March 11, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut held its annual Pro Timing and Testing Day on Tuesday at the Mark R. Shenkman Center. A large crowd was on hand as always as 28 NFL teams were represented by 32 individuals.
Players started the day with measurements and physical testing in the strength and conditioning room of the Shenkman Center. Among the tests there were height, weight, bench press, broad jump and vertical jump. Activities then moved to the field in the Shenkman Training Center for events such as the 40-yard dash and 60-yard shuttle. Following that, individual position workouts were held.
The former Huskies that participated were: offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett, kicker Chad Christen, linebacker Ryan Donohue, offensive guard Steve Greene, running back Martin Hyppolite, defensive end Jesse Joseph, cornerback Taylor Mack, tight end Spencer Parker, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, punter Cole Wagner and defensive tackle Tim Willman.)
Here are some quotes and video from the event. Defensive Tackle
On his overall feeling of the event: "I felt good to definitely get after it. They tried to push me and I think I responded well."
On nerves coming in: "I mean I was a little nervous but once it started kicking in and I started getting through the motions it felt good. I stayed a up a little bit last night but I felt good."
On what he worked on with specific coaches: "Just a lot of pass technique, trying to shore that up, get comfortable with my pass rush and stuff they do [in the NFL] on a daily basis. It made me feel good, made me feel like they definitely want me and definitely want to see what I can do.") )
Linebacker Yawin Smallwood
On what linebacker spots he feels comfortable with: "I played inside linebacker in the 4-3 most of my time but like I tell all these if you give me a playbook I'm going to learn it and I'm going to do whatever I can to the best of my abilities. I'm ready for whatever system I end up in."
Tight End Spencer Parker
On what he can get out of this event: "I came here, I don't really expect anything to come from it but I'm working for something to come from it. I see myself doing whatever I can do and it would be great to be the next Ryan Griffin here at Connecticut since he's become a great player already just after his rookie season. Nick Williams too, there's just stories that show you it can happen, anything can happen."