March 22, 2013
Chappelear impressive at Pro Day
PRO DAY NOTES:
Seven NFL teams were in attendance Friday from Kansas City, New York Jets, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, Arizona and Oakland … Chappelear set the tone early with 34 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds which would have been the fourth best mark with defensive lineman and second best among linebackers at the NFL Combine … Chappelear also ran a 4.7 40-yard dash which would have been a top 10 time for defensive lineman and top 15 for linebackers … the Urbana, Mo., native has also has an upcoming meeting with the Jets in early April and has signed with agent Marc Lillibridge of Pro Football Syndicate … also participating was Jordan Simmons, Todd Adolf, Rod Williams and John Hinchey … Simmons has garnered interest from the Chiefs and has a meeting scheduled April 5 … other former Bearcats Dave Tollefson continues to receive interest from 14 teams and has mentioned interest from the Giants could bring him back to New York where he won two Super Bowls … linebacker Chad Kilgore has also garnered interest from a number of CFL teams … LaRon Council has continued his stellar career in the IFL with the Green Bay Blizzard where he set a IFL record with 1,040 yards … Former Bearcat quarterback Blake Bolles was reassigned with the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League and signed by the Lincoln Haymakers where he joins former Bearcat wide receiver Nick Rhodes … Willie Horn has also joined the Kansas City Renegades with former Bearcat kicker Tommy Frevert … Chris Leflore is set to begin his third season in the AFL and second with the Pittsburg Power
By David Boyce
The calendar says spring. Spring Break at Northwest Missouri State next week definitely means spring is here.
But if you ventured outside and took a look at Bearcat Stadium this week, you would think it was late fall and the football team was preparing for the playoffs.
A week of football activity concluded Friday afternoon in 30-degree temperatures with a Pro Day.
NFL scouts from seven teams traveled to Maryville to get a closer look at several players.
Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said wide receiver Tyler Shaw got some attention with his time in the 40. There is some interest in all-purpose back Jordan Simmons because of his kickoff and punt returns. A few might look at place kicker Todd Adolph.
The focus of most of the scouts is Travis Chappelear, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end.
“It has been pretty neat how this has grown in the last couple of months,” Dorrel said.
“He really got hot and caught a lot of people’s eye. One team starts to like him, and then another team starts to like him and then it snowballs.
“The New England Patriots flew a guy in last week and did a private workout. You don’t hear about that happening to Division II guys.”
A team that consistently reaches the Division II playoffs like Northwest will usually have a player or two that catches a scout’s eye.
Northwest football team started laying more of their foundation for the fall 2013 season on Monday with the opening of its spring football practices.
The Bearcats are allowed 15 practices and they must conclude a week before the start of finals.
So this week, Northwest practiced four days before breaking for Spring Break. The Bearcats will scatter 11 more practices the following three weeks.
“We had high enthusiasm,” Dorrel said. “I thought the energy level was good. People were flying around. Obviously, execution on the first day is never what you want it to be. Overall, I thought it was good.
“I thought we knocked the rust off and got better. I told the kids if you get a little better each day, you got a chance. We are working toward fall.
The point of emphasis this spring is developing the two-deep portion of the roster.
“We have a good cast of starters coming back,” Dorrel said. “There is always good competition at each position.
“The second thing, we go through signing day and you try to fix what you are bad at and try to improve on what you are good at.”
Dorrel and his staff are excited to work with the freshmen, who redshirted last fall.
“We got so many young talented kids that it really gave me a shot in the arm to watch those kids workout,” Dorrel said.
“If you look at our testing numbers of our freshmen, wow, it was off the charts.”
From a football standpoint, Dorrel liked the unseasonably cold weather this week.
“It was extremely windy and extremely cold the first day,” Dorrel said. “It helps us out to be in this stuff.”
However, when the Bearcats return to the practice field after Spring Break, the players would probably have an extra pep in their step if temperatures are more spring like.
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