Ex-FSU WR Greg Dent hoping for NFL shot at combine
In the summer of 2013, Greg Dent was preparing for his senior year at Florida State, competing for a starting role as a receiver on what would be a national championship team for the Seminoles.
He was charged with felony sexual assault, suspended from school and the football team, though a jury trial in March 2014 found him only guilty of misdemeanor battery and not the more serious charge. A missed court date before that trial resulted in him being in jail for two months, but he was sentenced to only time served and six months of probation.
After two years away from football, Dent resurfaced last fall at Division II Valdosta State, and this weekend, he'll be participating at the first NFL regional combine of the season in Houston, hoping to get himself on the NFL radar for a shot at a training camp this summer.
"I had a lot of time to sit and think about what could have happened in my life. I had to change my life around," Dent said by phone Friday. "Once the charges were over with, I wanted to make myself a better person. I've learned from that situation and I'm ready to move on."
Dent, 25, had played well at Florida State, with 40 catches for 603 yards and four touchdowns in his three years with the Seminoles. Given a second chance with Valdosta, he led the team with 60 catches for 863 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, while also handling punt and kickoff returns.
"I've definitely tried to keep my nose clean and just show them what I can do," said Dent, who is one semester short of graduating but is not attending classes this spring.
Dent, 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds, has been training in Miami for the past six weeks with former NFL receiver Chris Chambers, and he'll have a chance to prove himself not only at Valdosta's pro day next month, but also at FSU's, with his old school allowing him to work out with his former teammates in March. The training has helped him with his all-important 40-yard time -- he's hoping to run in the 4.4s -- but also in his fundamentals as a receiver, working closely with Chambers.
"We work on technique every day," he said. "I should be good for this weekend."