UCF Football Puts on Show During Pro Day

March 28, 2012

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - NFL scouts flooded the Wayne Densch Sports Center and Nicholson Fieldhouse Wednesday for UCF's annual Pro Day. A total of 12 Knights from the 2011 roster worked out during the afternoon session, and former Knights such as Bruce Miller, Jah Reid, Sha'reff Rashad, Kamar Aiken, Jamar Newsome and Torell Troup were on hand as well.

Miller, a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, returned to campus following a stellar rookie season as a starting fullback for the San Francisco 49ers.

"Everybody worked hard all spring and really prepared for this day. They all performed well," Miller said. "I've been back a few times, but to have a chance to come out here and watch them do good things in front of all the scouts, I was excited for them."

The 12 Knights who participated in drills Wednesday were punter David Bohner, placekicker Nick Cattoi, wide receiver A.J. Guyton, long snapper Charley Hughlett, linebacker Josh Linam, linebacker Vinny Mazzurco, tight end Adam Nissley, offensive tackle Nick Pieschel, cornerback Josh Robinson, defensive tackle Barry Snider, running back Ronnie Weaver and wide receiver Khymest Williams. Defensive end Darius Nall also was in attendance.

After posting the fastest time in the 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Combine with a mark of 4.33, Robinson admitted his goal was to run it in 4.27. His remarkable time, though, still had several eyes watching him Wednesday.

"There was a little pressure, but it went well. Thank God I didn't have to do (the same drills as the NFL Combine) again," Robinson said. "I did a couple of different position drills and I think I did pretty well at them. ... I still have to go back home and work on my conditioning, and there are always things you can improve on.

"(UCF Head Coach George O'Leary) always tells me to keep working, and that's something he always said while I was here. He's always encouraging me. From working out in the weight room to going out to the field, we always worked hard here and that's what carried over."

Robinson also enjoyed seeing several past Knights make their way back to Orlando to deliver encouragement to their friends and teammates, especially current UCF free safety Kemal Ishmael.

"Today shows what kind of athletes UCF can produce," Robinson said. "We had Bruce Miller who didn't play fullback when he was here, but he was able to make that transition to wherever they wanted him to play, and he did a great job starting the whole year. And I hear Jah Reid could be starting this year (for the Baltimore Ravens). A lot of great guys came back and it puts a smile on my face just to see them.

"Kemal knows his goal is to be here and do the same thing. He has the capability to get things done. He has the work ethic and that's what's going to get him here. He expects the best out of me and I expect the best out of him. I dropped two passes at the beginning and he told me, `You can't drop those. That's money right there.'"