Pro Days: TCU's Maponga and Boyce dealing with foot injuries
With 28 teams in attendance at the Horned Frogs pro day on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, wide receiver Josh Boyce was forced to watch from the sidelines, but pass rusher Stansly Maponga was able to work out.
TCU’s top two NFL prospects this year are hopeful they’ll hear their names called in the top-100 picks, but both wide receiver Josh Boyce and defensive end Stansly Maponga are dealing with foot injuries that could affect their draft stock.
With 28 teams in attendance at the Horned Frogs pro day on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas, Boyce was forced to watch from the sidelines, but Maponga was able to work out. Dozens of scouts and NFL representatives were in attendance, including several positional coaches like the Eagles’ wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell and the Steelers’ linebacker coach Keith Butler.
Maponga was held out of combine drills in Indianapolis due to the foot injury, but decided to run on Thursday, performing well in the 40-yard dash (4.84, 4.85), short shuttle (4.37) and three-cone drill (7.38). He decided to stand on his bench press number from the combine (30 reps).
Maponga revealed Thursday that he will “probably” need surgery soon due to a stress fracture in his left foot, the reason he wasn’t able to work out in Indianapolis. He plans to get a second opinion and added that he had the same procedure done two years ago on his right foot.
Boyce had surgery Tuesday and was on crutches. As Rob Rang reported Wednesday night, Boyce has a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, an injury he sustained during combine drills, which makes his performance in Indianapolis even more impressive. At the combine he was among the position leaders in the 40-yard dash (4.38), three-cone drill (6.68), long shuttle (11.26), bench press (22 reps) and broad jump (10-feet-11-inches).
Boyce is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks as he rehabs his foot.
Other results from TCU’s pro day on Thursday:
-- Running back Matthew Tucker matched his 40-yard dash time from the combine with a 4.55 on Thursday. He stood on his bench press (17 reps), vertical jump (35-5) and broad jump (9-10-) numbers from Indianapolis, but he did run the short shuttle (4.44) and three-cone drill (7.14) for scouts on campus.
-- Offensive guard Blaize Foltz didn’t receive a combine invite so he performed several drills at Thursday’s pro day. He did the 40-yard dash (5.33, 5.38), short shuttle (4.83), three-cone drill (7.56), vertical jump (25-5) and the 225-pound bench press (33 reps).
-- Wide receiver Skye Dawson doesn’t look like much (5-foot-9, 162), but he showed off his speed at TCU’s pro day, recording his 40-yard dash times at 4.39 and 4.40. He caught passes from former TCU and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
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