Former NDSU quarterback gears up for his pro day
- Associated Press
- March 11, 2014 - 10:10 AM
FARGO, N.D. — Former North Dakota State University quarterback Brock Jensen is gearing up for his pro day in Fargo, after being overlooked for the NFL combine.
Jensen won more games than any other quarterback in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history and led the Bison to three straight FCS titles. He'll show off his skills for scouts at his pro day Wednesday, but he was disappointed that he wasn't invited to the recent NFL combine, where NFL scouts check out potential draft picks, he told Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1oIssA5 ).
"But I've been overlooked quite a bit, so, that's kind of a familiar spot," he said. "I came out of (Waupaca, Wis.) high school the same way, overlooked by many colleges. So it's kind of the same experience at this next level. I know I could have done well and shined there, but I guess I just have to shine at my pro day instead."
He began preparing for his pro day just days after winning the national title for a third time on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas.
"It's definitely been full steam ahead, not a whole lot of down time to sit and enjoy what's happened over the past three years," he said. "But I think it's been a blessing to be in this situation. I wouldn't want it any other way."
Jensen hired agent Ryan Smith of 7 Sports Group, who brought Jensen to Oceanside, Calif., so he could work with quarterback guru Steve Calhoun. Calhoun has helped tutor several NFL quarterbacks, including Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Nick Foles, E.J. Manuel, Jake Locker and Mike Glennon.
"He definitely can make a (NFL) team," Calhoun said. "He's very smart as far as it comes to football IQ. Understanding coverages, reads, protections. He can make all the throws. I had seen him play. He was pretty far along as far as footwork and mechanics. Basically he just needed polishing."
Jensen said he's been more than satisfied with Calhoun's work.
"He's not changed a whole lot, but certain tweaks he makes are just incredible," Jensen said. "His attention to detail and his eye for seeing what you can improve is, I think, the best out of anyone. Being able to work with him I've been able to improve a lot. Just the ball coming out of my hand is a lot better than it ever has, and my footwork has gotten a lot better."
Calhoun said Jensen's track record as a winner should be "held in high regard."
"When you win 73 out of 80 games in high school and college, that's getting it done," he said.
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