Dukes Audition for NFL Scouts

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

Akeem Jordan and Alvin Banks made the jump from JMU to the NFL last season. On Wednesday, this year's draft hopefuls auditioned for pro scouts at the school's annual pro day.

Nine players participated in the event, including three Dukes and two Bridgewater Eagles. JMU safety Tony LeZotte sat out because of a hamstring injury.

Each prospect had his height, weight and arm length measured. They then went through a series of stations, including the broad and vertical jump, 225-pound bench press, and 40-yard dash.

Scouts from the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants recorded the results.

"I mean, this is a big day. It's almost like an interview for a job that you always wanted," says JMU receiver L.C. Baker. "We're the same type talent. We're just at a different school. We're I-AA, but we don't see the talent as any different."

"To be almost on that level, and to try out for that level, or just to be associated with that level is something that you always dream about being a part of, and hopefully it comes true," says LeZotte.

Fellow Dukes John Baranowsky and Justin Barnes also worked out Wednesday, as did Bridgewater seniors Phillip Carter and Brandon Copeland.

Other participants included Perry Ford of Ferrum, VMI's Marcus Brown, St. Paul's Larry Graham, and Jarrett Jackson from Virginia Union.

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