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Syracuse pro day today

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 10:45 am


Syracuse will conduct their pro day today for their draft prospects. Obviously QB Ryan Nassib will be the headliner, but there are a few other draft worthy prospects working out in the Salt City today.

Nassib along with OT Justin Pugh, WR Alec Lemon and S Shamarko Thomas are all expected to participate to some degree along with the other graduating players for the Orange.

Nassib will likely be looking to improve on his 40 time at the Combine, which was a pedestrian 5.06, the second slowest among QBs that ran in Indy. He’s also likely to want to improve his broad jump, which in Indy was 8’9″. He didn’t bench at the Combine (most QBs do not) and probably won’t today.

For Pugh he may also want to improve on some numbers he put up at the Combine. He did not bench at the Combine so barring an injury he’s expected to bench at today’s pro day.

Lemon needs to improve on his Combine numbers today after a 40 time of 4.59 and just seven reps on the bench.

The only Combine participant from Syracuse that’s likely to stick with most of his numbers is S Shamarko Thomas, who had a great workout in Indy. He ran a 4.42 40 time, which was the fastest among the safety group. He had the best vertical among the safeties at 40.5 inches, the most reps on the bench by far with an impressive 28 and had the second-longest broad jump at 11’2″.

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Other ‘Cuse prospects asked about Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on February 23, 2013 – 12:52 pm

There are a total of four Syracuse prospects here at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week, and while NFL clubs certainly want to get a better handle on all four of them, the three that aren’t Ryan Nassib are being asked a lot of questions about their college QB.

Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh is just one example. Though he’s considered a day two draft choice himself he is fielding questions about Nassib when he meets with teams.

“Yeah, they definitely want to know about some of the guys coming out this year, Ryan obviously being one of the top guys,” said Pugh. “So I’ve definitely had to answer a lot of questions. But it’s easy to answer about Ryan. He’s a hard-working guy who just kind of puts his nose to the grindstone and goes. So it’s easy to just tell them exactly what he is.”

Nassib, who played under Bills head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, has been working with a pair of NFL stalwarts in preparation for the Combine and the draft.

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‘Cuse OT Pugh on Marrone

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2013 – 9:16 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was described as a disciplinarian and a player’s coach in the same breath by his former college quarterback Ryan Nassib. When asked if that’s possible Nassib’s Orange teammate OT Justin Pugh agreed.

“I think being a head coach you kind of have to wear a different mask from being a position coach,” said Pugh. “So when he was the offensive line coach for the Saints and the Jets back in the day – he’d probably get mad at me for saying that – he kind of wore different hats … But when you become head coach, you have to have that stern, disciplinary mold to you, because you can’t have guys running all over the program.

“So when he would be the head coach, he’d be that stern guy. But when you got with him in the meeting rooms, he was talking more about technique and stuff … he was a great guy. Coach Marrone, I love him as a coach and looking forward to seeing his success with the Bills.”

Pugh is seen as an offensive tackle by some and a guard by others. He’s been forecast as a day two pick.

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Orange O-lineman out early-ready for NFL

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 21, 2013 – 10:29 pm

Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh is part of Senior Bowl history this week. The Pittsburgh native is one of two non-seniors eligible to participate in the Senior Bowl. It’s the first time in the 64-year history of the game non-seniors have been allowed to play. Pugh and Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker were given clearance to play since they both earned their degrees and had been in school for four years.

For Pugh, it wasn’t just the NFL and the Senior Bowl that had to give him the OK. He had to get it from his Mother also.

“My mom told me that if I ever wanted to play in the NFL, I had to get my degree first,” Pugh told The John Murphy Show, at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week. “She’s a teacher so she’s real big on education. Before the season even started, she said you better take enough classes so you can graduate, or you’re not going anywhere.”

Pugh graduated from Syracuse last month with a degree in finance. And he’s interested in that, or perhaps broadcasting, as a post-football career.

For now, his focus is on football, and after being selected All-Big East for the last few years, Pugh has a chance to make a good living in the NFL. The 6-5 301 pounder got reps at tackle and guard Monday, on the first day of Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile. He wants to make an impression this week as he works out in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

“I want people to say I compete and I’m a tough kid,” he said. “That’s something I take pride in, going out here and being physical and being a smart player. I want them to know I can pick up the playbook and run with it.”

Pugh played all three years of his college career for Doug Marrone, the new Head Coach of the Bills. And he says Bills fans will like what they see of Marrone once he settles into the job.

“They should be excited. Just look what he did with the Syracuse program. It was probably one of the darkest times in program history when we first got there in ’09, and to where we are now, it’s very respectable program. Two bowl games in three years, we should have gone to three in three years but we kinda faltered in 2011. He’s very disciplined, I think that’s something that teams need that are trying to find that winning mentality. I think he brings that to the table. I’m excited to see what he does and hopefully we can work together in the future.”

The John Murphy Show will broadcast live from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama at 7pm Tuesday and Wednesday. The show airs on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.

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