San Jose State’s prospects try to make an impression

LB Justin Cole was one of eleven Spartan players to work out at San Jose State's pro day. (Ben Liebenberg /

Even without being a big-time football program, San Jose State has been good for at least a few standout prospects in recent years. But this year could be different, evident by a struggling Spartans squad in 2009 and that no position coaches showed up among the 15 NFL teams at the school’s pro day on May 19th.

In all, 11 Spartans and three others from smaller schools worked out on FieldTurf outdoors.

Linebacker Justin Cole (6-foot-3 5/8, 245 pounds) ran 4.90 and 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.50 in the short shuttle, did 24 bench press repetitions are 225, and stood on the rest of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.

Wide receiver Kevin Jurovich (5-10 5/8, 182) ran 4.45 and 4.54 40s, had a 37 ½-inch vertical jump, 10-2 broad jump, ran a 4.2 short shuttle, and didn’t do a three-cone because he said he had a sore groin. That prompted one NFL scout to say, “He sure makes some good cuts for a guy with a sore groin.”

Linebacker Carl Ihenacho (6-2 3/8, 245) ran a 5.12 40 and had a sore knee that his time short. He will work out again at Hawaii’s pro day.

— Gil Brandt

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