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Akron’s Tretter has to be happy with combine

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 24, 2013 – 12:08 pm

Akron, N.Y. native J.C. Tretter wrapped up his work at the NFL Combine Saturday. And the Cornell product has to be happy with his overall performance.
Tretter did well in virtually all of the on field workouts in Indianapolis. He was 14th among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, with a time of 5.09. He was 12th in the bench press, with 29 reps. He was 8th in the vertical jump, and 8th in the three-cone drill.
Tretter told us Friday afternoon that it was important for him to show well at the combine, to dispel the notion that a small college, Ivy League product could not compete in the NFL.
“A lot of people expect you to not be the same quality, strength wise-speed wise,” Tretter said. “I’m extremely confident in my abilities. I was talking to the guys at the bench press and no one really knows about the kid from Cornell. They were kinda, ‘Is this kid going to be able to bench at all? What is he going to be able to do?’ You kinda go through those stereotypes.”
Tretter says he’s heard buzz about his possible weaknesses, including questions about his overall strength level. That’s why his strong showing in the bench press was so important.
“You’d love to hit the thirty mark,” he said. “You always think you can do more. But 29, it is what it is, and that’s your number. I’m happy with that, it wasn’t a disappointment.”
“What’s out there is there’s a worry about strength. But with the 29 (reps) definitely helps to shoo that away.”
Tretter says he met informally with Bills personnel here at the combine this week.

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