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Penn State at the NFL Combine: Sanders, Oruwariye Move into PSU Top 12 All-time Lists

by on March 04, 2019 8:00 PM

Combined, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and running back Miles Sanders put together some of the best NFL Combine performances in Penn State football history.

The former Nittany Lions both cracked the Top 12 all-time PSU NFL Combine record charts in three different events at the pre-draft workouts, just completed in Indianapolis.

Only a dozen former Penn Staters appear at least three times on those all-time lists for Nittany Lions (complete listing is below).

Oruwariye’s 4.47 for the 40-yard dash, achieved Monday in the closing day of the Combine, ranks No. 10 among Penn Staters. His three-cone drill time of 6.82 is No. 4, while his vertical leap of 36.5 inches ranks No. 12.

Sanders’ 4.49 in the 40 ranks twelfth, while his 120-inch broad jump (seventh) and 6.89 three-cone-drill (tenth) also rank in Penn State’s Top 12.

D-lineman Kevin Givens did 32 reps with the 225-pound weights, the second-best performance by a Penn Stater at the Combine.

Safety Troy Apke, whose 2018 Combine tests included a 4.34 40-yard dash, ranks in the PSU Top 12 in five different events. Apke’s success at the Combine last year helped increase his NFL Draft stock dramatically, as he was selected in the fourth round and No. 109 overall by Washington.

Penn State’s 2018 Combine class was its best-ever. Tight end Mike Gesicki’s performance included four tests where he is ranked in Penn State’s Top 12, while running back Saquon Barkley and cornebackr Grant Haley each had stellar all-around performances at the Combine.

However, after Apke, wide receiver Chris Godwin has the most showings in Penn State’s all-time Top 12 Combine lists. In 2017, Godwin’s efforts placed him among the dozen best PSU performances in four categories,

The singularly best Combine performance by a Penn Stater in one event was achieved by Cameron Wake. Then known as Derek, his jump of 45.5 inches in 2005 is No. 2 in NFL Combine history and is a mere half-inch behind the 46-inch mark set by North Carolina’s Gerald Sensabaugh.

PSU TOP 12 ALL-TIME AT THE COMBINE

Below are the Top 12 Combine results in each category recorded by Penn Staters since 1999, which I compiled using information on the NFL.com website. 2019 Penn State participants are bold-faced.

40-YARD DASH — 1. Justin King (2008), 4.31 seconds. 2. Troy Apke (2018), 4.34 seconds. 3. Deon Butler (2009), 4.38 seconds. 4. Saquon Barkley (2018), 4.40 seconds. 5. Chaz Powell (2012), 4.42 seconds, and Chris Godwin (2017), 4.42 seconds. 7. Grant Haley (2018), 4.44 seconds. 8. Rich Gardner (2004), 4.46 seconds, and Derek Moye (2012), 4.46 seconds. 10. Amani Oruwariye (2019)4.47 seconds. 11. Lydell Sargeant (2009), 4.49 seconds, and Miles Sanders (2019), 4.49 seconds.

BENCH PRESS (225 lbs.) — 1. A.Q. Shipley (2009), 33 reps. 2. Kevin Givens (2019), 32 reps. 3. Levi Brown (2007), 31 reps; Johnnie Troutman (2012), 31 reps, and Mike Hull (2015), 31 reps. 6. Stefen Wisniewski (2011), 30 reps, and John Urschel (2014), 30 reps. 8. Saquon Barkley (2018), 29 reps. 9. Jordan Hill (2013), 28 reps; Michael Mauti (2013), 28 reps; Anthony Zettel (2016), 28 reps; Ryan Bates (2019), 28 reps, and Connor McGovern (2019), 28 reps.

VERTICAL LEAP — 1. Cameron Wake (2005), 45.5 inches. 2. Mike Gesicki (2018), 41.5 inches. 3. Troy Apke (2018), 41 inches, and Saquon Barkley (2018), 41 inches. 5. Chris Harrell (2006), 40.5 inches. 6. Omar Easy (2002), 40 inches. 7. Allen Robinson (2014), 39 inches. 8. Aaron Maybin (2009), 38 inches. 9. David Macklin (2000), 37.5 inches; Sean Lee (2010), 37.5 inches; and Jesse James (2015), 37.5 inches. 12. Amani Oruwariye (2019), 36.5 inches.

BROAD JUMP — 1. Troy Apke (2018), 131 inches. 2. Cameron Wake (2005), 130 inches. 3. Mike Gesicki (2018), 129 inches. 4. Justin King (2008), 127 inches, and Allen Robinson (2014), 127 inches. 6. Chris Godwin (2017), 126 inches. 7. Aaron Maybin (2009), 124 inches, and Miles Sanders (2019), 124 inches. 9. Omar Easy (2002), 123 inches, and Rich Gardner (2004), 123 inches. 10. Adrian Amos (2015), 122 inches. 11. Chaz Powell (2012), 121 inches, and Jesse James (2015), 121 inches.

20-YARD SHUTTLE — 1. Rich Gardner (2004), 3.92 seconds. 2. Grant Haley (2018), 3.94 seconds. 3. Allen Robinson (2014), 4.0 seconds, and Chris Godwin (2017), 4.0 seconds. 5. Adrian Amos (2015), 4.03 seconds, and Troy Apke (2018), 4.03 seconds. 7. Joe Nastasi (1999), 4.06 seconds. 8. Josh Hull (2010), 4.07 seconds. 9. David Macklin (2000), 4.09 seconds. 10. Justin Kurpeikis (2001), 4.10 seconds, and Mike Gesicki (2018), 4.10 seconds. 12. (tie) Omar Easy (2002), 4.12 seconds; Tim Shaw (2007), 4.12 seconds; and Trace McSorley (2019), 4.12 seconds.

THREE-CONE DRILL— 1. Grant Haley (2018), 6.51 seconds. 2. Troy Apke (2018), 6.56 seconds. 3. Mike Gesicki (2018), 6.76 seconds. 4. Justin Kurpeikis (2001), 6.82 seconds, and Amani Oruwariye (2019), 6.82 seconds. 6. Chaz Powell (2012), 6.84 seconds; Nathan Stupar (2012), 6.84 seconds, and DaeSean Hamilton (2018), 6.84 seconds. 9. Josh Hull (2010), 6.86 seconds. 10. Miles Sanders (2019), 6.89 seconds. 11. David Macklin (2000), 6.9 seconds 12. Rich Gardner (2004), 6.91 seconds, and NaVorro Bowman (2010), 6.91 seconds.

60-YARD SHUTTLE — 1. Chris Godwin (2017), 11.21 seconds. 2. Adrian Amos (2015), 11.33 seconds, and Mike Gesicki (2018), 11.33 seconds. 4. Mike Hull (2015), 11.52. 5. Jesse James (2015), 12.15 seconds.



Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for StateCollege.com since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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