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Williams shines at Western's pro day

Issue date: 3/6/09 Section: Sports

Fourteen NFL teams were represented at Western Illinois' pro scout day Tuesday as 12 former Leathernecks worked out in Western Hall.

After being measured and weighed, then tested in the 225-pound bench press, players moved to the gym floor for the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.

In the bench press, during which scouts are measuring endurance in addition to strength, running back Herb Donaldson posted 28 repetitions - the highest number of the day.

Linebacker Jason Williams posted the day's best results in both the 40 and the vertical jump. His time of 4.49 seconds was .07 seconds faster than the quickest linebacker invited to last month's NFL combine, and would have placed second among all cornerbacks and third among the safeties. His vertical jump of 39 inches was two inches better than any of the combine's linebackers. Williams put up 26 repetitions in the bench press.

Donaldson and Williams are the Leathernecks receiving the most attention from scouts leading up to the April 25-26 NFL Draft. Both of them received short individual workouts on Hanson Field at the conclusion indoor drills.

"From a coaches' standpoint, I was very proud of how our draft-eligible players represented their team," said Western Illinois head coach Don Patterson. "They have prepared long and hard for this, and I am really proud of how they performed as a group. Herb really helped himself today. He showed that he could catch the ball really well outside. And Jason proved to the scouts why he was the best all-around athlete on our team."

The Leathernecks have a storied tradition of sending players to the NFL, as six former Leathernecks are currently in the professional ranks and six of the last eight Super Bowl champions have included Western Illinois alumni.

NFL teams in attendance Tuesday were the Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, 49ers, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Titans and Vikings.

Great news for Jason Williams. He is a great LB and im happy to see the Falcons went and checked him out.

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