Wednesday, March 14, 2012
UNT hosts NFL Pro Day at Apogee Stadium
Nineteen players, including running back Lance Dunbar, worked out in hopes of impressing scouts.
Pro Day allows NFL scouts to work out draft prospects and talk with players and their coaches about the NFL Draft, which begins April 26.
Nineteen potential NFL Draft eligible prospects completed a series of workouts at Apogee, including the 40-yard dash and the 225-pound bench press.
Scouts from the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks were present for UNT’s Pro Day.
Senior running back Lance Dunbar, who finished his UNT career as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,224 yards, completed seven workouts for the scouts.
Among the most important was his 40-yard dash time, which he ran in 4.50 and 4.47 seconds. Each player has an opportunity to run the 40-yard dash twice.
“The 40 was a big deal for me,” he told meangreensports.com. “I worked hard for the last two months to get ready for today because I knew it was my big day. Came out, did what I had to do. Hopefully.”
Senior defensive end Brandon Akpunku, who led the team in sacks with 7.5 last season, also worked out for the scouts.
“My vertical jump and broad jump were definitely opportunities to show how explosive I am,” he told meangreensports.com. “I got off to a good start there.”
UNT has not had a player drafted since 2004, when the Oakland Raiders selected linebacker Cody Spencer in the sixth round. New Orleans Saints running back Patrick Cobbs and New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters are the only UNT players currently playing in the NFL.
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