Many NFL scouts on hand for BC Pro Day

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Many NFL scouts on hand for BC Pro Day

BOSTON, MA -- Wednesday was a beautiful afternoon for Pro Day at Boston College. Too bad the event was held inside a bubble at Alumni Field. But considering how much the players can't control when it comes to the 2012 NFL Draft, they probably appreciated not having to worry about sun and wind.

32 players from nine different teams worked out from 11 AM - 2 PM, running the 40-yard dash, completing a three-cone drill, and performing positional drills. BC Eagles were joined by players from UMass, Harvard, Holy Cross, Merrimack, Endicott, Salve Regina, Delaware, and Dartmouth.

Confused by those last few? NFL rules state that, for BC's Pro Day, non-member invitees can either go to school in Massachusetts or hold residence in the state. They just needed recommendation by an NFL scout or coach.

And there were plenty of those.

BC officials noted 34 scouts from 27 pro teams on hand. Representing the Patriots were offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, assistant director of college scouting Brian Smith, and Mick Lombardi. Scarnecchia grabbed the reigns for the linemen drills. It's worth noting he took an extra second to shake hands and speak with former Eagle O-liner Mark Spinney before barking orders to the rest.

Here's the complete list of attendees:

Boston College: LB Luke Kuechly, TE Lars Anderson, DB Donnie Fletcher, DE Max Holloway, WR Ifeanyi Momah, P Ryan Quigley, COL Mark Spinney, FBLB Dan Williams

UMass: WR Tom Gilson, TB Jon Hernandez, LB Tyler HOlmes, TETBHB Emil Igwenagu, OL John Samuda, WR Julian Talley, LS Travis Tripucka, OLBS Shane Viveiros

Dartmouth: RB Nick Schweiger

Delaware: OL Shea Allard

Endicott: TELS Taylor Allen, DE Kevin Eagan

Harvard: LB Alex Gedeon, OL Kevin Murphy, DELB Josue Ortiz-Santana, QB Collier Winters

Holy Cross: DB Chandler Fenner, OL Mike McCabe, LB Ricky Otis, QB Ryan Taggert

Merrimack: LBDL Tony Johnson, LB Shawn Loiseau, QB James Suozzo

Salve Regina: LT Andrew McNeice

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.

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But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."