03/07/2013 - 2013 Kent State Pro Day: The Kent State Field House was filled with an unparalleled number of professional scouts Wednesday, as 14 former Golden Flashes put their skills to the test on Pro Day. Some teams brought as many as three representatives, including assistant coaches. In all, 24 NFL teams and one CFL team made the trip to Kent. The biggest draw was from offensive lineman Brian Winters (Hudson, Ohio), who was particularly impressive with his lateral movement. The 21-year-old, 315-pounder completed the short shuttle in 4.7 seconds. His vertical jump was 31.5 inches and his broad jump was 8-11. - Kent State football
03/07/2013 - 2013 Kent State Pro Day: Offensive lineman Brian Winters of Hudson drew the largest turnout at a Kent State pro day Wednesday, with representatives of 24 NFL teams and one CFL team watching drills at the KSU Fieldhouse. Last year only five NFL teams were represented. Among the crowd were offensive line coaches from four teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. The Browns were also among those who sent scouts.
The attention was obviously flattering to Winters, only the third KSU player ever invited to the NFL Combine. "The combine opened my eyes, it was a big stage," Winters said. "When I walked up on the stage for the bench, there were a lot of people there. That woke me up for it. "There were a lot of offensive line coaches here, which is rare, I guess. It was awesome. I'm really blessed that they took time out of their day to come watch me. I'm really happy with that. I feel like I had a great day. It's a great honor."
At the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis, Winters stopped after nine reps in the bench press because of a pectoral strain. He did not lift Wednesday, saying he will wait perhaps a month at the advice of his agent Joel Segal and doctor. He said when he does bench press, the session will be taped for all interested teams. Asked about the combine disappointment, Winters said, "It was a letdown. I was really looking forward to it, especially coming from the school I came from. I was excited to turn heads and put up good numbers. I came here, it was the same crowd, I felt comfortable with all the guys on my team and had a good day." - Marla Ridenour, The Akron Beacon Journal
03/07/2013 - 2013 Kent State Pro Day: Winters, 6-3 1/2 and 315 pounds, was timed in the short shuttle in an unofficial 4.7 seconds, hit 31 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and 8-11 in the broad jump. "I feel it went well," Winters said. "At the combine I didn't get the results I wanted because I couldn't participate. It was just a little more motivation for me to work harder. I feel I prepared well and did well." Winters played left tackle for the Golden Flashes, but is projected as a guard in the NFL because of his short arms. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock lists him as the fifth-best guard prospect in the April 25-27 draft and Pro Football Weekly's "2013 Draft Guide" projects him as a second- or third-round pick. During position drills, Winters also worked at center. "I'm fine with that," he said. "It was new to me, obviously. But it felt comfortable and I felt good doing it. I could have a future in that, we'll see." - Marla Ridenour, The Akron Beacon Journal
03/07/2013 - 2013 Kent State Pro Day: Representatives from 16 NFL teams - including offensive line coaches from seven teams - gathered at Kent State's pro day on March 6, where 12 players worked out. The workout was held indoors, with the 40-yard dash run on a fast track and the drills executed on a standard indoor practice field. Brian Winters, G (6-foot-3 1/2, 315 pounds) - Winters ran the 40 in 5.29 and 5.18 seconds. He had a 4.75-second short shuttle and 7.57-second three-cone drill. He had a 27-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-5 broad jump. Winters was unable to lift on the bench press due to a strained pectoral muscle suffered at the NFL Scouting Combine. New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty conducted the workout that both Winters and Kline participated in. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 Kent State Pro Day: Four teams sent offensive line coaches, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, to see Winters in action. After the requisite drills concluded, Winters and Kline - who anchored the left side of the Flashes' line - were asked to submit to additional positional work. Winters, 21, completed the short shuttle in 4.7 seconds, while registering a 31.5-inch vertical jump and an 8-11 broad jump. The performance helped atone for the minor injury at the combine. "It was a letdown, I was really looking forward to it, especially coming from the school I (come) from," Winters said. "I was excited to turn heads and put up good numbers. But I came here, it was the same crowd (of scouts) and I felt comfortable with all the guys on my team and had a good day."
