Sunday, February 23, 2014

Big day approaching for pair of former UConn stars

Former UConn defensive stars Yawin Smallwood and Shamar Stephen will get a chance to help their draft status when linebackers and defensive linemen work out at the NFL Scouting Combine tomorrow.

The process has actually already begun as Stephen bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times and Smallwood doing 18 reps.

Stephen finished 20 among the 50 defensive linemen with bench-press results posted on the NFL's official site while Smallwood was 20th among 25 linebackers.

A pair of Connecticut natives had strong showings in the bench. Stamford Khairi Fortt, who played at Penn State and Calfornia, posted 30 reps and Norwalk's Kevin Pierre-Louis had 28 reps.

Smallwood measured in at 6-foot-2 and 246 pounds while Stephen came in at 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds.


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