Delaware Seniors Continue to Pursue NFL Dreams at Pro Day

March 9, 2017 • Ben Heck • Front Page, NFL Draft, University of Delaware

University of Delaware Press Release
NEWARK, Del. — When Connor Bozick walked off the field at Delaware Stadium this past November at the conclusion of the annual Battle of the Blue Hen matchup with rival Villanova, he capped an outstanding career as one of the top offensive linemen in University of Delaware football history.
Just over three months later, Bozick continues to work hard to make sure that his playing days are far from over.
That’s why he was sweating and hustling again Wednesday morning in front of approximately 12 National Football League scouts as Delaware hosted its annual Pro Day at the Delaware Field House.
Bozick, a 6-5, 320 lb. tackle from Severn, Md., was among three former Blue Hen standouts and several other area players who took part in measuring, testing, and on-field drills as part of the annual event that happens on hundreds of campuses this time of the year. He was joined by a pair of 2016 UD teammates in safety Simba Gwashavanhu (below right) and punter Will Stephenson (below left).
The day began with height and weight measurements and testing in the bench press, vertical leap, and broad jump in the Chuck Hall Weight Room inside the Bob Carpenter Center.
The group then headed to the inside turf at Delaware Field House where they went through various speed and agility drills and skills work pertaining to their individual positions. Scouts huddled around with clipboards in hand and stop watches around their necks watching and reporting every move. About 100 family, friends, and teammates were among those watching from the sidelines and in the stands high above the field.
“I expected to come in here and perform well today,” said Bozick, a hotel, restaurant, and institutional management major who was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association performer, played in 46 career games, and participated in two post-season all-star games after the 2016 season. “I didn’t expect this many teams (to have scouts there), so that was pretty cool. I have been training for the last couple of months up in Boston and had a plan to come in here and be ready for any scenario. It was almost like preparing for a game and I think I did really well. I hit some consistent numbers in the broad (jump), bench, and vertical (leap) and felt good running and in the position work.”
Gwashavanhu, who recorded 93 tackles in 31 career games for the Hens, also went through drills for the scouts inside DFH and Stephenson, who averaged 41.3 yards per kick in his lone season with UD this past fall, later took his game outside and went through punting exercises in front of the scouts on the Delaware turf practice field.
All three are hoping to hook on with a professional team and earn a tryout later this spring. Each would love to join a group of seven former Blue Hens currently playing in the NFL, tied for the most of any NCAA FCS program.
“I just want to get in the best shape of my life and hopefully a team will give me an opportunity,” said Bozick when asked about what the coming months will bring leading up to the NFL Draft in April and the subsequent free agent signing period. “It’s all up in the air right now. If a call comes, I just have to be ready to go.”

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