March 13, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Oklahoma State football team held its annual Pro Day inside the weight room at Boone Pickens Stadium and at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center Thursday, with 26 former Cowboys working out in front of 42 total NFL personnel.
Among the athletes working out were 24 players from last year's 10-3 squad, as well as former Cowboys Alex Elkins and Evan Epstein. Plenty of attention was on NFL combine attendees Justin Gilbert and Josh Stewart, but several other athletes turned in impressive marks as well.
Safety Daytawion Lowe had perhaps the biggest day of all, running an impressive 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recording a vertical leap of 37.5 inches. To put those marks into perspective, only one safety ran a faster 40 time (4.42) and two safeties recorded a higher vertical (38 in.) at this year's NFL Combine.
"I think it went well," Lowe said. "There is always room for improvement, but overall I think today went pretty well."
Lowe's 40 time and his vertical were the best respective marks of the day, but it should be noted that Gilbert elected not to run the 40-yard dash and used his NFL Combine time of 4.37 seconds. Other bests included Shamiel Gary's broad jump of 10-3, Tyler Patmon's 20-yard shuttle time of 4.12 seconds, Patmon's and Steven Sumpter's 60-yard shuttle times of 11.23 seconds, Patmon's three cone drill time of 6.8 seconds and Epstein's 30 bench-press reps of 225 pounds.
Among cornerbacks at this year's NFL Combine, Patmon's 60-yard shuttle mark would have ranked third, his three cone drill sixth and his 20-yard shuttle eighth.
Stewart improved two of his NFL Combine results, turning in a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.32 in the 20-yard shuttle. He also had a solid day in position work running routes and catching passes.
"My goal was to come out here today and just be better," Stewart said. "I wanted to have a better day than I did at the combine and just work really hard because that is all I can do. I think I did that today so I'm excited and looking forward to the coming months."
Gilbert, an All-American and Thorpe Award finalist, used his NFL Combine numbers for most of the tests, but did impress in position work.
"I wanted to [run] but my agent said my time was pretty good at the Combine and I didn't need to run," Gilbert said. "I talked with Coach Glass a couple days ago when I was still trying to decide whether or not to run the 40 and he said I had one of the fastest times there so I didn't really need to run. I relaxed a little bit today and just kind of took it easy."
Other notable results from OSU's 2014 Pro Day included Parker Graham's 29 bench-press reps, Gary's 4.5 40 time, Tracy Moore's 37-inch vertical leap and Charlie Moore's and Alex Elkins' 10-2 broad jump.