Players Shine at SUU's First Ever Pro Day
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Southern Utah University hosted its first ever Pro Day on Wednesday at Desert Hills High School in St. George, giving the athletes a chance to show what they've got in front of 20 scouts from the National Football League.
Featured at Pro Day from SUU was James Cowser, Miles Killebrew, LeShaun Sims, Ammon Olsen, Justin Brown, Trevor McGirr, C.J. Morgan, Anthony Norris and Frank Sanft. A pair of former players also took part, with wide receivers Chris Robinson and Fatu Moala both competing.
The players went through several drills, including the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill, shuttle run and 40-yard dash along with several different field drills for the different position groups.
Killebrew posted a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash on Wednesday, which was an improved time compared to the 4.65 he ran at the NFL Combine last month. Miles said he accomplished the goals he had set for the day
“I wanted to run faster, I wanted to run sub 4.5, that was my goal and I accomplished it, that's what I wanted,” he said. “Field drills I felt solid about, I'd say everyone from SUU did great and it was a great day all around.”
Cowser had 24 reps on the bench press, a 34'' vertical jump and a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash, which all surpassed the numbers he put up at the NFL combine. He said the experience today was different from what himself, Killebrew and Sims went through at the Combine in a positive way.
“It's different having people cheering you on, versus people just being silent, so that was fun,” he said. “It was fun being back in Utah with teammates, I think that made a big difference.”
Sims finished with a better broad jump, posting a 10'3'' in the drill, which was a better number than what he posted at the Combine.
Sims said going through the entire process with his teammates, most specifically Cowser and Killebrew, has helped them all the entire way.
Quarterback Ammon Olsen said the experiences he's had, now with two Pro Days under his belt, has been a great learning experience for him.
“It's been kind of weird just kind of floating around and letting things happen, but it's been a good experience as time has gone on,” he said.
Norris had an impressive showing in the broad jump, as the former tight end had a 10'11'' output in that drill. He also had a 35.5'' vertical jump.
“I did good, it wasn't my best day, this is my second Pro Day so I kind of wanted to beat numbers I already set,” Norris said. “I didn't beat all of them, but I set a few records so my name is out there now so I'm getting a lot of looks and it's great.”
Brown said he was happy with how things played out, and was pleased with the performance he had in front of the scouts after running a 4.63 time in the dash and improving in the other drills.
“I feel like I did a lot better than the BYU Pro Day,” he said. “I beat all the times from there, so that's what I was trying to do today.”
Former T-Bird receiver Chris Robinson ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, and came to the Pro Day after last playing a snap for the T-Birds in 2014. He said his family, but mostly his siblings, help him keep his dream alive every day.
“I'm going to try to be the best I can be,” he said. “I'm going to go out there, I'm going to keep chasing my dreams, I'm not just going to give up because I know I can still play.”
The NFL Draft will run from April 28 to April 30 in Chicago.