Local athletes showcase skills at UM Pro Day


MISSOULA, Mont. - Tuesday afternoon saw roughly 20 former college football players showcase their skills for nearly a dozen NFL scouts inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Montana Pro Day was headlined by former Griz linebacker Jordan Tripp, although Tripp only did position drills after participating at the NFL Combine last month. "It's different in the respect that I just did position drills," said Tripp. "But at the end of the day I mean any of these guys that test those are just as important as anything else so you got to get your mind right you know just going to stand on my combine numbers and come out here and do position drills which was everything they want to do. I'm just very happy with this whole process and how everything's gone." Tripp's former teammate Brock Coyle had a solid day. The linebacker recorded a vertical jump of 37 inches, hit 25 reps on his bench press,and ran a 40-yard dash of 4.59 seconds. "When I started training down in Orlando on January second I had this date in mind," said Coyle. "Just really happy with my performance today and just came out and just put all my hard work to action so it was a great day today. Training you'll hits some numbers that you're really happy with but for here I was just really happy with my workout today. I thought I had a good workout and ran well and I'm just happy with it." Along with many former Griz players there were also a pair of former MSU Bobcats in Cody Kirk and Preston Gale who chose to work out at the Pro Day in Missoula.

"I felt like I did alright. Obviously I can always do a little bit better but I feel like for the most part I did pretty good," said Kirk. "You know there's a lot of scouts here and there's a lot of talented players and so figured it would be a good place to go out and get noticed and you know get another pro day in. It's just kind of one of those things where you just kind of wait and hopefully someone picks you up and all I can do is just train work hard and hopefully test well and then you know the rest is out of my hands." All of these NFL hopefuls will have to wait until the Draft starting on May 8th to see what their futures hold in regards to football at the next level.