Feb. 6, 2014
WACO, Texas -
A school-record six Baylor players have been invited to work out for NFL coaches and front office personnel at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Feb. 19-25 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the National Football League announced on Thursday.
The group is made up of four offensive players, TE Jordan Najvar, WR Tevin Reese, OG Cyril Richardson and RB Lache Seastrunk, and two defensive players, S Ahmad Dixon and CB Demetri Goodson.
BU's six invitees are the most of any Big 12 school and are tied for the sixth-most in the country.
The players' invitations will allow Baylor to have multiple players attending the combine for a sixth consecutive season. In head coach Art Briles' six years in Waco, a total of 18 Baylor players have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. The previous high mark for invitees in the Briles era was four in 2012.
The combine is a chance for executives, coaches, player personnel staff and medical personnel from all 32 teams to evaluate the nation's top collegiate football players eligible for the upcoming draft. The six-day job interview involves a series of tests, drills and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel.
The group of six invitees helped Baylor to the greatest season in school history. The Bears won the most games in program history (11), clinched their first Big 12 championship and earned the program's first BCS bowl berth. BU finished the season 11-2 and 8-1 in Big 12 play, tied for the most wins in league play ever.
Dixon, a Waco product, was a three-year starter and the vocal leader for Baylor's defense. He earned All-American status from five different publications in 2013, while racking up unanimous All-Big 12 first team honors. In his career, he made 288 tackles, had 12 breakups and four interceptions. Dixon was also invited to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl. He started 38 (26 at hybrid LB/DB, 12 at safety) of 50 career games played and was also a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2012 and 2011.
Goodson, a Spring, Texas, native, played three seasons of football at Baylor, after transferring in from Gonzaga where he spent two years as the starting point guard for the Bulldog basketball team. He played in only four games in 2011 and 2012 due to injury, but blossomed in 11 games of action in 2013. Goodson was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection in his senior season, after registering 26 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in general studies.
Najvar, a three-year All-Big 12 selection and starter at tight end played in 38 games for Baylor with 19 starts. He was a member of the 2013 offensive line that helped block for a BU offense that the led nation in total yards (618.8 ypg) and scoring (52.4 ppg). He caught 35 passes for 411 yards and four TDs in three years of action and was a two-time Mackey Award watch list member. The Spring, Texas, product, graduated in May of 2013 with a degree in distribution management technology.
Reese, a Temple, Texas, native, was a four-year starter and a three-time All-Big 12 honoree. He wrapped up his Baylor career with 187 catches for 3,102 yards and 24 touchdowns. All three of those marks are third-most in school history. In 2013, he finished second in the nation in receiving yards per catch with 22.8, despite missing four games with injury. Twenty-one of Reese's 24 touchdown catches went for 40 or more yards, which was a BCS-era record. He was a two-time Biletnikoff watch list member and a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award.
Richardson was a two-time All-American offensive lineman and a three-year starter at Baylor. He became the Big 12's only player to win the Offensive Lineman of the Year award twice. In his senior season, Richardson won the Jim Parker Award as the nation's best offensive lineman, was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and earned unanimous All-America honors. He also played for the north squad in the 2014 Senior Bowl. He was a key blocker as the Bears led the nation in scoring (52.4) and total offense (618.8). Richardson also tallied a team-leading 89 knockdowns on the year. He started 42 (29 at left guard, 13 at left tackle) of 51 career games played. The Fort Worth, Texas, native, earned second-team All-America honors as a junior in 2012. He graduated in December of 2013 with a degree in general studies.
Seastrunk decided to go forgo his final season of eligibility, after racking up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2012 and 2013. The Temple, Texas, product, ended his Baylor career with 2,189 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns and 91.2 yards per game. In 2013, Seastrunk posted 1,177 yards and 11 scores in 11 games. He was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, the Doak Walker Award and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. Seastrunk was a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, after leading the Big 12 with 107.0 rushing yards per game. He garnered Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors in 2012, after running for 1,012 yards and seven TDs. Seastrunk was also named the 2012 Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP.
Fans can follow events at the NFL Combine live on the NFL Network as well as on NFL.com.
BAYLOR AT NFL COMBINE (2009-2014)
2014: S Ahmad Dixon, CB Demetri Goodson, TE Jordan Najvar, WR Tevin Reese, OG Cyril Richardson, RB Lache Seastrunk
2013: WR Lanear Sampson, WR Terrance Williams
2012: OL Philip Blake, RB Terrance Ganaway, QB Robert Griffin III, WR Kendall Wright
2011: DL Phil Taylor, OL Danny Watkins
2010: WR David Gettis, OL J.D. Walton
2009: OL Dan Gay, OL Jason Smith
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