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Bulls Impress at USF Pro Day

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - A total of 22 Bulls went through a job interview process like no other Wednesday at USF Pro Day.

Representatives from all 32 NFL teams and a handful of CFL scouts took notes as USF's former stars made their push for a shot at the next level.

"You really want to put on a show, do well and make sure you hit your goals," quarterback B.J. Daniels said.

Daniels' name was a popular one on scouts' notepads after the dual threat put on a display four months after breaking his ankle. He bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, clocked in a 40 time of 4.58 seconds and posted a vertical leap of 30.5 inches.

"I'm very happy with what I've been able to accomplish out here," he said with a big smile.

Daniels' day wasn't over after he talked to a bunch of reporters either. The program's second-best Bull in total offense (10,501 yards) stayed a little longer to work out for the Philadelphia Eagles and was "encouraged" by what he's heard overall.

"It truly is a blessing to have a team look at you for various things. I'm thankful that I've been blessed with the ability to do all those things," Daniels said. "Quarterback is what I want to do. I'm going to give it my all and see where the chips fall."

NFL teams also were curious to see what else Daniels can do with his athletic abilities and he had no problem showcasing his versatility.

"They had me throwing, catching, punting and all that stuff at once," Daniels said with a laugh. "It's just a blessing to even be out here."

Linebacker Sam Barrington wasn't surprised to see Daniels fully healthy so soon after his painful injury. Barrington also believes Daniels can get the job done no matter where an NFL team puts him on the field.

"B.J. can pick up a golf club, swing it and do something amazing with it. That's just the guy he is," he said.

Daniels, Barrington and the rest of the Bulls will find out if their pro dreams become a reality when the NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 25 in New York.

"It really hasn't hit me yet," Daniels said. "It's a process where I have to prove myself all over again and we're all going through it. I don't think it will really hit us until it's closer and closer to draft day."

Lamar Shows His Toughness

Lindsey Lamar is known best for his speed but he impressed NFL scouts the most with his toughness at Pro Day.

Lamar went through hours of lifts and drills while battling the flu bug that put him out of commission the past few days.

"This is the first day that I'm feeling OK to move around and stuff," Lamar said. "(Scouts) knew that I was kind of feeling under the weather today and they all said good things about me pushing through it. It was good."

Lamar spent a good amount of time talking with an Eagles representative and he could end up becoming a nice fit for a team that needs a speedster, whether it's as a third-down back or on special teams.

"They're looking at me kind of like a Chris Rainey or a Dexter McCluster. A lot of teams are moving to that type of option offense, so it would be good," Lamar said.

Bonani Shows Off His Boot

USF's all-time scoring leader Maikon Bonani didn't let 18-19 mph wind gusts affect his chance to impress NFL scouts.

Bonani made a 63-yard field goal attempt and a bunch from over 50 yards, while only missing a couple of times in front of scouts from five teams that watched him work.

"It was definitely a good day," he said. "You always have the butterflies in your stomach because you want to do well and you want to focus."

Bonani finished his USF career as the program's career leader in field goals made (69) and field goal percentage (75.8). He has gotten even stronger since the Bulls' season finale and said he's ready to keep producing at kicking camps and in private workouts.

"Whatever happens, I'm just looking for a chance," he said.

Former Bulls Show Their Support

USF stars of the past came out in full force to support the Bulls during Wednesday's festivities.

The list of attendees included Mistral Raymond, Jerrell Young, Jerome Murphy, Mike Jenkins, Terrell McClain, Amarri Jackson and Claude Davis.

"It was a little more comfortable being out here in front of former teammates, family and friends," Barrington said.




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