Kansas Football Holds its Annual Pro Day

March 16, 2011


Ten former Kansas football players worked out in front of nine National Football League scouts as the Jayhawks held their annual Pro Timing Day on Wednesday at the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium.

Among the group were 10 of last year’s seniors: linebacker Drew Dudley, defensive back Chris Harris, defensive end Jake Laptad, running back Angus Quigley, punter Alonso Rojas, defensive back Calvin Rubles, linebacker Justin Springer, offensive tackle Brad Thorson, wide receiver Johnathan Wilson and defensive end Quintin Woods.

The players were measured and weighed and tested for flexibility before performing vertical jumps, horizontal jumps and the bench press. The players also ran the 40-yard dash along with several cone and shuttle drills before doing position work in front of the scouts. Questionnaires and other testing also took place.

NFL teams represented at the Pro Timing Day were the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

Thorson said he felt like he helped himself with the Pro Day.

“I think I ran really well and I’ve always been pretty good at running, so I figured that was going to be my strong suit,” Thorson said.

“I came in here and did sets at both tackles and both guards and I felt fluid there. This is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity, you only get to do it once. I hope my showing was at least good enough. Now it becomes a wait and see game.”

Harris also felt like he had a strong day. The former Jayhawk standout worked out at both corner and safety.

“I came out and showed (the scouts) that I was fast and I hit 14 on the bench, so I accomplished my goals. I did pretty well on the position drills, so I definitely showed them that I could play.”