The Wolfpacker

March 2013 - Signing Day Edition

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��� pack pros Four Former Standouts Compete At NFL Combine cal jump and 127-inch broad jump, which be held March 20. Other players expected By Ryan Tice tied for 11th among secondary players. to take part in that event include safety quartet of former NC State players Wolff and Allen did not fully participate Brandan Bishop, offensive lineman R.J. traveled to Indianapolis to take part in in the drills and tests, but the safety was Mattes, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, defenthe annual NFL Scouting Combine, which one of the big winners of the sive lineman Brian Slay, offensive lineman ran from Feb. 20-26. Quartercombine. Wolff measured in Andrew Wallace and center Camden Wentz. back Mike Glennon and corat 5-11 and 209 pounds with nerback David Amerson were Four Wolfpackers 31.5-inch arms and nine-inch the Pack���s most highly ranked hands. The safety, who is just participants, while safety Earl Open Spring Training the fifth player in program Wolff and offensive guard In Big League Camp history and the first defenZach Allen were also invited. Pitchers and catchers started reporting sive back to ever reach 400 Glennon checked in at 6-7 to spring training in mid-February, with tackles, did not participate in 1/8 and 225 pounds with arms several former NC State standouts trying the bench press, but finished 33 inches long and hands to make a positive impression in hopes among the top 10 defensive 9.5 inches big. He clocked of realizing their Major League Baseball backs in the broad jump (tied a 4.94-second 40-yard dash, dreams. for first, 134 inches), vertical 26.5-inch vertical jump, 102A foursome of former Wolfpackers enter jump (eighth, 39 inches) and inch broad jump, 7.49-second spring training in big league camps, al40-yard dash (13th, 4.44 secthree-cone drill and 4.52-secthough just two ��� left-handed pitchers Eric onds). Wolff was the secondond 20-yard shuttle. The quarSurkamp of the San Francisco Giants and fastest safety at the event, just terback didn���t rank among the Andrew Taylor of the Los Angeles Angels behind the 4.42 time recorded best performers at any drill ��� are on their team���s current 40-man rosby Syracuses���s Shamarko in his position group, but it ters. Shortstop Jonathan Diaz is a non-roster was a solid showing for the Cornerback David Amerson Thomas. invitee to the Boston Red Sox���s camp, while Allen is recovering from only signal-caller in school ran an official time of 4.44 right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni is also history to throw more than 30 seconds in the 40-yard dash surgery following a foot injury working out in camp with the New York touchdown passes in multiple at the NFL Combine, tied that cut his fifth-year senior for the 13th-best clocking season short, but he did imMets. seasons. Surkamp is currently out after underpress on the bench press. The He entered the combine as among defensive backs. photo by ken martin going Tommy John surgery last summer, 6-2, 332-pounder checked in the No. 3 quarterback in the but he is expected to return to the mound with arms that were 33.5 inches long and draft, according to ESPN���s Mel Kiper Jr., this summer. The 25-year-old has a career hands that were just less than 10 inches and certainly didn���t hurt his stock. record of 2-2 in six major league starts, all big. He finished tied for fifth among all ���Sunday���s combine workout was tailorof which came in 2011. He did not pitch offensive linemen and sixth overall with 32 made for Glennon and offered an opporlast season. repetitions on the bench press. tunity to showcase his arm strength,��� USA Taylor has three major league appearAll of the participating athletes, as well Today NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline said. ances, all of which came last year in his as other former Wolfpack players, will have ���He did exactly that on a number of occafirst promotion to the show. The reliever their final chance to impress NFL Scouts at sions, with long throws and deep outs. He has already pitched in spring training games NC State���s Pro Day on campus, which will made several wayward throws and had rethis year, and will be vying for a ceivers reaching vertically or slowbullpen spot to open the season. ing up to grab off-target passes. ��� Former NC State Players Diaz would be making his major Overall, it was a solid workout, but In Professional Baseball league debut if he were to impress not enough to assure him a spot in In Big League enough in spring training to make round one.��� Name, Position (Years at NC State) 2013 Organization Camp? the big league roster. This is his Amerson has also been talked Andrew Brackman, RHP (2005-07) Chicago White Sox No third time in a big league camp, about as a guy who will come off Jake Buchanan, RHP (2008-10) Houston Astros No and he played mostly at the Triplethe board in the first three rounds, Chris Diaz, SS (2010-12) Pittsburgh Pirates No A level in the Toronto Blue Jays��� and the defensive back helped him- Jonathan Diaz, SS (2004-06) Boston Red Sox Yes^ organization last year. Seattle Mariners No self at the event. After checking in Jimmy Gillheeney, LHP (2007-09) Oakland Athletics No The 23-year-old Mazzoni at 6-1 and 205 pounds with 32.5- Ryan Mathews, OF (2010-12) Los Angeles Dodgers No opened his spring with two shutout inch arms and 10.5-inch hands, the Pratt Maynard, C (2009-11) New York Mets Yes^ innings and is emerging as one of NC State record holder for career Cory Mazzoni, RHP (2009-11) Miami Marlins No the Mets��� top pitching prospects. interceptions (18) impressed with Dallas Poulk, 2B (2007-10) Harold Riggins (2009-11) Colorado Rockies No He split his time between the club���s an official time of 4.44 seconds in Chris Schaeffer, C (2008-11) Toronto Blue Jays No Class A and Double-A farm teams the 40-yard dash and 15 repetitions Alex Sogard, LHP (2008-10) Houston Astros No last year, and went 10-6 with a 3.93 at 225 pounds on the bench press. Eric Surkamp, LHP (2006-08) San Francisco Giants Yes* ERA in 26 starts. ranks The 40 time was tied for the 13th- Andrew Taylor, LHP (2006-08) Los Angeles Angels Yes best among defensive backs, while * Had Tommy John surgery last July and isn���t expected to pitch until the summer, but is on 40-man him as the team���s No. 15 overall prospect. ��� he also recorded a 35.5-inch verti- roster; ^ In big league camp as a non-roster invitee A 92��� ������ the wolfpacker 92.Pack Pros.indd 92 2/26/13 2:39 PM

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