Originally Published: Mar 9, 2011 9:34 AM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State held its annual Pro Day Wednesday and 15 Cowboys worked out for 22 NFL scouts and representatives inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
All-American Kendall Hunter and Lou Groza Award Winner Dan Bailey were two of the fifteen that participated in a number of tests that included vertical and broad jump, bench press, the 20, 40 and 60-yard dash as well as the three-cone drill and multiple physical measurements.
Defensive tackle Shane Jarka got the day rolling with a personal-best mark of 34 reps on the 225-pound bench press and wide receiver Bo Bowling recorded a vertical jump of 35.3 inches.
“They looked pretty pleased with my bench,” Jarka said of the immediate feedback he received from the scouts. “A couple of them came and talked to me to see how my knee was. I really don’t have a true feel for it, but I think they were pretty pleased with my bench from what I did today.”
Wednesday’s weather was cold and windy, but that wouldn’t stop the timing on the 40-yard dash inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Both Hunter and Bowling both sprinted to personal record times in the 40. Hunter broke his previous personal best in the 40- yard dash running a 4.49 on his second attempt which topped his previous record of 4.53 seconds.
When asked if he thought the conditions hurt his time, Hunter responded "It felt good just to get back out on the field and do football stuff again.” “I was aware that there was a chance for it to be cold today. But I looked on my phone and it said there would be some wind so I was prepared for it, said Hunter”
Defensive end Ugo Chinasa said he also felt good about his performance in front of the scouts.
“I think I got my personal best in all the drills at the Combine and down here I ran a 4.5 in the 40, so I felt like I did well,” Chinasa said.
Lucien Antoine, the only Cowboy working out at Pro Day that did not complete during the 2010 season went more than 10 feet in the broad jump.
Cornerback Andrew McGee was slowed by the hip injury sustained in his training leading up to Pro Day, but still performed in nearly every drill. Even though he was slightly hampered by the injury, he discussed some of the feedback he has gotten from NFL personnel.
"They like my leadership abilities and the fact that I am a hard worker,” McGee said. “When it is all said and done, no matter what it is, I am going to push hard and work hard and I am going to give it all I have.”
Linebacker Orie Lemon, a former high school quarterback, worked out as a linebacker and a QB. After completing his workout as linebacker, Lemon threw passes to Bowling, Hunter and fullback Bryant Ward while they worked on some of their position work. Lemon worked out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month, but noted the biggest difference between Pro Day on campus as opposed to at the Combine.
“Comfort. You’ll be more comfortable here than out there in Indianapolis,” Lemon said. “It’s not that much stress because you don’t have three days of going to the hospital and meetings and everything.”
Bailey capped off the action with some work in punts, kickoffs and placements. He connected on a 55-yard field goal to end the day.
"It was fun. The process is kind of long, so you just wait around and try to keep in shape,” Bailey said. “But it was fun to get out here and kick the ball a little bit.”
Below is the list of Cowboys who participated:
OL-- Anthony Morgan
OL --Jordan Taormina
RB --Kendall Hunter
FB --Bryant Ward
WR --Bo Bowling
WR-- Anthony Hill
DT --Chris Donaldson
DT --Shane Jarka
DE-- Ugo Chinasa
DE --Darius Hart
LB --Justin Gent
LB --Orie Lemon
LB --Tolu Moala
CB --Andrew McGee
S --Mathies Long