- Indianapolis Colts practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish calls the NFL Combine one of the most intense, memorable experiences of his football career. And he'd never want to go through it again. The mental strain easily tops the physical strain. The pressure is on everyone, but especially those players who aren't sure-thing picks. Harnish has special insight into what's going through the minds of Ball State's Keith Wenning and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch this week as they head to the Combine on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Like Harnish, both are products of the Mid-American Conference. Lynch is a good friend of Harnish, since they were Northern Illinois teammates. Wenning and Lynch have been training together in Indianapolis the last three weeks.
Harnish can tell them what lies ahead, and what they have to do to make inroads with the NFL scouts. "Going to the Combine in itself can be a very stressful thing, but when you go as a MAC quarterback, you're fighting uphill," Harnish said. "You've already played against lesser competition. With all due respect to the people in the MAC, it's not the same as competing in the Big Ten, the SEC or the Big 12. "You have to prove yourself extra in all you do," he said. "Throwing, interviews, testing - everything you do you have to stand out and you have to be different. I was just talking with Jordan Lynch and giving him every hint and secret that I learned." - Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel