TCU shows off its draft prospects, state-of-the-art facilities

A view of the weight room at Texas Christian University. (TCU Athletics Media Relations)

A view of the weight room at Texas Christian University. (TCU Athletics Media Relations)

The school that boasts 1938 Heisman Trophy winner Davey O’Brien, future Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson and the incomparable Sammy Baugh as its most notable football alumni has returned to prominence under coach Gary Patterson.

With eight consecutive bowl game appearances in tow, as well as 14 bowl games over the last 15 seasons, TCU has enjoyed rare success. A $164 million renovation to Amon Carter Stadium completed before the start of the 2012 season, a state-of-the-art weight room and the Sammy Baugh Indoor Practice Facility are proof of how much the program has been built up in recent years.

Also adding to the program’s notoriety are the players it has sent to the NFL. Quarterback Andy Dalton has helped guide the Cincinnati Bengals to consecutive playoff appearances (and helped out the program by tossing passes at its pro day). Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 (and presented his Pro Bowl jersey to Patterson to display at the school). Both players were present at TCU’s pro day, where the next wave of Horned Frogs displayed their skills.

A total of 10 players from the 2012 TCU team worked out for representatives from 29 NFL teams, including Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant coach Jerry Olsavsky and Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards.

Josh Boyce, WR, is considered a pretty good prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, but was unable to work out at the pro day. He had surgery to repair a Jones Fracture on his foot on Tuesday and will be sidelined 6-10 weeks.

Stansly Maponga goes through a workout at TCU's pro day. (TCU Athletics Media Relations)

Stansly Maponga goes through a workout at TCU’s pro day. (TCU Athletics Media Relations)

Stansly Maponga, DE (6-foot-1 7/8, 251 pounds) — Maponga ran the 40-yard dash in 4.81 and 4.84 seconds. He had a 4.37-second short shuttle and a 7.30-second three-cone drill. He left 29 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and had a 9-foot-6 broad jump. Maponga played defensive end in college, but is also being worked out at linebacker (as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 base defense). The NFL linebackers coaches present worked out Maponga.

Matthew Tucker, RB (6-0 3/4, 218) — Tucker ran the 40 in 4.60 and 4.58 seconds, had a 4.44-second short shuttle and a 7.12-second three-cone drill. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He looked very good in the running back drills, as well as catching the ball from Dalton.

Boyce, Maponga and Tucker participated in the NFL Scouting Combine.

TCU taped the entire workout, and then that workout tape will be distributed to all teams present at the workout.

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