Scouts eye Metheny at South Alabama’s pro day

By Brad Fauber

A few months after senior Ross Metheny wrapped up his college football career at the University of South Alabama, the former Sherando quarterback took the field with his eye on an opportunity to continue on to the next level.

Metheny took part in the first-ever pro day at South Alabama on Friday afternoon, as he and about 18 other college football players showcased their skills in front of a handful of professional scouts.

“It went really well. I tested really well and I threw the ball really well today,” Metheny said in a phone interview Friday night. “It was a positive day all around, I had a lot of fun with it.”

Metheny, who completed 201 of 324 passes for 2,622 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the Jaguars (6-6) in their first season as a full-fledged Division I FBS program this past year, said he shared the field with about 14 South Alabama teammates in addition to several players from smaller schools in the surrounding area.

Scouts from five different professional teams were in attendance on Friday, according to Metheny, including representatives from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Metheny said a scout from the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos was also in attendance.

“The scout from the Steelers was very complimentary. He said some very positive things and mentioned the possibility of maybe going to a camp,” said Metheny, who led the Sun Belt Conference in total offense (269 yards per game) in 2013. “The rest of the scouts all kind of said the same thing.”

The drills conducted at Friday’s pro day are the same drills that are put on each year at the NFL scouting combine. Metheny said he participated in drills such as the 40-yard dash, pro agility test and the broad jump, and the quarterback said he surprised himself when he registered a personal-best 40-inch vertical jump.

Metheny also participated in various passing drills testing arm strength and accuracy, among other skill sets required for a professional quarterback.

“I was happy with the way I threw. There were some pass catchers out there that I hadn’t worked with very much, but we made some adjustments,” Metheny said. “I was delivering the ball with the right velocity and where it needed to be.”

The 6-foot-3 Metheny added that while he felt confident with his performance in front of the scouts on Friday, most of his potential stock has already been built up over the last couple of seasons.

“The thing about it is, for a QB, for me my play is in the film,” he said. “It was important to do really well today, but the film is what’s going to get you an invite to a camp.”

Metheny said he went into Friday’s workout looking only to “control what I can control,” but he hopes that it leads to a more intimate tryout with a professional team as the NFL’s draft approaches on May 8.

“Now it’s just wait and see, and hopefully we’ll get some private workouts,” Metheny said.

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