UAM hosts first-ever combine

The Arkansas-Monticello football team held the first ever Enhancing Sport Performance Boll Weevil Combine on May 26.

Nineteen high school athletes from eight different high schools participated in the event, including Monticello, McGehee and Star City high school.

“I thought it was a great experience for our kids,” Monticello high school coach Greg Tiner said. “The kids enjoyed it and UAM coach Hud Jackson and his guys did a great job putting it together.”

The player ran through six events that are regularly seen in the NFL Draft Combine — the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the standing broad jump, the pro shuttle, the three-cone drill and the bench press.

“The kids know that these are the important things that colleges are looking for,” Tiner said. “Our kids know it’s important to do well in those skills and it was good to get the information from those events out.”

Monticello’s Demarius Blanks had the top time in the pro shuttle in 4.40 seconds.

“This gives the kids chances to get their name thrown around and show people what they can do,” Tiner said. “As a coach, that’s what you are trying to promote for the kids and give them every opportunity to be seen and heard.”

Kendal Handley, of McGehee, ran a 4.50 second 40-yard dash. He also had a vertical jump of 30 inches, which was the top height. McGehee’s Steve King had 15 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press for the top mark.