Utah State football: Aggies' 40-yard dash times are the talk of pro day

By Tavin Stucki

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:30 p.m. MDT

NFL scouts size up Tyler Larsen during pro day at Utah State on Wednesday.

COURTESY UTAH STATE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

LOGAN — When Utah State's seniors ran the 40-yard dash at USU's pro day on Tuesday, the NFL scouts didn't believe their watches — literally.

Scouts measured the yard markers in the indoor training facility to make sure the Aggies weren't shorting them by a yard or 2.

"Oh, I knew it was right," cornerback Nevin Lawson said about the field's measurements. "At Utah State we don't cheat, we play fair."

All times were unofficial because there was no electronic timing system on the field. Instead, scouts and spectators used stopwatches to see how fast USU's players ran.

Several Aggies had 4.4-second times or lower: cornerback Tay Glover-Wright ran a 4.38 on his first run, Lawson ran a 4.3, cornerback Quinton Byrd ran a 4.3 and wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen posted a 4.4.

"I definitely felt like I got better from the combine," said Lawson about his 4.48 at the end of February. "That was my goal, to come out here and improve my numbers and my performance in every aspect. I know I did."

Other notable 40-yard dash times included linebacker Jake Doughty's 4.5, offensive lineman Eric Schultz's 4.96, defensive lineman AJ Pataiali’i's 4.9 and linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu's 4.6.

"I felt like I moved pretty well," Doughty said. "It's never perfect. There's little footwork, little mistakes I wish I could have fixed and kind of gone back on, but it's up to the scouts now."

Pataiali'i had a good day overall, posting a 31 1/2-inch vertical leap and a 9-foot mark in the standing broad jump.

"My agent says that's one of the top numbers for guys in the combine this year," said Pataiali'i, who also put up 29 reps on the bench press. "I'm kind of upset 'cause I know I could get more, but I'm happy and excited I put up the number that I did."

Running back Joey DeMartino had the best vertical jump at 36 inches. Glover-Wright's mark was 35 inches and Lawson posted a 34 1/2-inch mark.

DeMartino posted a broad jump of 9 feet, 7 inches. Byrd jumped 9 feet, 10 inches and Glover-Wright jumped 9 feet, 11 inches.

In the 225-pound bench press, Filimoeatu put the bar up an Aggie-high 33 times, followed by Pataiali'i with 29 and Schultz with 27.

There were 16 seniors who participated for Utah State, as well as two from the 2012 team and several others from Southern Utah and Weber State.

"It was fun," Lawson said. "I've competed with these boys for a long time, and this is our last time performing together. This was a great experience and I love that we all went out together with a bang."

Meanwhile, the current Aggies will practice Thursday, hold a scrimmage Friday and conclude the final week of spring practice with the annual blue-white spring game at 2 p.m. on April 12.

Tavin Stucki is a senior journalism student at Utah State University and editor-in-chief of The Utah Statesman, the Aggie campus newspaper. Twitter: @DesNewsAggies @StuckiAggies

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