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February 19, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
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March 3, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
On a Saturday afternoon last month, Father Jim Baraniak noticed a young man alone in a pew at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis. The man knelt, head in his arms, and seemed to be lost in prayer. A half-hour before Baraniak celebrated Mass for a group of NFL coaches and front-office officials in town for the scouting combine at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium, the young man stood up, walked over and asked to talk. A name emerged from the NFL-issued credentials dangling around his neck: Adam Muema.
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February 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Marqise Lee toes the line with his left foot, kneels on his right knee and delicately places his hands on the ground in a sprinter's position. A fighter jet zooms high overhead, leaving a white contrail as Lee raises himself into a start position, slowly brings his left arm back and then bursts into a hard run. A few minutes later, the former USC star receiver moves to another area of the football field at Laguna Hills High. He repeats his start in front of four video cameras that provide him with instant feedback on a coach's iPad.
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February 23, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to the NFL scouting combine, UCLA has done a U-turn. The Bruins, largely irrelevant here for much of the last decade, finally matter again. They have five players at the combine, and while that's two short of USC's contingent, UCLA has the region's most coveted player in linebacker Anthony Barr, a potential top-10 pick, and one of the event's best interior offensive linemen in guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. Also being put through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium are Bruins receiver Shaq Evans, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, all of whom figure to be selected in the seven rounds of May's draft.
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April 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A hotel room was left in such disgusting condition after February's NFL scouting combine that the manager took pictures and sent them to the event's organizer. National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to Yahoo!Sports that a room in the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis was found after the combine with feces and urine scattered in the bathroom, toothpaste on a mirror and garbage, including uneaten food, all over. "I can confirm that a room was left in an inappropriate condition and we're disappointed by both players who occupied the room," Foster said.
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March 3, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
On a Saturday afternoon last month, Father Jim Baraniak noticed a young man alone in a pew at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis. The man knelt, head in his arms, and seemed to be lost in prayer. A half-hour before Baraniak celebrated Mass for a group of NFL coaches and front-office officials in town for the scouting combine at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium, the young man stood up, walked over and asked to talk. A name emerged from the NFL-issued credentials dangling around his neck: Adam Muema.
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February 23, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - When it comes to the NFL scouting combine, UCLA has done a U-turn. The Bruins, largely irrelevant here for much of the last decade, finally matter again. They have five players at the combine, and while that's two short of USC's contingent, UCLA has the region's most coveted player in linebacker Anthony Barr, a potential top-10 pick, and one of the event's best interior offensive linemen in guard Xavier Su'a-Filo. Also being put through the paces at Lucas Oil Stadium are Bruins receiver Shaq Evans, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, all of whom figure to be selected in the seven rounds of May's draft.
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February 23, 2008 | SAM FARMER
Times staff writer Sam Farmer's report Friday from Indianapolis, where many of the nation's top professional football prospects are participating in the NFL scouting combine: Fast company The workout portion of the combine begins today, meaning some position groups will run 40-yard dashes. Despite being of debatable value in many cases -- how often is an offensive tackle going to run 40 yards? -- it remains the most-discussed testing drill.
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February 23, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Ask any NFL rookie about the biggest challenge stepping up from college football, and he'll likely say it's the increased speed of the game. This year's pro prospects are likewise bracing for a speed-of-the-game adjustment. It could come to a full stop. That's the unusual, uncertain climate as the NFL heads into its annual scouting combine, a business-as-usual event that is taking place in otherwise turbulent times. Although life must go on, and teams need to scout, test, weigh and measure the latest crop of hopefuls, the league's overwhelming focus is on striking a labor deal with its current players.
