A few years ago I was able to witness ex-Kent State jack-of-all-trades Jameson Konz put on one of the finest pro day's an athlete could ask for. Today seemed like deja-vu with fifth-year wideout Sam Kirkland tying an NFL Scouting Combine record with his 45 inch vertical jump.
Sixth all-time among Kent State's career leaders in receptions with 113, Kirkland started off the morning hot with a 10'10" broad jump that had teammates getting excited as they started to call out his name while he moved through the drills.
"It was good because I knew I was on some teams’ radars already so now getting in front of them," said Kirkland when reflecting on the results he compiled adding "was a good feeling and hopefully it helped my out a lot."
Named to Phil Steele's All-MAC Fourth Team, Kirkland shined alone as the star of the day and the one everyone kept following going from the broad jump to the vertical and eventually to the 40, in which he ran a 4.48 officially.
"Probably a little bit of Hines Ward because of my physicalness and liking to block. Going across the middle, not being afraid and doing the dirty work." Said Kirkland on who he might resemble at the next level.
Weighing in at 195 pounds and standing at 5'10", he rattled off 21 reps of 225, that led to his record tying jump on the vertical that tied the combine record set by Donald Washington of Ohio State back in 2009. When brought to his attention, Kirkland seem surprised saying "That’s excellent I didn’t know that."
"His numbers were great today" said second-year head coach Darrell Hazell who was on hand to support the first group of seniors that look to make it to the next level.
"It was one part of the process and now its private workouts and things like that" said Kirkland knowing that more hard work is ahead to realize his dream of playing in the National Football League.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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