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Eleven former Hoosiers set to participate in IU football pro day


Senior quarterback Richard Lagow passes the ball to junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. during the Old Oaken Bucket game against Purdue Nov. 25 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Cobbs and 10 other Hoosiers will compete in IU's pro day on Tuesday.  Ty Vinson

With NFL scouts watching, 11 former Hoosier football players will participate in IU's Pro Day 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Bloomington. 

After a program record-tying five players participated in this year's NFL combine, a relatively high number of Hoosiers will work out in IU's Pro Day as well. In the last three years IU has had eight, ten and seven participants for Pro Day. 

Pro Day will feature 10 seniors and red-shirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr., including all five players who went to the NFL combine in early March. The participants are as follows:

Simmie Cobbs Jr. — wide receiver

Chris Covington — linebacker

Chase Dutra — safety

Rashard Fant — cornerback

Tony Fields — safety

Greg Gooch — defensive end

Richard Lagow — quarterback

Robert McCray III — defensive end

Griffin Oakes — kicker

Tegray Scales — linebacker

Ian Thomas — tight end

Fant was unable to participate at the NFL combine due to a torn pectoral muscle while Scales, Cobbs, Thomas and Covington all impressed in various areas. 

Scales and Covington each finished top-five at their position in the bench press while Thomas was top-three among tight ends in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump. 

Cobbs was the third fastest receiver in the three-cone drill which evaluates agility. These five may not participate in every drill Tuesday but each already has strong measurements to fall back on.

Other notable Hoosiers working out Tuesday include two-time Big Ten Kicker-of-the-Year Griffin Oakes and IU's primary quarterback for the last two seasons Richard Lagow. 

Oakes is first in IU history and fifth all-time in the Big Ten with 69 made field goals. 

Lagow threw for more than 5,000 yards and 34 touchdowns across two seasons in Bloomington, though he split time as quarterback with Peyton Ramsey in 2017.

McCray and Gooch combined for 15 sacks and each played more than 40 games along the defensive line in their time at IU. 

Fields and Dutra primarily manned the safety spots the past four seasons. Fields became the only player in program history to play 50 games and finished his career with 159 tackles. Dutra had 237 tackles at IU and was the team's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2017.

Seven former IU players have been drafted into the NFL in the past four years and multiple Hoosiers will likely be drafted again this year. The 2018 NFL Draft will occur from April 26 to 28. 

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