OU Pro Day: Army grad shines
At OU's 2010 pro day, NFL head coaches, offensive coordinators and dozens of scouts descended on Norman to watch quarterback Sam Bradford throw for the first time. ESPN even set up a stage to broadcast from the Everest Indoor Training Center.
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By comparison, OU's pro day Tuesday had little fanfare.
Running back DeMarco Murray and safety Quinton Carter, the Sooners' top two prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, participated only in position drills. All-Big 12 defensive end Jeremy Beal didn't run the 40-yard dash either, partaking in only the cone drills.
All of that allowed Army graduate Collin Mooney to steal the show.
Mooney set Army's single-season record by running for 1,339 yards in 2008, but the fullback from Katy, Texas, has been completing his military obligations, most recently spending the last eight months training privates at Fort Sill to be members of howitzer cannon crews. Close to completing his military duties, Mooney will be eligible for the upcoming draft.
Mooney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and had the day's most impressive bench press performance, lifting 225 pounds 28 times.
“Today I really just want to spark some interest,” Mooney told The Associated Press. “I've been out of the game for two years. I just want to show that I'm still in shape and I can still run and do everything. That was my main mission.
“For me, it was a good day. It's actually kind of surreal that I'm actually here. I've been waiting so long.”