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March 25, 2012

Cal Poly Football’s NFL Pro Days Set for March 27-28

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Eight Mustangs who completed their Cal Poly football careers will participate in Tuesday's NFL Pro Day for seniors.

The day begins with scouts watching film of the seniors at 8 a.m., followed by a warm-up period in the weight room at 9 a.m. and testing in the weight room at 9:30 a.m. Drills include the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump.

The players will move to the artificial turf field at the Cal Poly Sports Complex for testing at 11 a.m. Players will be tested in the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill, long shuttle and certain position drills.

Cal Poly's contingent of players is led by cornerback Asa Jackson, who played in the 2012 Senior Bowl and attended the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.  He also attended Hawaii's pro day March 5 in Carson, Calif., shaving five hundredths of a second off of his 40-yard dash (4.44) from the time he posted at the Combine (4.49) and adding three inches to his vertical jump (34.5"-37.5"). Jackson is currently rated as the No. 25 cornerback in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.

A graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento and a preseason Buck Buchanan Award candidate (he finished 15th in final balloting released Jan. 6), Jackson notched 199 tackles in four seasons with the Mustangs along with eight interceptions (two in each season) and 32 pass breakups. In his senior campaign, the four-time All-Great West Conference first-team selection had 54 tackles (31 solo) with two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, and seven pass breakups.

Running back and return specialist Mark Rodgers, offensive lineman Scott Winnewisser and defensive lineman Gavin Cooper also will be tested Tuesday.

Rodgers (pictured above) rushed for 588 yards and two scores and caught 16 passes for 198 yards and two more touchdowns last fall. He also averaged 22.5 yards per kickoff return and was among the nation's leaders in all-purpose yardage, averaging 142.2 yards a contest. Rodgers netted 882 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, including a 235-yard performance against South Dakota, and was among the nation's leaders in kickoff returns, averaging 27.4 yards per return with a long of 65 yards. He posted five career 100-yard games rushing.

Winnewisser anchored a Mustang offensive line which enabled Cal Poly to finish No. 1 in the Great West in rushing offense, scoring offense and total offense and No. 2 in sacks allowed. The Mustangs finished No. 6 in the FCS in rushing offense, No. 27 in scoring offense, No. 40 in total offense and No. 49 in sacks allowed.

Cooper, slowed by a foot injury which required surgery in the offseason, earned five tackles in five games last fall, including a pair of sacks. He also notched two quarterback hurries.

Rounding out the Cal Poly group are safety Greg Francis, defensive lineman Matt Singletary, linebacker and nickel back Max Schulz and wide receiver Jarred Houston.

Francis recorded 61 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups last fall while Singletary, son of former NFL head coach Mike Singletary, notched 11 tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Schulz had 25 tackles, including a sack, one pass breakup and two hurries while Houston caught four passes for 78 yards, two for touchdowns, and averaged 24.0 yards on three kickoff returns.

On Wednesday, as many as 19 Mustangs who were juniors last fall will be tested, starting with the 40-yard dash on the artificial turf field at 10 a.m. and moving to the coaches offices for further testing at noon.

The group of seniors-to-be include quarterbacks Andre Broadous and Doug Shumway, slotbacks Deonte Williams and Ryan Solomon, fullback Quentin Greenlaw, wide receivers Ryan Taylor, Josh Swaney and Brandon Michalkiewicz, offensive linemen Karl Winkelman, Geoff Hyde, Giovanni Sani and Korben Boaz, linebacker Kennith Jackson and defensive backs Bijon Samoodi, Nico Molino, Logan Budd, Matthew Reza, Justin Webber and Bismark Navarro.