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NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reports that Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition," with an 80-yard throw.

"Of the hundreds of throws witnessed Saturday night by a strong crowd at Manning Field, none drew as strong a reaction as a deep pass by Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett. The transfer from Oregon showed off what could have been the strongest overall arm in the evening's passing competition with a ball thrown from near one 20-yard line that bounced into the opposite end zone," Goodbread writes. Marcus Mariota's former backup at Oregon led the Southeastern Louisiana Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season, unfortunately losing to New Hampshire 20-17.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 13 - 11:56 PM

NFL scouts will be watching to see if Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett can improve his accuracy this year, NFL.com notes.

Marcus Mariota's former backup ripped it up as a dual-threat monster for the Lions last year, collecting 3,165 passing yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 1,046 yards and 16 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was the Southland Conference Player of the Year and led the Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted earlier this week that Bennett is creating buzz amongst pro scouts.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 9:24 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman notes that Southeastern Louisiana senior QB Bryan Bennett "is creating good buzz."

"The Manning Passing Academy is underway. Expect to hear that ex Oregon QB Bryan Bennett, now at SE LA, is creating good buzz," Feldman tweeted. Bennett, who was a transfer from Oregon, lost out on the starting QB spot to Marcus Mariota back in 2012. After much thought, Bennett transferred to Southeastern Lousiana in 2013. The 6-foot-3, 205 pound QB led the Lions to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs last season, unfortunately losing to New Hampshire 20-17. With Bennett under center, he helped Southeastern Louisiana reach the playoffs for the first time ever in school history. The Lions finished the season 11-3, and set a record for wins, after going 5-6 the previous season.
Jul 11 - 2:07 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Todd Washington (toe) worked out in front of reps from 21 NFL teams at the school's Thursday pro day.

Washington (5-foot-11 3/8, 192 pounds) still isn’t 100 percent healthy from a toe injury that robbed him of the last six games of the 2013 campaign. Estimated at "80 percent," Washington ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 and 4.68 second, logged a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, and did the short shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.28 seconds. Considering the circumstances, NFL.com's Gil Brandt opined that he "looked good in the pro-day workout."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 8:43 PM

Former Kansas junior DT Marquel Combs has dropped down to FCS level Southeastern Louisiana to continue his playing career.

Combs will be eligible to play immediately. The former top JUCO recruit in the county did not play a single snap for Kansas despite many thinking he would make a major impact. We expect him to show well with the Lions.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Kansas junior DT Marquel Combs announced his intention to transfer following his release from scholarship.

Combs is a transfer from Pierce College and was rated the top JUCO prospect from some scouting services. He only played one year of high school football but did not see any game action this season with the Jayhawks. "Marquel was a great factor in our recruitment of last year’s signing class," said head coach Charlie Weis. "We would like to wish him well in his future endeavors."
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:34:00 AM

Southeastern Louisiana junior QB Bryan Bennett, a transfer from Oregon, had a strong showing at the Manning Passing Academy, according to former NFL exec Phil Savage.

Savage notes this is the second straight camp that Bennett has impressed. After losing out to Marcus Mariota for the starting quarterback spot at Oregon last offseason, Bennett wavered back and forth on a possible transfer. That thought became action this winter, and Bennett will be eligible to play immediately.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Falcons selected Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford with the No. 60 overall pick.

The Falcons continue to fortify their secondary after using the No. 21 overall pick on Washington CB Desmond Trufant. Alford (5-10, 188) intercepted ten career passes for the Lions, including four as a senior. He ran 4.39 at the Combine and showed stellar all-around athleticism with a 40-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump. The small-schooler offers starting-caliber tools, but SE Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding has called Alford "a long way away mentally" from an NFL impact.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:30:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah writes SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford could surprisingly go in the first-round.

Jeremiah also listed Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay as a possible surprise first-round selection, too. It's a curious proposition but apparently teams have been heating up on Alford's ability. It should be noted that his former defensive coordinator said he is a "long way away mentally" as a player, though.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 03:26:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is hearing a "ton of buzz" around SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford.

"Raw, sick athlete," Rapoport tweeted and went on to note that the corner has 8-10 visits scheduled and might be a first- or second-round selection. We've loved Alford's tools, specifically his closing speed, but the small school cover man's former defensive coordinator noted he is a "long way away mentally."
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 03:27:00 PM

Teams at SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford's pro day say the corner is a top 42 pick, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"Almost" 15 teams were in attendance even though Alford did not run the forty. The small school corner did not look out of place at the Senior Bowl and displays excellent closing speed, but his college position coach previously warned that Alford might not be mentally ready for the NFL game. That is worrisome.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford ran an unofficial 4.41 forty at the NFL Combine.

His 10 yard split clocked in at 1.53 seconds. Alford is a small schooler with blazing speed to close on the outside. However, questions have been raised about the mental side of the game and Alford's admission that he suffers from Crohn's disease. We still think he fits in the second- or third-round range.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator Pete Golding says CB Robert Alford is a "long way away mentally".

"He didn’t understand formations, split receivers and the routes that come off of them, coverages, he was like a freshman in that aspect of it," Golding said. "But he realized ‘this is the last shot I got.’ And on his days off, he’d come in here and we’d watch film together. He became a student of the game, which helped him tremendously. He still has a lot of work to do, but I think he realizes it now." Author Tyler Dunne notes Seattle, Cincinnati and Baltimore have shown interest.
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana senior Robert Alford may be this year's sleeper CB, according to SI's Tony Pauline.

Alford, a Senior Bowl invite, may even hear his name called in the top-45 picks, per Pauline. Two small school cornerbacks participated in the Senior Bowl last season, Janoris Jenkins and Furman's Ryan Steed, and if Pauline is correct Alford could wind up being drafted around the same pick as Jenkins (39th).
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Southeastern Louisiana CB Robert Alford has accepted an invitation to attend the 2013 Senior Bowl.

Alford will likely be one of the few non-FBS prospects attending. Last season, the two small school cornerbacks that participated in the Senior Bowl were Janoris Jenkins and Furman's Ryan Steed. Alford's week may be more critical than others due to the step up in talent.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:25:00 PM


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