Schraeder and Kugbali highlight VSU pro day, Blash shines for ASU

Published: Mar. 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - There were some tight emotions and a little bit of nerves as almost 20 NFL scouts took over the VSU complex bright and early Monday morning for the Blazers' pro day.  The event also brought out several non VSU athletes from Shorter College, LaGrange and former West Georgia corner back Kelly Dawsey.  Dawsey is a Lowndes graduate.

Most NFL scouts though, were there to take a look at offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder and offensive guard Edmund Kugbali. Schraeder had a pretty good day with 24 reps on the bench and a 5.13-40 time.

Kugbali, the first Blazer ever to be invited to the NFL combine, also had 24 reps on the bench to go along with a 5.19-40. Both players are staring at history trying to become the first players in VSU history to be taken in the draft.

"It's a big accomplishment to be mentioned because so many great have come through this school. To me it means that Valdosta State is getting noticed more and I'm proud to be apart of that," said Kugbali.

Schraeder said "It would be great. It would be surreal to me. Four years ago I didn't even know I'd be playing football to be getting this opportunity and just making the best out of it. It would just be surreal."

Former FSU corner back Greg Reid, who transferred to VSU before tearing his ACL last year, was in attendance but did not participate.  Reid plans on attending the FSU pro day on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a number of the same scouts traveled from Valdosta to Albany for ASU's pro day.  Defensive lineman Justin Blash one of the headliners. Blash was able to clock a sub-5.0 forty time.

Running back Nathan Hoyte also set the track on fire, with a sub 4.5 forty time. Wide receiver Ronnie Tubbs was the fastest to touch the track.

The draft is not the only chance for these guys to get a shot at an NFL roster, NFL teams also look to add some free agent talent after the draft as well when it does roll around on April 25th.  Some players say they'll just sit back and hope all that hard work pays off.

Blash said "I put enough work in to watch the draft so I'm not going to get all caught up in it. I'm going to let me little brother and my family all up in it but I just want to play ball."

Hoyte added "I stay in the moment so today is the most important day for me. I'm trying to take advantage of my opportunity and I'm trying to perform well."

Former ASU safety and linebacker Jamarkus Gaskins was also there along with corner back Prathon Wilkerson.

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