Wednesday, February 24, 2010

CAA Players at the Combine

Four former CAA Football standouts, including James Madison’s Dorian Brooks and Arthur Moats, Massachusetts’ Vladimir Ducasse and William and Mary’s Adrian Tracy, will represent the league in this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Television coverage, including workouts and behind-the-scenes footage from Lucas Oil Stadium, can be seen throughout the week and weekend on the NFL Network and NFL Network HD.

Brooks and Ducasse, who will be among 47 total offensive linemen at the Combine, begin their four-day schedule Wednesday, Feb. 24, and continue through Saturday, Feb. 27. Moats and Tracy, who will be part of the 66 defensive end invites at the Combine, start their four-day schedule Friday, Feb. 26, and end it Monday, March 1.

Brooks, who will wear “OL04” on his workout gear, and Ducasse, who will wear “OL15” on his workout gear, will take part in hospital pre-exam and x-rays Wednesday as well as an orientation session and several interviews with NFL team personnel. Moats, who will wear “DL35” on his workout gear, and Tracy, who will wear “DL55” on his workout gear, will have their hospital pre-exams and other similar first-day orientation Friday.

Players’ second and third-day schedules (Thursday-Friday for Brooks and Ducasse, Saturday-Sunday for Moats and Tracy) will include measurements, more medical examinations, media sessions, psychological testing, NFL Players Association meetings and more interviews with NFL team personnel.

Brooks, Ducasse and all of Group 1 (offensive linemen) will get on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday to take part in timing, workout stations and other skill drills, while Moats, Tracy and all of Group 8 (defensive linemen) will have their workout day Monday.

Brooks, a Richmond, Va., native was a two-time All-CAA Football honoree in his James Madison career including a First Team selection in 2009. The 6-3, 300-pound guard also earned Third Team All-America honors in 2009 from both The Sports Network and Associated Press. The senior was a leader for the Dukes offensive unit which ranked second in the league by averaging better than 180 rushing yards per contest. James Madison’s offensive line, anchored by Brooks at the guard position, surrendered just 18 sacks in 11 games in 2009 which was tied for the second-fewest among CAA Football squads.

Ducasse, a 6-5, 330-pound left tackle for the Minutemen, was a First Team Associated Press All-American and a First Team All-CAA Football selection in 2009. The Stamford, Conn., native was part of a UMass offensive unit which finished second in total offense (377.64 ypg), fourth in passing offense (229.18) and fifth in rushing offense (148.45 ypg) in CAA Football this year. In 35 career starts, Ducasse helped pave the way for a 100-yard rusher in 23 games.

Moats, the league’s 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and only its second Buck Buchanan National Defensive Player of the Year winner, was among the league leaders in sacks, tackles for loss and defensive linemen tackles at the end of the 2009 season. The Portsmouth, Va., native made 90 tackles in 11 games this season for a mark of 8.2 per game. His 2.14 tackles for loss per game not only led the league, but also ranked as the best mark in the nation.

Tracy, another of CAA Football’s most dominant defensive ends in 2009, was a Buchanan Award candidate and a First Team All-CAA Football honoree in 2009. Recognized as an All-American by five different publications in 2009, Tracy ranked seventh nationally with 1.57 tackles for loss per game and 15th at 0.79 sacks per game. With 12 sacks, he equaled the single-season school record established by Luke Cullinane in 1996. Additionally, Tracy ranked sixth in the conference in tackles among defensive linemen with 5.6 per game.




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