KINGSTON, R.I. – Several Rhode Island football players worked out for NFL scouts Tuesday in a Pro Day on the Kingston campus.
Scouts from the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs put eight Rams through a battery of tests similar to what prospects experience at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis. For about four hours, the players ran through exercises in strength and agility, and also sat down for interviews and film sessions with the scouts.
Offensive linemen Jason Foster and Kyle Bogumil, defensive tackle Willie McGinnis, linebacker Rob Damon, and defensive backs Stanley Dunbar, Michael Okunfolami, Evan Shields and Darrell Dulany all worked out for the scouts.
"It was a good experience and I thought I did very well. It was a good day overall," said Foster, a team captain and second-team All-CAA selection in 2011. "I'm happy the scouts came out today and I had the chance to prove to them what I could do. Hopefully things happen in April."
Foster was referring to April's NFL draft and the signing period for undrafted free agents. He and several teammates spent two months working out in Atlanta at the Doyle Performance Center, owned by renowned trainer Paul Doyle.
McGinnis explained that much of the work with Doyle was speed and weight work training. Doyle has trained several track athletes who will be heading to the London Games this summer.
"I'm happy with how the day went," McGinnis said. "I have another chance to do it again out in Athens, Ohio."
Like McGinnis will do in Ohio, Foster has worked out at other regional combine events.
"This has been a fun ride so far," Foster said. "There is a lot of pressure, but the work is going to pay off. If not, it was a good ride and I had a good time doing it."