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Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/19/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford’s Pro Timing Day, in which 14 former student-athletes will showcase their talents before representatives from NFL teams, will take place Thursday.

After weight room evaluations take place at 10 a.m. (PT), the outdoor portion of the event will begin around 11:20 a.m. at Elliott Practice Field. The outdoor drills will be open to the public.

Pro Timing Day will be broadcast live nationally by ESPN3.

Participants include Devon Carrington, Kevin Danser, Cameron Fleming, Tyler Gaffney, Ben Gardner, Ryan Hewitt, Jarek Lancaster, Josh Mauro, Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds, Shayne Skov, Anthony Wilkerson, Khalil Wilkes and David Yankey.

The day consists of classroom testing, weight room evaluations, on-field agility drills and football specific position drills. Pro Timing Day operates with a similar format to the NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis each February.

Players will begin in the weight room with measurables such as vertical leap, broad jump, flexibility reach and bench press. On-field events include the 40-yard dash, 20 and 60-yard shuttle, three-cone agility and position-specific drills.

This year’s NFL Draft is scheduled for May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Three former Stanford players were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft in New York, with tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo being called alongside running back Stepfan Taylor.

Ertz was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 35th overall pick (third pick of the second round), Toilolo was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 36th pick of the fourth round (133rd overall) and Taylor was called upon by Arizona with the seventh pick of the fifth round (140th overall).

It marked the fourth straight year that Stanford had at least three players drafted. Stanford’s 2013 draft class finished their Cardinal careers with three straight BCS bowl games and a 25-2 record at Stanford Stadium. 

Stanford (11-3 overall, 7-2 Pac-12) enjoyed a fourth consecutive BCS bowl appearance to cap off the 2013 campaign, making the Cardinal just one of five programs to accomplish that feat. The Cardinal finished the year ranked 11th in the final AP poll, following its 24-20 setback against No. 3 Michigan State on Jan. 1 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The Cardinal earned the automatic bid to the Rose Bowl Game following a convincing 38-14 victory at Arizona State in the Pac-12 title match.

With finals wrapping up on The Farm, Stanford will hold its next open practice on April 5 at Elliott Practice Field. The annual Cardinal and White Spring Game is set for 1 p.m. on April 12 at Stanford Stadium. Admission is free for both events.

Stanford’s 2014 season opens Aug. 30 against UC Davis to begin a three-game homestand to start the season. Tickets are available at



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