BIRMINGHAM – Former UAB running back DeWayne McBride was a busy man during Wednesday’s Pro Day at Legacy Pavilion. Unfortunately, most of what he did was talk with the assembled professional football scouts.

The hamstring injury that kept him out of testing and drills at the NFL Combine was not healed enough for him to participate in most things on Saturday in front of 60 scouts from NFL and Canadian Football League teams. All 32 NFL organizations were represented with many sending more than just local scouts.

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McBride, who was the NCAA leader in rushing yards per game in the 2022 season, was unable to participate in most drills. He did participate in the bench press, where he completed 20 reps of 225 pounds.

“I definitely was supposed to go higher,” said McBride, who measured a 5-foot-10.04 and 215 pounds.  “I definitely got 25 or higher (in me). I’m straight, though, because 20 is good.”

McBride started training at XPE Sports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the beginning of the year. He was working toward getting ready for the NFL Combine with a full daily routine. He said the injury occurred just before the combine, which took place in early March. He said the hamstring injury happened when he was working on taking off quickly in the 40-yard dash.

“It was most definitely frustrating but you got to take it a day at a time and try to get better,” McBride said. “I need to be as healthy as I can when the time comes.”

When it came time for the NFL Combine, McBride made the rounds for interviews with the teams.

“It wasn’t overwhelming,” McBride said. “I was soaking it in because that’s all I could do. I was just trying to do all the interviews and take advantage of them. I had fun with them basically.”

McBride said he expected to be healthy enough to run by Wednesday’s UAB Pro Day but wasn’t quite ready. He estimates he’s 90 percent healthy. He said the plan is for a private pro day in April, probably at UAB. He said his objective is to show off his speed and show scouts his ability to catch the football.

He smiled when asked what his expected time in the 40-yard dash is for the workout and said he had a number but would rather show than tell. He was also asked if he does have the ability to catch the football, which he didn’t do much in three seasons at UAB.

“Come on, now, I can catch, it just wasn’t in the offense,” McBride said with a laugh.

Overall, UAB had 17 players off last year’s team participate on Wednesday, as well as running back Lucious Stanley, who played his final season at Miami. Cornerbacks Starling Thomas V and Devodric Bynum stood out. Both had a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and an official 40-yard time in the 4.3s.

Thomas’ best 40-yard dash was timed as low at 4.24 but a scout but his official time was 4.30. He also performed well in the drills.

 “I feel like it was a great day, honestly,” Thomas said. “I just showed I could run, showed I could jump and showed I could catch the ball. They always say DBs are not able to catch (or) they’d be receivers. I was able to show I could catchs with all hands and just play football, really.”

Bynum turned heads with his 40 time, which was officially 4.34, but felt like he could have gone quicker.

“I feel like I had a good day,” Bynum said. “I still felt like a left something on the table in my 40.”

Offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort had a solid day, which should help his draft stock, and offensive guard Matthew Trehern also performed well. Trehern had a UAB Pro Day best 25 bench press reps.

Here are the official numbers:

S Will Boler:

Height, Weight: 5-11.3, 207

Vertical: 36.5

Bench: 9

Broad Jump: 10’4’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.62

3-Cone Drill: 7.22

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.49

CB Devodric Bynum:

Height, Weight: 5-10.01, 183

Vertical: 37.5

Bench: 15

Broad Jump: 10’1’’

40-Yard Dash: 34

3-Cone Drill: 7.13

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.40

S Grayson Cash:

Height, Weight: 5-11.6, 196

Vertical: 28.5

Bench: 15

Broad Jump: 10’1’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.52

3-Cone Drill: 7.20

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.32

CB CD Daniels:

Height, Weight: 6-1.1, 177

Vertical: 25.0

Bench: 4

Broad Jump: 9’2’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.83

3-Cone Drill: 7.24

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.44

LB Reynard Ellis:

Height, Weight: 5-11.4, 243

Vertical: 31.5

Bench: 22

Broad Jump: 9’4’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.78

3-Cone Drill: 7.30

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.40

DT Isaiah Forte:

Height, Weight: 6-1.5, 280

Vertical: 22.0

Bench: 17

Broad Jump: 8’1’’

40-Yard Dash: 5.28

3-Cone Drill: 8.30

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.98

LB Kyle Harrell:

Height, Weight: 6-0.2, 223

Vertical: 37.5

Bench: 16

Broad Jump: 10’10’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.57

3-Cone Drill: 7.21

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.31

LB Kelle Sanders:

Height, Weight: 6-4.4, 246

Vertical: 29.5

Bench: 18

Broad Jump: 9’6’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.83

3-Cone Drill: 7.84

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.60

WR Trea Shropshire:

Height, Weight: 6-2.2, 192

Vertical: 30.0

Bench: 7

Broad Jump: 10’2’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.59

3-Cone Drill: 7.20

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.50

LB Tyler Taylor:

Height, Weight: 6-1.2, 233

Vertical: 31.0

Bench: 13

Broad Jump: 10’2’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.75

3-Cone Drill: 7.30

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.48

OL Kadeem Telfort:

Height, Weight: 6-7.4, 322

Vertical: 24.5

Bench: 19

Broad Jump: 8’0’’

40-Yard Dash: 5.39

3-Cone Drill: 8.65

5-10-5 Shuttle: 5.10

CB Starling Thomas V:

Height, Weight: 5-10.01, 190

Vertical: 37.5


Broad Jump: 10’5’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.30

3-Cone Drill: 7.21

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.36

OL Matthew Trehern:

Height, Weight: 6-3, 314

Vertical: 26.0

Bench: 25

Broad Jump: 8’9’’

40-Yard Dash: 5.05

3-Cone Drill: 7.58

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.77

OL Sidney Wells:

Height, Weight: 6-4.1, 323

Vertical: 19.0

Bench: 8

Broad Jump: 7’4’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.86

3-Cone Drill: 8.59

5-10-5 Shuttle: 5.21

LB Noah Wilder:

Height, Weight: 5-11.6, 230

Vertical: 32.5

Bench: 20

Broad Jump: 9’7’’

40-Yard Dash: 4.79

3-Cone Drill: 7.20

5-10-5 Shuttle: 4.37

RB DeWayne McBride

Height, Weight: 5-10.04, 215

Bench: 20

Kyle Greenwell – Only Punted

Height, Weight: 6-5.05, 195

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