March 12, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Eight members of Northwestern's 2008-09 senior class showcased their abilities at the annual Pro Day hosted by NU on Thursday with the goal of impressing a collection of NFL scouts. The departing seniors -- including quarterback C.J. Bachér and tailback Tyrell Sutton -- conducted a series of drills that included the bench press, 40-yard dash and shuttle runs.
"I just tell our guys to come out here, have fun and enjoy the moment," said Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "You dream of having an opportunity to play professional football, you have no regrets from the way you've played the game so far, now just go have fun and give your best performance. If our guys prepared the right way, then they'll do well, but the bottom line is you need to enjoy the prospect of trying out for the National Football League."
Other Wildcats on hand to work out included running back Omar Conteh, defensive tackle John Gill, linebacker Prince Kwateng and wide receivers Ross Lane, Eric Peterman and Rasheed Ward.
"I think collectively we came out, did well as a group and really helped push each other to do our bests," Bachér said. "Heading in there are a lot of butterflies but once we got started I thought all the nerves dissipated and we got into working hard like we normally do."
Scouts from the NFL's Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons were among those in attendance on Thursday.
"To be honest this is the first real job interview I've been on," Gill added. "I'm not wearing a suit or anything so it's different from a lot of interviews but it's fun. This is what we've done for the last four years, just showing what we can do and what we're made of, and beyond that you just have to let the rest take care of itself."