HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5-Vertical Jump 1- K. Taylor- 40.5 2- K. King- 37.5 3- T. Feeney- 37.0 4- D. Washington- 36.5 5- T. Walker- 36.0— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5-Broad Jump 1- D.Washington-10'9.25" 2- T.Feeney-10'6" 3- K.King-10'5.25" 3- J.Ross-10'5.25" 5- J.Perkins-10'2.5"— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5- Pro Agility (5-10-5) 1- K.Taylor- 3.90 2- S.Thompson- 3.99 3- K.King- 4.01 3- J.Mickens- 4.01 5- J.Ross- 4.10— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5- 3-Cone (L-Drill) 1- K.King- 6.33 2- K.Taylor- 6.48 3- S.Thompson- 6.57 4- D.Washington- 6.63 5- J.Ross- 6.69— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5- 40 yd Dash 1- J.Ross- 4.29 2- M.Hall- 4.40 3- T.Feeney- 4.44 3- D.Washington- 4.44 5- K.Taylor- 4.47— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
HUSKY COMBINE 2014 Top 5- 225 Bench Reps 1- S.Brostek- 33 2- J.Atoe- 30 3- B.Riva- 28 3- S.Tufunga- 28 5- J.Mathis- 26— Tim Socha (@coachtimsocha) May 20, 2014
First impression? Wow.
Even given the fact that I'm always going to take times posted by the team with a grain of salt, the numbers posted by the Huskies were really impressive. The top performer in each one of the events would've been in the top 10 of all of the participants at this past February's NFL combine, with one exception. Shane Brostek's 33 reps on the bench would've been 11th overall. This team is full of some superlative athletes.
Kendyl Taylor: Taylor posted top 5 marks in four of the events. His vertical jump would've tied him for fifth at the NFL combine. His short shuttle would've tied him for second, and his 3-cone time was one hundredth of a second off of the top time.
Dwayne Washington: Washington posted top 5 marks in four events. His standing broad jump would been 7th at the combine. His 3-cone shuttle time would've tied for 6th. And even though he's 6'-2" and 221 pounds, he still posted what would've been a top 20 40-yard dash time.
Kevin King: King also had 4 marks in the top 5. His three-cone drill time would've set the standard for the entire combine by 0.14 seconds. That's a tremendous margin. In addition, his short shuttle time would've tied him for 15 overall, and was 0.01 seconds away from making the top 10.
John Ross: Ross also had 4 top 5 marks. His 40 yard dash time would've been second at the NFL combine. For the sake of comparison, Napoleon Kaufman reportedly ran a 4.31 at the 1995 NFL combine, which narrowly edged out the 4.36 that I ran a few years later. There was some scrutiny surrounding my time, as it turned out I only ran 28 yards.
Travis Feeney can run and jump. Get ready to see those facts on display as he chases down running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers from sideline to sideline this fall. He's the kind of player that makes the field seem smaller for the offense because he can cover so much ground so quickly.
Marvin Hall is fast. After getting Sarkisianed following a mishandled punt against Oregon in 2012, he got a chance to show us his wheels after Kasen Williams got hurt in 2013. His 4.40 time in the 40 would've tied him for 8th at the combine.
Shaq Thompson can change direction really, really well. Freakishly well when you take into account he weighs 231 pounds. His short shuttle time would've been 8th at the combine. His 3-cone drill would've been an amazing 4th, and the guys in front of him were the itty bitty types. As much as any single player, I would've loved to see where he finished in each of the drills. In the ones he wasn't in the top 5, it wouldn't surprise me if he was sixth.
Team strength is improving. I found a formula for converting reps at 225 pounds into a one-rep max bench press. It looks like this: 1 rep max = 221.8 pounds + (6.81 x number of reps at 225 pounds). The study that came up with this did have the disclaimer that the formula is most accurate for guys in the 215-220 range, and that the variance increases quite a bit for guys that are much bigger or much smaller. Regardless, it looks like there are some Huskies that are starting to hit that 400 pound plateau that Dan Cozzetto said was so important in 2009, and that was pretty far away for most guys. Probably the most impressive bench number, to me anyway, is JoJo Mathis, who in his first full offseason as a Husky, is likely right around 400 pounds.
I don't know how many fans attended, but this is a great idea for an offseason football event. Even though it wasn't as big as the real NFL combine, I'd be willing to bet it involved far less of the guys parading around in their underwear than was seen in Indianapolis. And nobody was subjected to any of this (which I will only link, because I'm not sure it's actually safe for work).