UPDATE: Greg Hohenstein has picked up a rookie mini camp invite with the LA Chargers. One of the most consistent long snappers in the country! 7:49 PM – 29 Apr 2017
BOWLING GREEN — For 11 former members of the Bowling Green State University football team, Monday was a big day. Article By: JOHN WAGNER BLADE SPORTS WRITER 03/21/2017, 12:50am EDT
If they are able to continue to play football after college, it may have been the biggest.
It was Bowling Green’s “Pro Day” Monday afternoon. That meant 11 Falcons — offensive linemen Jacob Bennett and J.J. Beggan, defensive linemen Terrance Bush and Izaah Lunsford, running back Fred Coppet, defensive backs Isaiah Gourdine, Alfonso Mack, and Will Watson, long snapper Greg Hohenstein, wide receiver Ronnie Moore, and linebacker James Sanford — performed a number of drills and skills in front of scouts from NFL teams in an event similar to the NFL Combine.
The BG players performed a bench press and vertical leap in BG’s weight room at the Sebo Center, then moved to Perry Fieldhouse for a 40-yard dash, several different shuttle and cone drills, and finally drills specific to different positions.
The tension the players felt was palpable at times, so much so that New York Giants scout Stephen Devine tried to lighten the mood by announcing, “Welcome to the home of Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba,” before Beggan toed the line for the first of two 40-yard sprints.
“Sometimes you see players are so tight, so I just try to say something to help them relax a little bit,” Devine explained.
One player who may have created some professional options for himself is Hohenstein. The long snapper benched 225 pounds 18 times, a large number for his position group, and had a sub-5.0 time in the 40.
“I felt I performed well,” said Hohenstein, a native of Warrenville, Ill., who talked to a Chicago Bears scout and several others afterward. “There were a lot of scouts here, and it felt a little overwhelming, but we’ve worked with coach [Billy] Yates, and I thought we did pretty well.”
“I knew long snapping was a good path to go to college and get an education, and now it’s giving me a chance to play at the next level.”
Yates, the Falcons’ head strength and conditioning coach for football, worked with Hohenstein and several other players on their sprinting technique and their conditioning in preparation for Monday.
Moore said Yates had the BG players involved in several “unique” conditioning drills.
“We were doing the broad jump, but we put one rubber band over one shoulder and a rubber band over the other,” he explained. “I’m 170 pounds, and when I put them on they were already pushing me down.
“We just tried to put our hands over a bench [with the rubber bands on]. That was hard!”
Moore appreciated the work Yates put in to get him and the other players ready.
“For him to go out of his way to help us train for Pro Day, I give it up to him,” Moore said. “A lot of us didn’t have agents, so we didn’t have training.
“He took his time and gave us everything he had.”
The speedy Moore posted a 4.51 time in the 40 and several other fast times in the shuttles, but he was happier with his work running routes and catching passes.
“I thought my routes were crisp — crispier than in games,” Moore said. “My 40 time was average, and my shuttles were good. I’m hard on myself.”
Lunsford was most impressive in the weight room, benching the 225 pounds a whopping 28 times.
“My 40 time wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but everything else went well, especially the position drills,” said Lunsford, who pulled up at the end of his first 40-yard dash, then did not run a second time because of a hamstring problem, instead choosing to focus on those drills.
“My goal was to show them I could be big and fast at the same time.”
And while Lunsford also acknowledged he was nervous at first, he said he eventually relaxed.
“I’ve been going to college camps since I was young, and these were a lot of the same drills,” he said. “I had a little bit of nerves, but I settled down and got down to business.”
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