He got the invite, but Cornell offensive lineman J.C. Tretter has been unavilable to practice this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
The Akron, NY native has been here all week, but he’s walking around with big brace and bandage on his nose. Tretter broke the nose last Friday, just hours before he was scheduled to fly to Mobile for the week’s worth of practices.
“Down at IMG where I’m training, we were doing some one on one pass-pro last Friday, non padded,” Tretter told The John Murphy Show.
“I had the kid locked out, he tried to spin. He slipped, and the back of his head caught my nose, and the head’s a little denser than the nose is, so he shifted it over. I had to get rushed to the emergency room and get it shifted back. I’m not able to participate this week, which is very unfortunate.”
Tretter has spent the week in Mobile meeting with different NFL coaching staffs in the night time interviews. But he knows he missed a major opportunity this week, a chance to convince NFL scouts and coaches that the Ivy Leaguer can compete at the top level.
“It was definitely a huge disappointment,” Tretter said. “This is both an honor and an opportunity, the Senior Bowl. It’s an honor because you’re getting recognized as one of the top players in the nation, but it’s an opportunity because when you’re from a small school, you get a chance to play against the big schools and the big time prospects. This was a huge disappointment for me not to be able to go out and show all the scouts what I’m capable of.”
Tretter will get his chance. He’s cleared to resume working out next Monday, and he’s just about a month away from attending the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The 6-2, 302 lb offensive lineman is a legitimate NFL prospect. And he was a standout in football and basketball during his high school days in Akron, NY. He remains Akron High School’s all time leader in points and rebounds.