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Six NFL Teams Represented at Today's Pro Timing Event

March 21, 2002 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee held its annual Pro Timing Day on Thursday before six different NFL teams at Floyd Stadium. Former Blue Raider Kendall Newson, the school's all-time leading receiver, was the star attraction.

The Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and the Cleveland Browns were all represented at today's showcase for out-going seniors.

Along with Newson, former Blue Raiders Anthony Hood (DE), Jykine Bradley (DB), Hansford Johnson (WR), Wes Stephens (DE), Nick Payne (WR), Jamison Palmer (RB), and Scotty Brown (LB) all participated in the event. Tanaka Scott (DE) did not participate due to a shoulder injury.

The NFL reps put the athletes through various tests, including the standing long jump, vertical jump, bench press, 40-yard dash, and the 5-10-5 shuttle run. Terry Robiskie, assistant coach with the Browns, kept Newson, Payne, and Johnson late with running certain routes and catching passes. Robiskie had high praise for Newson, as well as the other scouts and coaches.

"He had a great workout and that's all you need to say," said Baltimore Raven scout John Wooten.

Newson's day included some impressive numbers. He leaped 10 foot even in the standing long jump, recorded a 34-inch vertical, had a 1.64 10-yard time, and improved his 40-time to 4.59. At the NFL Combines, Newson had a time of 4.68 and his goal coming into today was to get his time in the 4.5 range.

"It went well today," Newson said. "I was a little restless last night thinking about the days events, but I was prepared and felt good about what happened. I was particularly pleased with my improvement in the 40-yard dash, but I know I can make that better as well with some more work."

Other highlights on the day were Payne's standing long jump mark of 10 foot, seven inches, and his vertical leap of 35.5 inches. Johnson had the best 40-time at 4.39, while recording a 4.19 20-yard shuttle. Bradley registered a 4.55 40, a 34-inch vertical, and a 4.19 20-yard shuttle run.

NOTES: Pro Timing Day saw all four television stations and the Daily News Journal all in attendance, along with numerous former players ... Newson's agent, Hadley Englehard, was also in attendance.

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