and hands, while the linebackers ran drills and Gostkowski ran through a series of kick-offs and field goals.
"I thought things went well today," said Williams. "I just wanted to come out here and run fast. I wasn't too concerned with the wind. I just wanted to come out here and perform. Mo (Avery) and I have a motto that we `show up and show out,' no matter what the weather or conditions.
I was a little shocked at what I weighed in at (207 lbs.)," added Williams. "I haven't been 207 since my freshman year in college."
When asked if he was nervous today, Williams admitted that he was and that he hadn't slept too well. "I think I woke up every hour and by 6:30 this morning, I just couldn't go back to sleep," said Williams.
The NFL draft is April 29-30. The following passage was on the NFL.com website shortly after the conclusion of today's event:
WILLIAMS IMPROVES HIS STOCK
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams (5-9, 207) had an exceptional workout. At his school's Pro Day on March 24, he ran his 40s in 4.40 seconds (with the wind) and 4.48 (against). He was wearing nubs, and he ran outdoors on a rubber track. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.10, the three-cone drill in 6.57 and the long shuttle in 10.61. In addition, he had a 34½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. He caught the ball well during positional drills. -- NFL.com