Trainer: Daniels will 'do everything' at USF pro day
Three and a half months after his senior year abruptly ended with a broken ankle, former USF quarterback B.J. Daniels has made considerable progress and will participate fully in the Bulls' pro day for scouts in 12 days, his trainer said Friday.
"He's coming along good -- he's really healthy now. He's training full speed and looking forward to pro day," said Pete Bommarito, who has been working closely with Daniels -- as well as teammates Sam Barrington, Kayvon Webster and George Baker -- at Bommarito Performance Systems in the Miami area since January 1.
Barrington and Webster are now at the NFL combine workouts in Indianapolis -- as is Bommarito -- and they'll have an opportunity to improve their draft stock in the next few days. Defensive tackle Cory Grissom was also invited to the combine, giving USF three draft hopefuls in Indy.
Daniels, who did not return messages seeking comment, broke his left ankle late in USF's Nov. 3 win against Connecticut, ending a four-year run as starting quarterback three games early. He finished his career with 10,501 yards of total offense -- third all-time in the Big East -- with 52 passing touchdowns against 39 interceptions. He also rushed for a school-record 25 touchdowns.
Bommarito said Daniels wants to play quarterback as a pro, but is preparing for pro day on March 6 with the understanding that scouts might also want to see him working at other positions.
"He's going to throw it down and do everything," Bommarito said. "I told him to be ready for everything and anything. We expect to throw, to run, to do the agility stuff, work out as a running back, wide receiver, special teams, punter, you name it. ... I know he wants to be a quarterback, but at the same time, he's got the perfect answer: I'm going to do what's required to play in the league. That's the right attitude to have."
Webster's big day in Indianapolis is Tuesday, when he'll be timed in the 40-yard dash, perhaps his best opportunity to turn heads with an impressive number. Bommarito has run mock combines with his players and said a strong showing at the combine will make scouts go back to watch their game footage.
"We expect (Webster) to test well. He's a great athlete," Bommarito said. "And Sam will pick up where he left off with a great all-star game. He's a big, big strong kid, and he'll interview well. ... They're both solid, draftable players. They're trying to improve their stock. Some people have Kayvon on the border of a draftable/nondraftable player, so he wants to solidify his status as a draftable player. Sam's the same kind of thing. When you put the tape on, they like what they see."