Feb 23, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT
Four former CAA Football standouts, including Villanova’s Ben Ijalana, Delaware’s Pat Devlin and Richmond’s Martin Parker and Justin Rogers, will represent the league in this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Television coverage, including workouts and behind-the-scenes footage from Lucas Oil Stadium, can be seen throughout the week and weekend on the NFL Network and NFL Network HD.
Ijalana, one of 55 offensive linemen at the Combine, begins his four-day schedule today, Feb. 23, and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 26. Devlin, who will be part of the 18 quarterbacks invited to the Combine, starts his four-day schedule Thursday, Feb. 24, and ends it Sunday, Feb. 27. Both Parker, among 57 defensive linemen, and Rogers, one of 56 defensive backs, start their Combine schedules Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, respectively. Each of the former Spiders will end their schedules three days later.
Individual combine invites will take part in hospital pre-exam and x-rays during their first day at the Combine. Players’ second and third-day schedules will include measurements, more medical examinations, media sessions, psychological testing, NFL Players Association meetings and more interviews with NFL team personnel. Ijalana, who will wear “OL25” on his workout gear, will get on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday to take part in timing, workout stations and other skill drills. Devlin, who will wear “QB3” on his workout gear, Parker (DL40) and Rogers (DB38) will all follow suit in regards to workouts each day beginning Sunday, Feb. 27, and ending Tuesday, March 1.
|Villanova’s Ben Ijalana|
Ijalana finished his career as a consensus First Team All-American, a three-time First Team All-CAA Football honoree, and logged a 10th-place finish in the Outland Trophy Award voting at the end of the 2010 season — given to the nation’s top major college football interior lineman. The Hainesport, N.J., native led a Wildcat offensive front which averaged 194.9 rushing yards/game and just over 30 points/game.
|Delaware’s Pat Devlin (credit: Mark Campbell)|
Devlin, one of the nation’s highest-rated quarterbacks, was outstanding as a senior in 2010 as he completed 261-of-384 passes for 3,032 yards and 22 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He led the nation in pass completion percentage with a mark of .680 and ranked No. 5 in passing rating with a total of 151.64. The Downingtown, Pa., native threw for over 200 yards nine times and threw four touchdowns passes in a game twice. In just two seasons at Delaware, after transferring from Penn State, he threw for 5,696 yards and 38 touchdowns and won 18 games. Devlin’s honors in 2010 included First Team Phil Steele College Football All-America, Third Team Associated Press All-America and being named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Year.
|Richmond’s Martin Parker|
Parker finished his Spider career with a league-best 96 tackles from his defensive tackle position and ranked second in CAA Football with 5.5 sacks in 11 games. The senior was one of two CAA Football consensus First Team All-Americans following the 2010 season, after logging a spot on the CAA Football First Team. He posted five double-digit tackle games, including 13 against Delaware and 12 in a win over Towson. The New Haven, Conn. native, the 2011 East-West Shrine Game Defensive MVP, also blocked a PAT attempt in the game against the Blue Hens.
|Richmond’s Justin Rogers|
Rogers, a First Team All-CAA Football pick at both cornerback and punt returner, led the league in punt return average (12.4 yards), while collecting 48 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. A versatile threat, Rogers became the CAA Football career leader in kickoff return yards during the 2010 season and also saw action on offense as he rushed five times, caught three passes and was two-for-two passing. The Baton Rouge, La. native was Third Team All-America selection by both the AP and the Sports Network.
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