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Four Longhorns Invited to 2014 NFL Scouting Combine

Davis, Fera, Jeffcoat (pictured) and Whaley to attend four-day evaluation event later this month in Indianapolis
Davis, Fera, Jeffcoat (pictured) and Whaley to attend four-day evaluation event later this month in Indianapolis
Four Texas Longhorns are scheduled to attend the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, according to the official invite list. Wide receiver Mike Davis, place-kicker/punter Anthony Fera, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat and defensive tackle Chris Whaley will take part in the NFL evaluation event from Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis.

Executives, coaches, player personnel staffs and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate more than 300 individuals who are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10).

Davis was one of the most productive wide receivers in UT history. The 2013 All-Big 12 player ended his career fourth on the Texas all-time receptions list (200), fourth in receiving yards (2,753) and fifth in receiving TDs (18). He is one of only three players in school history with at least 200 receptions and more than 2,700 receiving yards (also Jordan Shipley and Roy Williams).

Fera was one of the top special teams player in the nation during 2013. He rebounded from an injury-plagued 2012 season to become a consensus All-American and a finalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award, honoring the nation’s top place-kicker. Fera connected on 20 of 22 field-goal attempts (90.9 percent) in 2013. His accuracy ranks second on the UT all-time single-season list and was seventh nationally (minimum 20 attempts). Fera also averaged 40.7 yards per punt in 2013 with just three touchbacks.

Jeffcoat was another UT consensus All-American, in addition to capturing the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. During 2013, he led the team in tackles (86), TFLs (22), sacks (13.0) and QB pressures (19), and tied for first in fumbles recovered (3). He was the only FBS lineman to lead his team in tackles and ranked tied for third nationally in sacks (1.0 per game).

A former running back, Whaley was a key cog in the middle of the defensive line the last two seasons. He was a 2013 honorable mention All-Big 12 choice despite missing the last four games with a knee injury.  Whaley was one of three Big 12 players in 2013 (also Kip Daily, Kansas State; Gabe Lynn, Oklahoma) to score a touchdown via interception (31 yards vs. Oklahoma) and fumble (40 yards vs. Kansas). He is the only defensive lineman in UT history to have two defensive TDs in the same season.

NFL Combine workout schedule:

• Saturday, Feb. 22: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
• Sunday, Feb. 23: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
• Monday, Feb. 24: Defensive linemen, linebackers
• Tuesday, Feb. 25: Defensive backs

NFL Network and will provide coverage.

Former Texas players Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro attended the 2013 NFL Combine, with each being selected in last year’s draft.


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