WKU Football: Pro Day offers former Tops a shot of fulfilling childhood dreams
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In just over a month, dreams will turn into reality as players names are called during the 2019 NFL Draft in April.
Several former Hilltoppers hope to be among those players celebrating in Nashville.
Today at Houchens-Smith Stadium, they got their shot to prove why they should be drafted, participating in WKU Football’s annual Pro Day.
“I love the fact that our guys are getting the opportunity to try to move on to the next level,” said WKU Football Head Coach Tyson Helton.
Former Tops Mik’Quan Deane (TE), DeAndre Farris (DB), D’Andre Ferby (RB), Drell Greene (DB), Julien Lewis (DL), Evan Sayner (DL), and Masai Whyte (LB) all had their chance to run through drills, including vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, and the 40-yard dash, as well as some other agility and football-related sets.
For many of them, today was the next step in moving closer to reaching a life-long childhood dream.
“I’ve been dreaming about this ever since I was a little kid,” said DeAndre Farris. “I just wanted to come out here, showcase my talent, showcase my athletic ability to the scouts, and have fun.”
“It’s just another opportunity to be able to showcase what you’ve been working on the four, five years you’ve been in college,” added D’Andre Ferby. “It’s a testament to the work you put in before college, high school, middle school, however it goes.”
“This was an experience of a lifetime,” Mik’Quane Deane said. “A lot of people can’t have this experience.”
NFL scouts from the Browns, Cardinals, Chiefs, Colts, Packers, Panthers, Steelers, and Titans were all in attendance, with each former Top looking to show to them that they could be a difference maker on an NFL roster, and if they did draft them, they wouldn’t regret such a decision.
“I was just trying to let them know, hey, I’m your guy,” said Deane. “What you want to do, whatever you need me to do, I got it.”
“All it takes is one team out of the 32,” Ferby added. “You don’t need all 32, just one.”
Pro Day is all about focusing on the future, but the present was rather bittersweet today as well, because for all of these players, they’ve made so many memories on Feix Field, and this was likely the last time they got to play on it.
“It’s finally coming to an end,” said Evan Sayner. “You never think it’s going to happen like that, but I feel confident in what I just put out there. Hopefully my last statement here was pretty good.”
And it was pretty good, with Sayner knocking out 30 reps on the bench press, but he wasn’t the only player that had a solid day.
“I went through a lot of adversity, a lot of things,” Farris said, not too long after running a 4.4 sec. 40-yard dash. “It’s made me the person I am today, and I’m thankful for it.”
With Pro Day in the books, the wait begins for the NFL Draft on April 25.
“Everything happens for a reason,” said Deane. “Life takes it’s course, so you just keep moving.”