Blue Raiders Have Record Turnout for Pro Timing Day

March 18, 2003 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee football program entertained 19 NFL teams and over 30 scouts at Tuesday's Pro Timing Day, which was sponsored locally by Jersey Mike's Subs. The Blue Raiders had 10 former players go through a nearly two-hour workout for the NFL Scouts.


Tyrone Calico, Sheldon Durham, Chris Gatlin, Dwone Hicks, Reggie Jones, ReShard Lee, Kevin Pascoe, Tanaka Scott, Samuel Smith, and David Youell all tried to upgrade their status for next months NFL Draft.


The team's represented today were the Titans, Ravens, Lions, Dolphins, Patriots, Falcons, 49ers, Browns, Raiders, Panthers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Steelers, Vikings, Redskins, Bengals, Giants, Eagles, and Texans. It marks the largest turnout for Pro Timing Day in the history of the Blue Raider football program.


"This says a lot about our program and the direction it is heading," Head Coach Andy McCollum said. "We are bringing in the right athletes and players and giving them a chance to move to the next level. They were all very complimentary of our players, program, and facilities."


Today's workout marked the first time Hicks has run the 40-yard dash for the scouts, and the Blue Raiders' all-time leading touchdown maker was pleased with his 4.56 time.


"I thought I performed well today," Hicks stated. "I ran well, caught well, and really helped myself. No matter where I am picked, I am confident I will get with a team and help make them better."


Another Blue Raider who continues to impress is Calico, and he did nothing to let anyone down today.


"He has absolutely everything in front of him," said Joe Womack, a scout with the Redskins.


Calico, who did not run today, turned in a 4.34 at the combines last month and did mostly position work today. A number of NFL teams have told Calico they would love to coach him and they love his combination of size and speed. The Millington, TN, native did say he had a few things to continue working on.


"I need to keep working on coming in and out of breaks and catching the high ball," Calico said. "But overall, I am pleased with the way things have gone so far."


The NFL Draft is set for April 26-27.

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