Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Three Rutgers stars invited to NFL Combine

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 20, 2008) – Three former Rutgers football standouts – running back Ray Rice (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and offensive linemen Pedro Sosa (Union City, N.J.) and Jeremy Zuttah (Edison, N.J.) – have been invited to compete in the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis. The three players concluded their outstanding collegiate careers at Rutgers in the 52-30 win vs. Ball State in the 2008 International Bowl on Jan. 5.

It is the second consecutive year Rutgers has had three players invited to the NFL Combine. In last April’s NFL Draft, three Scarlet Knights were selected, including Brian Leonard in the second round to the St. Louis Rams.

Top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation's top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.

The entire list of combine events the players will take part are the 40-yard dash, bench press, three cone drill, broad jump, vertical leap, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, position specific drills, physical measurements, NFL team interviews, the Wonderlic Test, the Cybex Test and injury evaluation.

Sosa and Zuttah will go through orientation, interviews as they arrive in Indianapolis today. Thursday, both offensive linemen will be measured, go through medical examinations, psychological testing and meet the media. Friday, the linemen will have an NFLPA meeting and more psychological testing. Saturday, Sosa and Zuttah will workout for the scouts, including skill drills and the 40-yard dash.

Rice is scheduled to begin his combine activities on Thursday. Rice’s workout, including the skill drills and 40-yard dash, is set for Sunday.

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