March 6, 2014
CINCINNATI - Seventeen former University of Cincinnati football players worked out Thursday for a contingent of NFL scouts on the Bearcats’ annual NFL Pro Timing Day in the Richard E. Lindner Center and Sheakley Athletics Center.
The workout started in the weight room where players were measured and weighed before taking part in the vertical and broad jumps and bench press.
QB Brendon Kay and TE Blake Annen posted the top vertical jumps with both recording a 34-inch vertical. Kay also garnered the best broad jump with a leap of 10’ 1”. Annen, S Arryn Chenault and WR Anthony McClung were second with jumps of 10 feet.
OL Sam Longo impressed scouts in the bench press as he hoisted the 225-pound bar 47 times, which tops all players that participated at the NFL Combine. His 47 reps rank third all-time by a draftable player behind Stephen Paea (49) of Oregon State and Justin Ernest (51) from Eastern Kentucky.
Annen (4.41) had the lowest unofficial 40-yard dash times of the day. DB Deven Drane came in second with an unofficial time of 4.58.
Drane clocked the fastest unofficial times in the 20-yard shuttle (4.24), 60-yard shuttle (11.73) and three-cone drill (6.93).
DT Marques Aiken, LB Greg Blair, OL Andre Cureton and DT Adam Dempsey also took part in the drills, posting solid times of their own.
OL Austen Bujnoch, Longo, McClung and DT Jordan Stepp participated only in a few drills due to injuries.
Former Bearcats Maalik Bomar, Drew Frey, Reuben Johnson, Chris Williams and Orion Woodard were among a group of non-UC seniors that also took part in the workout. Frey posted impress marks in the 40-meter dash (4.53), the vertical jump (35”) and the broad jump (10’ 6”).
The 2014 NFL Draft is scheduled to run from Thursday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10.