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February 1, 1991
Mike Trevathan and Gary Wellman, wide receivers who played against each other in high school, have been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 6-11. Trevathan, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound Thousand Oaks High product, was a first-team Division I-AA All-American last fall after making 65 receptions for the University of Montana. He is the school's all-time leading receiver. Wellman, who played at Westlake High before starring at USC, was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
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February 19, 2014 | Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - There will be intrigue, just as there is every year with the NFL scouting combine, as the nation's top college football prospects look to turn the heads of their future employers with size, speed and strength. But this year's event promises a little history to go along with the mystery. Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, on track to become the first openly gay NFL player, will be working out for teams, as will a record 103 players who opted to forgo their senior seasons and make the early plunge into the draft pool.
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February 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Marqise Lee toes the line with his left foot, kneels on his right knee and delicately places his hands on the ground in a sprinter's position. A fighter jet zooms high overhead, leaving a white contrail as Lee raises himself into a start position, slowly brings his left arm back and then bursts into a hard run. A few minutes later, the former USC star receiver moves to another area of the football field at Laguna Hills High. He repeats his start in front of four video cameras that provide him with instant feedback on a coach's iPad.
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April 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A hotel room was left in such disgusting condition after February's NFL scouting combine that the manager took pictures and sent them to the event's organizer. National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to Yahoo!Sports that a room in the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis was found after the combine with feces and urine scattered in the bathroom, toothpaste on a mirror and garbage, including uneaten food, all over. "I can confirm that a room was left in an inappropriate condition and we're disappointed by both players who occupied the room," Foster said.
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February 21, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
INDIANAPOLIS - Kyle Long might never match what his father or brother has done in the NFL, but the Oregon offensive lineman is pretty proud he's gotten this far. As the son of Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long, and the younger brother of St. Louis defensive end Chris Long, the No. 2 overall pick in 2008, Kyle took a bumpy, circuitous route to the scouting combine. That included a failed attempt at a baseball career and a battle with addiction, making an accomplishment such as an invitation to the combine that much more meaningful to him. "I fought my way back, and I'm standing here today as somebody who's at the NFL combine," Long said Thursday, the first day of player evaluations at the six-day annual event.
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September 2, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Fred Jackson's path to the NFL was much like one of his long, serpentine touchdown runs, the ones where he zigzags across the field and beats defenders not with blistering speed but an uncanny feel for changing directions at precisely the right time. That Jackson made it to the Buffalo Bills — and became one of the better running backs in the league — is an inspiring testament to his determination, because a lot of other players would have long since given up. His career didn't route him through Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Columbus, Baton Rouge or any other big-time college football hub. Jackson went to Coe College — a Division III school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa — wasn't invited to the scouting combine and barely got a sniff from anyone in the NFL. He's now a centerpiece of the Bills, who open the regular season Sunday at the New York Jets.
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February 23, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis -- In many ways, San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh is the quintessential insider at this week's NFL scouting combine. He coached Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck — the probable No. 1 selection of Indianapolis in the NFL draft — and nearly lured Robert Griffin III to Palo Alto years before that quarterback won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor. Harbaugh raved about both players Thursday, calling Luck "one of the finest football players I've ever been around," and assuring the media that he was worthy of the top pick.
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February 23, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
Ask any NFL rookie about the biggest challenge stepping up from college football, and he'll likely say it's the increased speed of the game. This year's pro prospects are likewise bracing for a speed-of-the-game adjustment. It could come to a full stop. That's the unusual, uncertain climate as the NFL heads into its annual scouting combine, a business-as-usual event that is taking place in otherwise turbulent times. Although life must go on, and teams need to scout, test, weigh and measure the latest crop of hopefuls, the league's overwhelming focus is on striking a labor deal with its current players.
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February 24, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The No. 1 question heading into this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis is just that -- the No. 1 question. Who will emerge from the combine with the inside track on becoming the top pick in April's draft? Defense is likely to dominate the top of this draft (April 22-24), and the next step in the evaluation process begins Thursday when coaches, scouts and general managers gather at Lucas Oil Stadium to test players. The three top players heading into the combine come from that side of the ball: defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma, and safety Eric Berry of Tennessee.
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