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Eagles Flying Around at Pro Day in Paulson

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Fourteen Eagles Complete Workouts for NFL Scouts Thursday
Drills at Paulson Stadium concluded day of measurements and tests 

STATESBORO, Ga.
 – With the Paulson Stadium and Football Operations Center construction as the backdrop, 12 Georgia Southern Football seniors and two former Eagles had their "job interviews" with 16 NFL teams represented at Pro Day today. Months of training prior to spending a few short, but important, hours in Iron Works and on Glenn Bryant Field may allow several Eagles to continue their football-playing careers.

Earlier in the day, NFL personnel jotted notes and measurements in Iron Works as the Eagles were weighed and measured for height without cleats. Each individual had two attempts at the vertical jump, a broad jump flight and then went to the bench press before heading to a freshly striped field at Paulson Stadium.

Former and current Eagles, including J.J. Wilcox, of the Dallas Cowboys, and Darius Eubanks, of the Cleveland Browns, watched the activities.

"I wasn't nervous, just more anxious, I've been waiting on this since the season ended," said Jerick McKinnon. "I had a good showing at the Combine and was ready to improve upon that. Overall, everybody did a great job today, everyone got out there and competed and I'm so proud of my brothers."

McKinnon, who tied the Georgia Southern playoff record for interceptions in a single game with two when he played in the secondary in the latter part of the 2011 season, said he had no preference in terms of what side of the ball he would like to play. Even with his stunning numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine, he felt like he had something to prove.

"I wanted to prove my versatility as a running back, catch the ball out of the backfield, show quick feet, show that I had good hips in the DB (defensive back) drills, really shock the scouts in the defensive areas," McKinnon said. "I figure the more I can do the better, the more I can contribute to a team and an organization, really, I'm just trying to find a job, this is an opportunity I am blessed with."

"I feel like everyone went out there and showcased what they could do," said Lavelle Westbrooks, who has been training in Statesboro since returning from the NFL Scouting Combine. "It was a great competition for everybody, and I think we put on a great show for Georgia Southern. After the Senior Bowl and Combine, it was great to go and let loose and have fun out there. It was one of the last times we'll be able to go out and compete at Paulson Stadium with our teammates.I really enjoyed it today."

Defensive lineman Blake Riley put up the highest bench press number Thursday with 30 reps with 225-lbs. of weight. Running back Torrance Hunt posted the top vertical on his second try with a 43" effort and recorded the lowest 40 time (wind-aided) at 4.24. Hunt participated in the NFL Regional Combine in Houston at the beginning of February. Johnathan Bryant posted a 4.09 in the short shuttle drill, an 11.16 in the 60-yard shuttle drill and a 6.75 in the three-cone drill, all lows for the group that participated today.

Both McKinnon and Westbrooks opted to keep some of their measurements and times from the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Both have some additional workouts for teams in the next few weeks leading up to May's NFL Draft. Several other Eagles will pursue tryout opportunities with Canadian Football League teams and wait for phone calls.

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