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Former Hurricanes get tryouts for NFL scouts at UM’s Pro Day

UM center Shane McDermott, who didn’t get an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, can impress scouts with a good showing at UM’s Pro Day.
UM center Shane McDermott, who didn’t get an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, can impress scouts with a good showing at UM’s Pro Day. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Former University of Miami center Shane McDermott never got invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Wednesday is his day.

“Obviously, it’s a very crucial day in my career,” said McDermott, 23, of Pro Day, when dozens of NFL coaches and scouts will gather on UM’s Greentree Field to watch former Hurricanes run the 40-yard dash and perform individual drills after their physical testing is done inside. “I’ve been working these past three months for this day.

“It’s a special moment because it will be the last time I ever play or perform on Greentree related to [UM]. For me this is the last part of college.”

McDermott will be joined by more than a dozen former UM players — high profile and otherwise. Some will choose not to participate in certain drills or lifting if, for example, they feel they did well enough at the combine. Others will do it all.

Pro Day is closed to the public.

“Those guys have been working their tails off, putting a lot of time in, making a lot of sacrifices and I know that they’ll knock it out on Wednesday,” UM coach Al Golden said. “A great group of guys, and I think they’re making things happen. They’re doing a lot of things together.

“A lot of the other guys that are already in the NFL are helping them through that process. I sense a calmness. I sense a confidence, and I really think they’re going to do well.”

Said McDermott: “Of course you have butterflies, but I’m confident in what I’ve been doing these past couple months, and I’m more ready than ever.”

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