Six Independence Bowl Alumni Participate in NFL Scouting Combine
SHREVEPORT, La. (March 8, 2022) – Over 300 of the top NFL Draft prospects hit the field in Indianapolis, Ind. from March 3-6 for the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, and six of those prospects were former Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl participants.
The six Independence Bowl alumni invited to the 2022 NFL Combine were running back Tyler Allgeier (BYU, 2021), safety Bubba Bolden (Miami, 2019), edge rusher Arnold Ebiketie (Temple, 2018), defensive lineman Jonathan Ford (Miami, 2019), linebacker Isaiah Graham-Mobley (Temple, 2018) and edge rusher Alex Wright (UAB, 2021). Miami and Temple led former Independence Bowl teams with two participants apiece. Ebiketie and Graham-Mobley, the two Temple representatives, transferred to Penn State and Boston College following playing in the Independence Bowl for the Owls, however.
Three of the six players participated in the week’s staple event – the 40-yard dash. Bolden led the pack with a time of 4.47 seconds, while Allgeier and Graham-Mobley trailed behind at 4.60 and 4.63 seconds, respectively. Two players from the group participated in the bench press, as Ebiketie and Wright racked up 21 and 15 repetitions each.
The Independence Bowl alumni posted impressive numbers collectively in the vertical jump. Ebiketie led the way and finished tied for 21st among all participants with a 38-inch vertical. Graham-Mobley and Allgeier also cleared the 30-inch mark, jumping 34.5 and 33 inches apiece. Three former Independence Bowl players jumped over 10 feet in the broad jump. Ebiketie led the pack with a 10’8″ jump, while Graham-Mobley and Allgeier posted 10’4″ and 10’0″.
Various collegiate pro days will be the next step in the draft process, as prospects from all throughout the country will display their talents on their respective campuses. The 2022 NFL Draft will kick off with the first round on Thursday, April 28 – with rounds two through seven taking place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.
ABOUT THE RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES INDEPENDENCE BOWL™:
Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is the nation’s 11th-oldest bowl game. The UAB Blazers defeated the No. 13 BYU Cougars 31-28 in the 45th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The Independence Bowl Foundation announced a one-year extension with Radiance Technologies – ensuring they will be the title sponsor through 2025. The bowl’s conference and team agreements, as well as the television agreement, also run through the 2025 season. Army West Point and BYU are slated to matchup against a rotation of the Pac-12 Conference, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA, which will be televised on an ESPN network.
The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. For more information, visit RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.
Independence Bowl Foundation
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