NFL Combine Up Next For Emil Igwenagu

Emil Igwenagu is listed as the 2nd-highest rated fullback in the draft and predicted to go in the 5th or 6th rounds.

Emil Igwenagu is listed as the 2nd-highest rated fullback in the draft and predicted to go in the 5th or 6th rounds.

Feb. 20, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - After playing in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, UMass' Emil Igwenagu will take part in the NFL Combine this week beginning Wednesday and ending Saturday. Fans can watch all the workouts live on the NFL Network or on with Igwenagu and other tightends having their position workouts scheduled for Saturday.

Known as one of the most intense processes in transitioning from college football to the professional ranks, the NFL Combine includes not just workouts, but also a series of interviews, psychological tests, medical exams and other orientation events to test potential NFL players.

The bulk of the NFL Combine will begin on Wednesday for Igwenagu as tight ends, offensive linemen, place kickers and special teams players are schedule to arrive in Indianapolis.

Other position groups will arrive each subsequent day with defensive backs arriving last on Saturday with their workouts finishing next Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The last Minuteman to attend the combine was Vladimir Ducasse who was then drafted in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft by the New York Jets in 2010.

Igwenagu is currently the second-rated fullback available in the 2012 NFL Draft according to and is projected to be a 5th-to-6th round pick.

The native of Boyleston, Mass., had an outstanding senior campaign in 2011 where he earned Colonial Athletic Association First-Team All-Conference pick and served as the Minutemen's co-captain for the second consecutive year. The halfback/tight end combo hauled in a career-high 38 receptions for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown for the year.



At Old Dominion, Igwenagu led a huge UMass comeback effort with a career-high 10 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a four-catch, 99-yard performance against Central Connecticut.

In the classroom, Igwenagu was equally impressive earning the UMass Male Fall Scholar-Athlete Award as a kinesiology major.

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