PHILADELPHIA - On Wednesday, the University of Pennsylvania football team hosted its Pro Day at Franklin Field. Penn seniors Luke Nawrocki, Greg Van Roten, Erik Rask and Matt Hamscher, as well as several other local players, went through the NFL Combine work out for scouts, coaches, agents, fans and members of the media.
The players met with scouts from the NFL, including the Philadelphia Eagles, and the CFL, prior to the work out and were then taken to have their official height and weight measurements recorded.
Identical to the work out at the NFL scouting combine, the players went through several tests of strength, speed and agility. The morning started inside the state-of-the-art George A. Weiss Pavilion weight room. On the bench press, each player tried to complete as many repititions as possible at 225 lbs. They then tested their vertical leap before moving outside.
On Franklin Field, the players were sent through a variety of drills, including the broad jump, the 40-yard dash and several agility drills. The final drills at Franklin Field were position based. The players ran through a series of position-specific drills with the scouts.
Since Al Bagnoli took over as the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, 13 Penn players have signed NFL contracts. The last of which was linebacker/long snapper Jake Lewko in 2010 when he signed with the Tennessee Titans.
More about the four Penn Quakers who participated in Pro Day:
RB/DB/KR Matt Hamscher
2011/Career Notes: Two-time Ivy League champion ... 2010 and 2011 second-team All-Ivy ... Played in 34 games in his career, including four starts at running back and 16 starts in the defensive backfield ... Finished his career with 1,269 all-purpose yards ... He had 441 rushing yards, 111 receiving yards, 127 punt return yards, 560 kick return yards and 30 interception return yards ... He had a passing, rushing, receiving and interception return for a touchdown during his career ... Finished his career with 99 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three interceptions and 7.5 sacks ... Was third in the Ivy League and led the team in punt return average (6.0) as a senior ... Was first on the team in kick return average (16.5), tied for first in interceptions and forced fumbles (two apiece), fourth in all-purpose yards (584), and tied for second on the team with 51 tackles in 2011 ... Had a career-high 12 tackles against Villanova (Sept. 24) ... Had a tackle in every game he played in 2011, including at least four in eight games ... Registered a career-best 114 all-purpose yards and his defensive touchdown in the Homecoming win over Princeton (Nov. 5) ... Forced a fumble in each of his last two games and recorded two sacks in his final collegiate game.
TE Luke Nawrocki
2011/Career Notes: Two-time Ivy League champion ... Three-time All-Ivy honorable mention ... Finished his career with 49 receptions, 464 receiving yards and three touchdowns ... Had a streak of 17 consecutive games with a catch ... Played in all but one game over his last three seasons ... Started all 10 games as a senior and finished third on the team with 20 receptions ... Career-high five catches and 61 receiving yards in win over Fordham (Oct. 8) ... Also had five catches and a touchdown in come-from-behind win over Yale (Oct. 22) ... Also had two touchdowns as a sophomore.
LB Erik Rask
2011/Career Notes: Two-time Ivy League champion ... 2011 Asa A. Bushnell Cup (Ivy MVP) finalist ... Unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection as a senior ... 2010 first-team All-Ivy ... 2009 honorable mention All-Ivy ... Played in each of the last 30 games for the Quakers and started every game his junior and senior seasons ... Two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 19, 2010; Nov. 7, 2011) ... Finished his career with 190 tackles (110 solo), 30.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, three interceptions, 13 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks ... Blocked a punt as a sophomore against Cornell and blocked a field goal in the Ivy title-clinching game against Harvard his junior season ... Returned an interception for a touchdown in the final game of his career ... Led the team in tackles as a junior and senior ... Finished sixth in the Ivy League in tackles with a career-high 83 in 2011 ... Single-game high of 16 tackles came in Homecoming win over Princeton (Nov. 5).
OL Greg Van Roten
2011/Career Notes: Two-time Ivy League champion ... Started all 30 games for the Quakers over his final three seasons ... Unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection as a senior ... 2010 first-team All-Ivy ... 2009 honorable mention All-Ivy ... As a junior, he anchored the top rushing, scoring and total offense in the Ivy League ... The Quakers finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the nation in 2010 ... Penn allowed the fewest sacks in the league in 2009 and 2010.