BC's Momah working to stand out for NFL scouts

BC's Momah working to stand out for NFL scouts
March 22, 2012, 3:16 pm
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Ifeanyi Momah is a striking specimen.

There weren't many people at Boston College Pro Day who didn't have a craned neck when speaking with the 6-6 Eagles receiver.

Momah should be pleased with the distinction; there was little else on Wednesday to remember him for.

A torn ACL in BC's 2011 opener left him sidelined for the season. The Eagles were playing Northwestern and Momah was having a field day: eight catches for a career-best 157 yards. The injury grounded him violently.

Momah, a fifth-year senior, had also sat out the 2009 season because of a bad knee. BC's application to the NCAA last year for another waiver and a sixth year of eligibility was denied. There simply wasn't enough medical documentation supporting his junior year redshirt.

Suddenly, it was NFL or nothing.

"I think early on it was kind of a mind-game because I wanted to make sure I was prepared for the worst," Momah said Wednesday. "I had a lot of good support groups -- my family, my friends, teammates -- and they all prepared me for this outcome.

"Throughout the whole process I was telling myself, if I don't get it, I just want to make sure I'm prepared and rehab as hard as I can, so when the time comes to go into the NFL I can show them what I can do."

Pro Day provided only a chance to weigh in and showcase his doorway-ducking height. No 40-yard dash, no receiver drills. Momah, as he has too often in his football career, was forced to watch and wait.

The longing reads plainly on his face.

"Right now I still have a little swelling in my left knee, so I'm going to do a little PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy to try and get the swelling out of there," he explained. "Dr. Andrews said a month from now would be probably the latest he sees me being able to try out for a team. I'm kind of excited about that, I'm just ready to get out there. Especially just sitting here watching -- it's kind of hard."

Dr. Andrews, of course, is James Andrews -- top orthopedic and sports medicine provider for athletes like Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning. A positive prognosis from Dr. Andrews' inspires confidence; Momah has a workout scheduled in April.

If teams show up, they show up, the receiver says.

His combination of hope and reality is a charming. Though he's only been able to offer his personality to the pros, you feel when talking to Momah that he at least has that working in his favor.

Like his candor about being a "medical case."

"I tell scouts the truth. I let them know the truth because I don't want to tell them a lie and have to go out there not 100-percent. I let them know every appointment that I have. I keep them updated on all this stuff."

And his attitude toward the NCAA's refusal to buy him more time.

"They gave me a reason and it's fair. I'm not bitter at all. I'm just trying to move on to the next chapter."

Momah just wants to get back to football. He wants to restore function to his impressive form.

"I know I haven't been able to show too much what I can do, but I have good speed. I have good height, can stretch the field and create mismatches. And that's what I'm going to build on to separate myself from the rest."

He knows it'll take much more than height to stand out in the NFL.