Five former MAC football standouts have been invited to attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 23 through March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The annual NFL Combine provides college players the opportunity to showcase their skills and meet with each of the 32 NFL teams head coaches, coaching staffs, personnel directors and scouts in preparation of the 2011 NFL Draft. The NFL Combine will be televised by the NFL Network.
Buffalo DB Joshua Thomas, Central Michigan LB Nick Bellore and Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett, DT Muhammad Wilkerson and LB Elijah Joseph will be representing the Mid-American Conference.
Thomas, a three-year starter, finished his Bulls' career with 29 career passes defended, tied for fifth best in school history. The Cedar Hill, TX native racked up 24 career starts and was named to Phil Steele's All-MAC third team this past year. As a senior, he started all 12 games and was fifth on the team with 58 tackles, including 30 solo stops. He added 5.5 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, eight pass breakups, including an interception.
Bellore was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference first team selection and ranks third in Central Michigan history with 472 career tackles. Bellore's 52 career games started is tied for the most in school history.
Jarrett is a two-time first-team All-MAC honoree and team captain. Jarrett started all 12 games at free safety in 2010 and played in every game of his collegiate career with 43 starts. Jarrett was the Owls' top defender with 74 tackles, and also had two interceptions, two break-ups, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery this season. Named to the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, Jarrett was the recipient of the 2010 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and the 2010 Enterprise Spirit & Sportsmanship Awards.
Wilkerson was the recipient of Temple's defensive most valuable player honor in 2010. A two-time first-team All-MAC honoree, Wilkerson was the team captain and started all 12 games at defensive tackle. He finished third in tackles with 70 and led the Owls with 13.0 TFL and 9.5 sacks and was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List.
Joseph played in all 10 games in 2010 with seven starts at middle linebacker. Joseph ranked second on the team with 71 tackles, including a team-best 46 solo takedowns, and a team-high six break-ups. He led Temple with a career-high 12 tackles in the win at Army.
The 2011 NFL Draft is slated for April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It will be televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.