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Seven Former Cal Poly Football Players Participate in NFL Pro Day

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Seven former Cal Poly football players displayed their physical talents before six National Football League scouts at the annual NFL Pro Day held Tuesday morning.

Cornerback Asa Jackson elected only to participate in the long shuttle and posted a time of 11.57 seconds. He also participated in position drills, catching numerous short passes in various positions.

Jackson had already participated in Hawaii's NFL Pro Day earlier this month in Carson, posting a time of 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recording a mark of 37.5 inches in the vertical jump. He currently is 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.

Slotback and return specialist Mark Rodgers turned in a 4.49 clocking in the 40, performed 16 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press and recorded a standing broad jump mark of 10 feet, 2 inches.

Rodgers also was timed in 11.83 seconds in the long shuttle and 4.37 seconds in the pro shuttle with a mark of 34 inches in the vertical jump. Like Jackson, Rodgers underwent pass catching position drills as well.

Rodgers 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.

Offensive lineman Scott Winnewisser, who has increased his weight to 301 pounds and stands 6-4.5, completed the 40-yard dash in 5.10 seconds and performed 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Other marks include 4.62 seconds in the short shuttle, 29 inches on the vertical jump and 9-3 in the standing broad jump.

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.

Defensive lineman Gavin Cooper, slowed by a foot injury which required surgery in the offseason, limiting him to just five games last fall, ran a solid time of 4.97 seconds in the 40 and notched 31 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press.

Cooper also recorded a 29-inch vertical jump. He earned five tackles in five games last fall, including a pair of sacks. He also notched two quarterback hurries.

Defensive lineman Matt Singletary, linebacker and nickel back Max Schulz and defensive lineman Joe Brum also participated in NFL Pro Day drills Tuesday.

Singletary ran his 40 in 5.0 seconds flat and recorded marks of 4.56 seconds in the short shuttle, 27.5 inches in the vertical jump and 9-4 in the standing broad jump.

Schulz turned in times of 4.57 seconds in the 40, 11.78 seconds in the long shuttle and 4.43 seconds in the short shuttle. Schulz also earned marks of 33 inches in the vertical jump and 9-9 in the standing broad jump.

Brum ran his 40 in 5.10 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.75 seconds. He also performed 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench.

Brum and Winnewisser also executed well in long snapping drills.

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 Brum earned two tackles in seven games, assisting on one tackle for lost yardage.

Scouts from the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals sent the seven Mustangs through the two-hour drills.

Wednesday morning's 40-yard dash at the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex has been canceled due to rain. As many as 19 Mustangs who were juniors last fall were tested and measured in the coaches offices.

The group of seniors-to-be included 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.

The 2012 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.