March 21, 2013

There's always hope for UMaine athletes on Pro Day

Trying to make a strong impression, 11 UMaine players perform for an NFL scout.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Limington native Josh Spearin prepares for the standing broad jump under the watchful eye of Patriots scout Frank Ross inside at the University of Maine on Wednesday on Pro Day.

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Ross, who spent the previous day gathering similar data at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, will write a report on each player and enter their times and measurements into a database accessible by every NFL team.

"All the NFL scouts can get to it and look at your results," Spearin said. "If they're interested, they'll contact you."

Current Black Bears in the NFL include McMillian, Buttles, Jeremy Kelley (Colts), Mike DeVito (Chiefs) and two players who might not have gotten a chance if not for impressive performances on their own Pro Days in Orono: Montell Owens of Jacksonville and Matt Mulligan of St. Louis.

Owens was a backup tailback at Maine until his senior year, so there wasn't a lot of video highlights for teams to see. Mulligan was a late bloomer who played soccer and basketball in high school. Now Owens, a fullback, is a Pro Bowler and Mulligan, a tight end, recently signed a three-year contract.

"Those two guys are the ones who made this day work for them," Cosgrove said. "They really helped themselves."

Their stories are well known to all 11 who strived and strained Wednesday for the stopwatch, the measuring tape and the unblinking eye of the video camera.

"That's hope, right there," Dennis said. "I played with guys and I see they can do it; and if they can do it, I know I can, too. Let's keep on generating Maine guys who are going to the next level."

COSGROVE LOST two of his assistants to other programs. Defensive line coach Dennis Dottin-Carter, who spent five years in Orono after his playing days were over, joined the new staff at Delaware and strength coach Dan Nichol took a similar position at Western Michigan, also after five years with Maine.

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