Vince Mayle and Jordan Richards were on display for NFL scouts and executives last week during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala.
Mayle – a wide receiver from Inderkum High School, Sierra College and Washington State – and Richards, a safety from Folsom and Stanford, were measured, examined and weighed.
Mayle – measured at 6-foot-2, an inch shorter than what Washington State lists him – was lauded for his physique, work ethic and hands in practice. Mayle, projected to be picked in the third or fourth round of the April 30-May 2 draft, had two catches for 33 yards in the North’s 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday. Mayle had 106 receptions for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014.
Richards, 5-11 and 212 pounds and also projected to be picked in the third or fourth round, impressed coaches with his football instincts and effort. Richards was also one of 17 players honored last month by the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards in New York. He is pursuing a master’s degree in education.
Rios a finalist for award
UCLA redshirt sophomore cornerback Marcus Rios from Cosumnes Oaks is a finalist for the Uplifting Athlete Award, Rare Disease Champion. It’s an honor for college football players who have overcome rare illnesses and have demonstrated respect and class in school and in competition.
Rios has battled aspergillosis, a fungal infection that nearly killed him during his first year at UCLA. He returned to play in 12 games in 2014.
The award is named in honor of Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in 2009 while at Boston College and returned cancer-free in 2010 and later signed with the New York Giants.
Around the region
▪ Michael Bryson (Foothill) is averaging 13.1 points for UC Santa Barbara, which plays at UC Davis on Thursday. The junior guard had 23 points in a 68-49 win over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday and 25 points in an 80-73 loss to SMU last month. The Gauchos are coached by Bob Williams, now in his 17th season. Williams led UCD to a 31-2 record and the NCAA Division II championship in 1998, the last of his eight seasons with the Aggies.
▪ Mike Mounts – the area high school scoring champion in 1981, when he averaged 25.7 points for Davis – has died at 52 from throat cancer. Mounts, who later played at Pepperdine, made The Bee’s Top 100 all-time players list published in 2000.
▪ Michigan freshman forward D.J. Wilson (Capital Christian) has been slowed by a knee strain, limiting him to five games. The versatile 6-9 Wilson is the area’s first prospect to sign with Michigan.
▪ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have terminated the contract of quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo (Colfax) after one season. Arroyo went to Tampa Bay to work with his mentor, Jeff Tedford, who missed most of the 2014 season because of a heart problem and has since accepted the head-coaching gig with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.
▪ Nigel Burton, The Bee’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 out of Jesuit, is out as the football coach at Portland State after five seasons. He was 21-36, including a 3-9 showing in 2014. Burton, who will be paid for the one year remaining on his deal if he doesn’t coach this fall, plans to continue to coach.
▪ Jim Harbaugh’s return to college football brings back a memory that illustrates his competitiveness. During three Pac-10 Football media days, I always hustled over to watch who emerged first from the coaching bus as it pulled in. It was Harbaugh every time, chest puffed out, head held high. Said Harbaugh then when asked about the bus exit: “Compete to get off the bus, too, yes. Be first in everything you do.”
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