14 Syracuse players work out for NFL scouts
Thursday, March 8, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Fourteen former Syracuse players worked out for NFL scouts on Thursday in Manley Field House, including punter Rob Long.
Scouts from 31 NFL teams and a couple of general managers showed up. That's up from 24 teams a year ago, a good sign for Orange coach Doug Marrone, whose third season at the helm ended with a five-game losing streak and no bowl appearance.
The workouts were closed to the media, but afterward Long said he was cancer-free and sported a full head of hair. A year ago, he had just overcome a cancerous brain tumor when he took part in pro day. This time he's optimistic he'll get a shot in some camp.
Defensive end Chandler Jones says teams also are looking at him as an outside linebacker.