BYU football: Ex-Cougs play 'waiting game' after Pro Day workouts
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
PROVO — Former BYU offensive lineman Matt Reynolds has done all he can do.
After participating in Pro Day Thursday on campus, he is looking forward to the National Football League Draft on April 26-28. But when it comes to improving his draft stock until then, it's pretty much out of his hands.
"Right now, it's just a waiting game," said Reynolds, who started all 52 games in his recently completed Cougar career. "After Pro Day, you really have to wait until the draft and wait for your name to get called."
Reynolds is expected to be drafted, but he has no idea which round.
"I've heard all across the board. It's hard to know right now," he said. "So many things can change between now and the draft. So many things can change on draft day as well. Anybody's guess is as good as mine right now."
Reynolds was one of 10 former BYU players who participated in Pro Day, along with offensive lineman Terence Brown, running back JJ Di Luigi, defensive back Corby Eason, defensive lineman Hebron "Loni" Fangupo, linebacker Jameson Frazier, wide receiver McKay Jacobson, linebacker Jordan Pendleton, defensive lineman Matt Putnam, and defensive back Travis Uale.
There were also three other participants who did not play at BYU — quarterback Andrew Hatch (Harvard), tight end Les Brown (Westminster) — who is the brother of current Cougar offensive lineman Braden Brown — and offensive lineman Devin Tavana (Southern Utah University).
Scouts from 17 NFL teams attended Pro Day to put the players through workouts.
"I felt like I did great. I left it all out there for sure," said Terence Brown, who recorded 25 reps in the bench press. "I feel great about my performance. It's kind of out of my hands now. Hopefully someone gives me a shot. That's all I want."
Reynolds and Fangupo went to the NFL combine in February. Reynolds, who spend two months this winter working out in Los Angeles, shaved two-tenths of a second off his 40-yard dash time to 5.12 on Thursday.
"It was a lot of fun," Reynolds said. "I improved in all the areas that I wanted to. My 40 was two-tenths faster. It was better from the combine, for sure. It was a lot less stressful than the combine. I felt really good about it."
Fangupo, who played just one season at BYU after transferring from USC, did not do the bench press on Thursday because he recorded an impressive 36 reps at the combine. But he did run and do other drills.
"Right now, I'm watching my dreams unfold right before my eyes. I have an opportunity to go to the next level. I'm excited," Fangupo said. "I'm just staying humble, staying hungry. I'm starving, man. Oh, I'm starving. I need to get to the League. I need to buy diapers, man. It's expensive. My night shift with the baby's about to start. … I'm happy with what I did today. I'm happy with what I did at the combine."
Di Luigi said he enjoyed his Pro Day experience.
"It's not so much the nerves of, 'I've got to do well.' It's the nerves of, 'OK, this is going to decide my future if I'm going to go here or I've got to go some other direction.' That's the nervous part. Now that this is over, it's more nervous, seeing what's going to happen in the future."
While official times in the 40 were not released, Di Luigi said he's been running in the low 4.4s. He has been working with an Olympic track coach to improve his speed.
As for his role at the next level?
"Realistically, I think I can do punts, kickoffs, slot receiver, third-down back," Di Luigi said. "I've got hands, and that's what they wanted to see out of me, catching the ball out of the backfield. I think I did a good showing in that."
In the skills portion of the day, former BYU quarterback Max Hall, who is an NFL free agent, threw passes to Di Luigi and Jacobson.
Other former Cougars who watched Pro Day included Austin Collie, Andrew George, Harvey Unga and David Nixon.
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