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Austin powerful: Inside the Texas workouts


Editor's Note: Many players who participated in the scouting combine in Indianapolis will also work out individually at their respective schools. Gil Brandt takes a closer look at one school's workouts -- those of the University of Texas, held on March 20.

AUSTIN, Tex. (March 20, 2002) -- It's a full house for the Pro Day at the University of Texas. Fifty-one people from around the NFL have convened, including Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe and, from the San Diego Chargers, head coach Marty Schottenheimer and general manager John Butler.

The first order of business was getting draft-day information. C.O. Brocato, the Tennessee Titans' national director of college scouting, was there at 6:30 a.m. to gather the information. The proceedings wrapped up at about 1:45 p.m, when quarterback Major Applewhite worked out for some scouts, who were pretty impressed.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown got down to the auditorium and personally greeted the 50-plus coaches and scouts that were there. Coach Brown kicked off the meeting and talked about the Texas philosophy, one that includes random drug tests once a week. He also talked about the type of player they recruit and the type of behavior that they encourage.

They brought in Dr. Carey Windler, the team orthopedic surgeon who has been in place for 16 years. He talked about offensive tackle Mike Williams and he explained the tests they had put him through as they related to the injury he suffered in the game against Texas Tech.

Williams re-entered the game after the team's medical staff gave him a "feel" test. Dr. Windler sent a letter to every team, confirming that there was nothing wrong with the knee.

All were impressed with the way Jeff "Mad Dog" Madden, the strength and conditioning coach, ran the day. However, the real star of the show was the barbecue dinner served by Bert's Barbecue.

Mike Williams OT

He weighed in at 374 pounds, ran a 5.28 40 and posted a vertical jump of 32 inches. He already long-jumped at the combine. He did not do individual drill workouts after pulling a muscle during his 40-yard dash, which is why he ran just once.

Quentin Jammer CB

He looked great, checking in at 195 pounds, benching 17 times and running a low of 4.42 seconds for the 40-yard dash and a high of 4.50, for a 4.46 average. UT has a soft indoor track, not as fast as others, including that of the University of Tennessee. Jammer cleared 37½ inches on the vertical jump and long-jumped 11 feet. He ran the short shuttle in under four seconds, which is a very good time, and looked outstanding in field drills that were conducted in their bubble.


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