The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team held its annual Pro Day at the Wolford Family Strength & Conditioning Facility and Finely Stadium today. Four former Mocs worked out in front of 18 NFL scouts and coaches during the late morning session.
Quarterback B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) is expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft and was the main draw of the day. He worked out at the NFL Combine in February but was limited due to a broken bone in his throwing hand. Today was the first chance for the scouts and coaches to see his throwing ability up close.
Coleman went through a progression of throws with former UTC teammate and All-American Joel Bradford (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and other receivers. He had plenty of zip on his passes and looked completely healed from the hand injury that kept him from throwing at the Combine.
"Hand felt great," said Coleman. "I felt like I had a great rotation on the football. The velocity and accuracy - I felt very comfortable with. Judging the speeds on the long ball, you have to know your guys, so I felt very comfortable with Joel. No soreness at all."
Coleman also clocked and impressive 4.87 in the 40-yard dash (unofficial). That time would have been just outside of the top-10 among quarterbacks at the Combine.
Bradford also put up some good numbers. He had the highest vertical leap at 36". He also posted 10' even on the broad jump. Unofficially, his 40-time was clocked at 4.43 which would have ranked 11th among the receivers at this year's Combine.
"I tried to come out here and showcase my talents and do my best," stated Bradford. "I slipped a couple of times but it was a good day overall. I am just trying to turn some heads."
Former All-Southern Conference defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris (Smyrna, Ga.) also performed well. He had a 35' vertical and a 10'2" broad jump. He ran well with a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash. Hos 40 time would have tied for the eighth among the defensive backs at the Combine. He also had 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
"It was a great experience and I enjoyed it," stated Lewis-Harris. "It was the experience of a lifetime really. I just wanted to put up some times to get someone's attention."
Also working out today was Class of 2010 running back Erroll Wynn. He showed well in all of the drills and appeared in great shape.
On hand watching his former teammates was current Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine. Skrine was in the same situation last year before being drafted in the fifth round by the Browns.
"It feels good to see my former teammates here doing their thing," added Skrine. "I told them to come out here and just do what you have been doing. You have been working hard for months so just let it all out. I think they did well. I know Joel ran fast, Chris ran fast and B.J. threw well and ran fast for a quarterback. They all had good performances."
Today's workouts drew a big crowd to Finley Stadium. The 18 scouts and coaches were three more than the attendance at last year's session that included Skrine and offensive lineman Chris Harr. Harr was able to turn his showing into an invite to the Kansas City Chiefs camp. There were also over 200 fans, teammates and supporters on the field and in the stands watching the action.
"It is big for us" said UTC head football coach Russ Huesman. "To get this kind of exposure and have players that have a chance to play at the next level is tremendous. Obviously, B.J. brought most of them out here and they all know that. He is an excellent prospect. What he has done for this program has been huge and it is just adding on here. Hopefully he has a big NFL career and we can continue to brag on him."