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Scouts from four NFL teams examine Marshall Pro Day

Mar. 22, 2008 @ 06:42 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two telling scenes highlighted Marshall University football's Pro Day.

First, and most striking, was the stellar performance delivered by Bernard Morris. The former Thundering Herd quarterback significantly lowered his 40-yard dash time and then displayed strength and accuracy during extended passing drills.

More subtle was the impact of Doug Legursky's workouts at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Following more than three hours of shuttle runs, sprints, bench presses and blocking drills, a mini-huddle of scouts formed around the athletic offensive lineman.

"It's good getting to know those guys and letting them get to know me a little bit and get to know my personality and see how I am out here on the field with the other players," Legursky said after the impromptu meeting.

Representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars evaluated about a dozen former Thundering Herd players Friday. Most prominent among the professional football hopefuls were Morris and Legursky, who gradually have elevated their NFL stock in recent months.

Legursky, a four-year starter at Marshall, is projected as a center or guard. He's worked to add longsnapping to his resume and demonstrated his progress for scouts on Friday. As expected, Legursky was impressive in the weight room, bench pressing 225 pounds 36 times.

Morris, meanwhile, continued his run of impressive NFL Draft tryouts.

The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Orlando native timed out at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, down from his NFL Combine time of 4.68.

Passes were accurate on the run, but arm strength was most impressive. He consistently fired deep outs on target and powered 50-yarders between the hashes.

Like Legursky, Morris spent one-on-one time with scouts following the workout.

"The guy from the Steelers said I just need to keep working," Morris said. "He said I looked really good today. It's only going up for me and it's good to get that kind of feedback."

Morris' encore to a stellar senior season has included appearances at the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and NFL Combine. Scouts traveled to Huntington on Friday for one of Morris' last opportunities to leave an impression.

"It's a very long process but it's been fun," Morris said. "I got a free trip to Hawaii and went to Houston and meeting everybody, I've just been taking advantage of all of the opportunities.

"Going to the Combine helped me out a lot too. The whole process has been fun."

After snapping to Morris during the past three seasons, Legursky wasn't surprised by Friday's impressive showing.

"He told me there were questions coming in about his arm, his accuracy and arm strength after (the Combine) and he just blew it out of the water," Legursky said. "He clearly can do it. You can just watch his game film and see he's got a strong arm and good accuracy.

"He showed it today. He showed what he can do. It's nothing out of the ordinary. He did what he can do."

In separate interviews, Morris and Legursky agreed as to what's next between now and the April 26-27 -- more of the same. Each will continue to train in Huntington and answer any calls for individual workouts spurred from Pro Day.

"I thought I was going to get a little spring break in there but my agent said to stay up here and continue to work out and do something to stay active," Morris said. "Don't just be content with everything and keep working.

"A lot of guys are leaving after today but I'm still going to be in Huntington. I'm going to wait it out for another two weeks and see what happens."

"Hurry up and wait; that's what it is," Legursky said. "I'm going to keep training, keep working out. I'm going to keep preparing and hopefully come draft day my name will get called. If not, then free agent."