published Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Video: UTC Mocs happy with pro day

Former UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman practices with wide receivers in Finley Stadium in preparation for the Mocs' pro day on April 2. Coleman is recovering from a recent hand injury.
Former UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman practices with wide receivers in Finley Stadium in preparation for the Mocs' pro day on April 2. Coleman is recovering from a recent hand injury.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Several former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football players, as well as several other NFL hopefuls with Chattanooga ties, participated in the Mocs’ pro day this morning in front of 16 scouts.

The day started off at UTC’s Wolford Family Strength and Conditioning Center, where players’ heights and weights were measured and they did the bench press. Former UTC defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris and former Maryville College receiver Wesley Idlette, who is from Chattanooga, led the way with 18 repetitions of 225 pounds.

After that everyone — scouts, players, coaches, trainers and more — headed to Finley Stadium. There, the participants did the vertical leap and the broad jump before running the 40-yard dash and several other running drills. That was followed by the main show, which was quarterback B.J. Coleman throwing passes.

Coleman threw to UTC and McCallie teammate Joel Bradford, Tim Benford of Tennessee Tech, Dallas Williams of Western Michigan and Idlette.

“The accuracy, zip, the rotation of the football, I was very pleased,” Coleman said.

Lewis-Harris, a second-team All-Southern Conference player in 2011, had the fastest 40 time of the day at 4.47 seconds. Lewis-Harris said he was pleased with what he day and thankful for the chance to perform in front of so many NFL scouts.

"All you can ask for is a chance," he said, "and today I got a chance to show what I could do."

For more Mocs coverage, see tomorrow's Times Free Press. You can also follow beat writer John Frierson on Twitter at twitter.com/mocsbeatCTFP.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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