Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Iowa Pro Day - News & Notes

Year in and year out, there is always news of former Hawkeyes making their mark in the NFL.  NFL personnel and coaching staffs alike are no strangers to the Hawkeye Football program and know what type of players they can expect to get out of Iowa.  In his 12 years at Iowa, Coach Ferentz and his staff have earned plenty of respect from NFL franchises all over the league.

"Typically with IOWA players, we get character, work ethic, dedication and football runs deep in this program and it's preached to these players.  The majority of players that you get out of this program are going to come into the NFL and not miss a beat.  That's a tribute to Kirk Ferentz and his staff, to strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle and his staff, and to the players."   - Scott Studwell (Director of College Scouting, Minnesota Vikings) 

The Iowa Hawkeyes hosted their NFL Pro Day just two days ago inside the Hayden Fry Football Complex.  NFL Scouts and Coaches representing all 32 NFL Franchises were in town to take a look at the 14 former Hawkeyes who participated in the Pro Day activities.

Among the 14 participants were:
QB - Rick Stanzi
FB - Brett Morse
TE - Allen Reisner
OL - Julian Vandervelde
DE - Adrian Clayborn
DL - Christian Ballard
DT - Karl Klug
LB - Jeremiha Hunter
LB - Troy Johnson
LB - Jeff Tarpinian
S - Brett Greenwood
S - Tyler Sash
LS - Andrew Schulze
P - Ryan Donahue

NFL Scouts and Coaches get some information from Coach Doyle prior to the start of Pro Day

Former Hawkeye Defensive End Adrian Clayborn attempting the Vertical Jump

Coach Ferentz takes some time to talk with NFL Personnel during the Pro Day event

Former Hawkeye Defensive Lineman Christian Ballard attempting the Vertical Jump

Adrian Clayborn working out as a Tight End?  Just kidding, Adrian working in some defensive drills for the scouts and defensive line coaches that were in attendance.

Make sure to check back regularly throughout the day today as we will be posting more pictures and several interviews with Coach Ferentz, Coach Doyle, Rick Stanzi and Christian Ballard following the Pro Day event.