March 9, 2012
DeKALB, Ill. - Several 2011 Northern Illinois seniors continued to pursue their professional football dreams Friday at the Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Center and Huskie Stadium during NIU's Annual Pro Day. A group of 12 Northern Illinois seniors, led by 2011 All-Americans Scott Wedige, Trevor Olson and Chandler Harnish, worked out for scouts from at least seven NFL teams.
The day started in the Yordon Center where some players completed written tests, then moved to the weight room where they were weighed and measured. The next activities were the vertical leap, broad jump and bench press. For the bench press, players lifted 225 pounds as many times as possible. Center Scott Wedige led the way with 25 repetitions, followed by Pat Schiller with 22.
Following the bench press, the action moved to the chilly turf of Brigham Field. The scouts in attendance decided that they wanted to hold the running and throwing outside in the sub-40 degree weather and 20 mph wind.
The on-field drills included the 40-yard dash, shuttle run and three-cone drill as well as many position specific activities. These included the throwing-receiving portion where Harnish, the only quarterback in attendance threw for approximately 20 minutes, including numerous deep and intermediate passes.
"I thought I threw the ball well and I'm happy with that," Harnish said. "It was a little chilly to start, but once you get past that and get your hands warmed up, you roll with it and have a good time. I feel like I did the things I needed to do and I definitely threw the deep ball well."
Harnish elected not to run or lift after posting numbers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this year. Since no Northern Illinois personnel were involved in the recording of results, all of which was done by the NFL scouts, the testing numbers from the day were not available.
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2012 NIU Pro Day Participants
Cameron Bell (FB), Willie Clark (WR), Jordan Delegal (LB), Ryan Fillingim (K), DeMarcus Grady (WR), Chandler Harnish (QB), Jas Hopkins (RB), Trevor Olson (OT), Keith Otis (OT), Nathan Palmer (WR), Pat Schiller (LB), Scott Wedige (C).
Confirmed Teams in Attendance
Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
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