Bobcat players spend years building a highlight reel on the field but their dreams of reaching the next level all come down to one day. That day was Wednesday, as Montana State hosted its Pro Day.
"Coming from a smaller school you don't get much respect, at least here," said former Bobcat defensive end Preston Gale. "So it's really important for us to showcase what we can do."
There were six players from Montana State who worked out for NFL scouts today, Preston Gale, DeNarius McGhee, Tanner Bleskin, Jon Ellis, Sean Gords and Cody Kirk.
"All in all I felt like it was a good day," said Kirk. "I was within 10% to 5% of my best numbers. It was nice to be back here. It was nice to run and to wear my Bobcat clothes."
"It's amazing just getting back out there," said McGhee. "I threw well. The guy from the (San Diego) Chargers said I had a big arm. That's a great compliment and I wanted to prove that today."
Scouts from the Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks watched as these players ran through cone and skill drills outside. However, mother nature didn't help the players today, as the sun turned to snow and wind this afternoon. A slick surface held all the Bobcat athletes under a 4.6 forty-yard dash time.
Cody Kirk, who ran a 4.57 at the Griz's Pro Day ran a 4.68 today. Preston Gale ran the best time of any Bobcat, with a time of 4.64.
The snow really started to fall as the defensive players began their drills, making this already nerve-racking show a little tougher.
"It's kinda hard to see the ball," said Bethley. "Usually when you play you got the helmet and all that stuff on but now everything's on the line, so you still got to look as crisp as you can."
The most notable performances at Pro Day went to McGhee and Bethley.
McGhee ran a 4.67 in the 40 yard dash. At the NFL combine only four total quarterbacks ran faster times. He looked great in his throws while acting as the team's leader throughout drills today.
Steven Bethley blew everyone away in the 3 cone drill and hit 22 reps on the bench press, while running a 4.65 40 yard dash.
"I felt good in all my training," Bethley said. "I was confident in everything I did. I worked over my technique drills and the 3-cone and the shuttle a lot, so I felt good coming in and out."
"The most important thing for a quarterback is leadership and my attention to detail," McGhee said. "You always have to push the guys to be the best they can be and that's what I tried to come out and do today."
The NFL draft takes place May 8th through the 10th, so these student athletes must now wait three weeks to see if their names will be called.
"I'm just looking for a call on the last day," said Gale. "Just need the opportunity to make a team, just need a shot."
"It's just a waiting game," said Kirk. "You don't know what's gonna happen and you just kind of wait and see what happens. It's out of my hands, it's all up to God now."