Summers Lights Up UNLV Pro Day|
March 5, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Even with all the impressive offensive weapons making up NFL rosters, the league may just be adding a "Tank" to its arsenal next month.
Former UNLV running back Frank "The Tank" Summers created a buzz among the many scouts, teammates, onlookers and reporters on hand at the Rebels' annual Pro Day on campus Thursday.
No less than 14 scouts came to town from 13 different NFL clubs to take a look at Summers and nearly a dozen of his former college teammates who all went through a two-hour battery of testing inside the Lied Athletic Complex and out at Rebel Park. The Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers were so interested in checking out the powerful runner that they had a trio of personnel on hand, including highly respected running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Also taking part in Pro Day was record-breaking wide receiver Casey Flair, running back David Peeples, defensive back Geoffery Howard, offensive lineman Sifa Moala, tight end Ryan Worthen, punter Dack Ishii, defensive lineman Thor Pili, defensive back Lorenzo Bursey, offensive lineman Johan Asiata and defensive lineman George Fa'avae. Defensive lineman Jacob Hales was also present but could not test because of an injury. Joining those 2008 seniors was former UNLV standout safety Jay Staggs (2003-06).
On a perfect Las Vegas March day, Summers put on a show, starting with a broad jump measurement of 9'5" and vertical jump of 34.5 inches. He then posted a 4.55 time in the 40-yard dash and, after completing various shuttle runs and cone drills and catching some passes, ended the proceedings indoors by getting 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, impressing dozens of onlookers that included his personal trainer out of Florida.
Summers, who was outstanding running, catching and blocking at January's Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game in El Paso but was not invited to the official NFL Combine, said that he was pleased with his performance.
"I felt great and I gave it all I had and that's all you can ask," he said. "I'm a football player and I think the (career highlight) film and the numbers today show it. I wanted to keep the momentum going that I started in the Texas all-star game and I think I did that today."
Summers led the team in rushing yards each of his two seasons after transferring from Laney College, going for 928 yards in 2007 and 740 last fall despite getting injured after just two carries in the season finale. He also finished his Rebel career with a combined 20 career touchdowns rushing (14) and receiving (6).
UNLV head coach Mike Sanford said the number of scouts on hand was impressive.
"This is a great crowd from the NFL for a senior class that I have a lot of respect for," he said. "These guys have a very positive future in whatever they do."
The 2009 NFL Draft will take place April 25-26 in New York.