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Stellar workout from SJSU safety Ihenacho wows scouts

Stellar workout from SJSU safety Ihenacho wows scouts

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
San Jose State safety Duke Ihenacho posted solid numbers at the 2012 Scouting Combine but he and those close to him knew he could do better. The three-time All-WAC Ihenacho certainly did that Wednesday at his Pro Day, putting up numbers to rival any safety tested in Indianapolis this year.

Ihenacho was clocked at 4.51 and 4.52in the 40-yard dash Wednesday, downsignificantly from the 4.68that was given as his "official" time fromthe Combine and within one-hundredth of the timeSouth Carolina State safetyChristian Thompsonwas credited with as the position leader in 2012.

Ihenacho also showed great improvement in the vertical jump,going from a solid 35" effort in Indianapolis to a 39.5" vault that would have ledall safeties at the Combine. He also added an inch to his Combine broad jump of 10'2" Wednesday.

Ihenacho's workout numbers are impressive -- but unlike some ofthe other workout warriors that occasionally popup inon campus Pro Day workouts, Ihenacho has proven his ability on the field, as well. Ihenacho first earned All-WAC honors as a sophomore linebacker. He earnedthe accoladesin 2009 and 2011, as well, as asafety. In between Ihenacho missedvirtuallyall of the2010 season with a broken left foot.

The 6-0, 213 pound Ihenacho left SanJose Statewith a reputation as a big hitter and a playmaker. With limited help around him, Ihenacho helped cause 13 turnovers (seven interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) over his career and is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 strong safety for the 2012draft.

Considering his production and workout, frankly, that's probably too low.
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