Austin shines in successful USU Pro Day

Former Utah State wide receiver Matt Austin catches a pass during the USU Pro Day on March 7, 2013. Austin posted the fastest time of the day in the 40-yard dash as he ran it in 4.5 seconds.

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Representatives from 10 NFL teams and one team from the Canadian Football League attended the USU football team’s Pro Day Thursday, held at the university. For the Aggies, 11 former players worked out in front of the scouts – highlighted by defensive back Will Davis and running back Kerwynn Williams.

While Davis and Williams competed in the recent NFL combine and are known commodities, the biggest story of the day may have been the receiver Matt Austin. Known for his sure hands and not necessarily his speed, Austin surprised all as he posted the fastest time of the day in the 40-yard dash, running it in 4.5 seconds.

“One of the main focuses, I’m sure you guys know, was that 40. I was blessed to have the fastest time today,” Austin said. “I know for sure they didn’t think I could run that fast. At that all-star game, at the interviews that I had, they were just saying that I was probably going to be a 4.6 guy, or somewhere around that.”

Austin’s performance was especially impressive as he has been battling some sort of bug for a couple of weeks now, and was even throwing up in between the drills.

Along with Austin, one of the better performances of the day went to defensive back Terrence Alston. The 5-foot 9-inch, 176-pound Alston turned some heads with his agility and his ball skills, and was clearly the most skilled defensive back on the field besides Davis.

“Terrence has the best feet I’ve seen personally. He’s smooth, I just love how he’s quick – boom, boom. I told him, you come out here, you better have the best feet out here, hands down. That’s something I put pressure on him. You’ve got the smoothest feet, don’t be nervous … when I came earlier this week and I was doing DB drills, he was looking nice.”

Defensive lineman Al Lapuaho also had a solid Pro Day as he was the top bench-presser of the day with 33 reps of the 225-pound bench press. For his size, Lapuaho also performed well in the speed and agility drills, having lost 13 pounds in the past two weeks.

“I’m not really a long-distance guy, I’m a short-spurt guy,” Lapuaho said. “I’m happy with it, I’m glad it’s over. I’m going to go have some fries and some fried chicken and all that stuff … I talked to some of the scouts, and they don’t mind me heavy, so that’s good.”

Some players like Lapuaho and Austin will remain in Logan and continue to train, while others like Williams and Davis will head home to their respective states – Kerwynn to Nevada and Will to Washington – as they continue to train and wait for the 2013 NFL draft which will begin on Thursday, April 25.

Along with the players mentioned above, former Aggies Kellen Bartlett (tight end), Chuck Jacobs (receiver), Oscar Molina-Sanchez (offensive lineman), and Jamanne Robertson (defensive back) all participated in the Pro Day. Former USU players Alfred Bowden and Walter McClenton as participated in the drills, along with a host of former players from Southern Utah University.

“It’s weird kind of knowing this might be the last time I even do drills with them,” Davis said. “I’m just glad to be back, I’m glad to see them, glad to be with them and around them.”


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