Winters was a tackle at Kent State, but most expect him to play guard in the NFL. Representatives from the Tennessee Titans will be on campus Friday for a private workout with Winters and Kline before they head to Columbus to scout the Buckeyes. On Wednesday, Winters even took some snaps at center. The attention paid to him was good for all 14 Flashes participants and the program at large. "When we come here we scout all the players," one NFL representative said. "He's the main draw, but you never know what else you might find." - Tom Reed, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
03/01/2013 - 2013 NFL PRO DAY DATES TO REMEMBER: March 6 - Mississippi State, Kent State...Kent State offensive lineman Brian Winters suffered a pectoral injury during his bench press at the combine and sat out the rest of the drills. However, he plans to perform every drill at his pro day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/22/2013 - Kent State offensive guard Brian Winters suffered a pec injury on Friday. Like USC center Khaled Holmes, Winters strained his pec, although its unclear how serious Winters' injury is. Winters had done nine reps on the bench before stopping due to the injury. Winters is rated as the fifth best offensive guard in CBSSports.com's draft rankings and is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round. - John Breech, CBSSports.com
01/06/2013 - Scouting the Kent State running game: Dri Archer and Trayion Durham, with a big boost from the offensive line, have carried the Flashes all season. The two have combined for 2,600 yards and 29 touchdowns. Archer, who stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 175 pounds, has provided the big plays and can strike from anywhere. Durham, who is listed at 6-foot and 250 pounds, pounds between the tackles and wears down the defense. Teams can't key on either one and quarterback Spencer Keith has enough mobility to be a threat. - The Sports Xchange
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Offensive Linemen - Brian Winters, Kent State, has been selected First Team All-Mid-American Conference for the 2012 college football season. Winters, a left tackle, anchors an offensive line that has only allowed three sacks in the last eight games. Kent State's offensive line has helped produce two 1,000-yard rushers as the Golden Flashes rank 11th in the nation in rushing offense. The Flashes nine All-MAC selections are the most since 1987. - Kent State football
11/30/2012 - Currently, the Golden Flashes hold the No. 17 ranking in the BCS standings, the highest in school history in any poll. The Huskies and Golden Flashes are among five FBS teams to have won 15 of their last 17 games overall, while the Golden Flashes carry a program-record 10-game winning streak and won 12 straight games against current MAC teams. Doeren called Kent State the best team NIU will face this year up to this point of the season. The Huskies lost 18-17 to Iowa in their season opener, and beaten Kansas and Army.
"I think 11-1 you have to say they are," he said. "I thought Toledo was really good. I thought Ball State was really good; but when you look at their body of work and the number of times they have won, you have to say they are. They have the best player we have played against all year I will tell you that. Dri Archer is electric and versatile and they give him the ball. He touched it 19 times on offense out of 58 plays I think in the Bowling Green game, which is a lot for a guy that isn't the quarterback. We got to make sure we know where he is and we got to be able to tackle him and leverage him. They also have Trayion Durham, who I think is a very strong downhill extra yardage back that does a nice job. Their offensive line does not get enough credit for what they do." - The Sports Xchange
11/29/2012 - This season has been a rare one for Kent State football. The Golden Flashes are playing Northern Illinois in Detroit on Friday in the Mid-American Conference championship game. Kent State hasn't won the MAC title since 1972. That year's squad, which included current Alabama coach Nick Saban in the secondary, was the most recent from the school to go to a bowl. Kent State also hasn't sent a player to the Senior Bowl since offensive lineman Bob Hallen came for the 1998 game. Like a lot of things around Kent State football, that's changing this season, too: The Senior Bowl confirmed today that Kent State left offensive tackle Brian Winters had accepted an invitation to play in the annual all-star game on Jan. 26.
Winters (6-foot-6, 294 pounds) has anchored the Golden Flashes' offense as they've run off an 11-1 record, including Kent State's first unbeaten season in conference play and a school-record 10-game winning streak that it will carry into the MAC title contest. Winters recently was named to the All-MAC first team for 2012 after spending two seasons as a second-team selection. He's a four-year starter for the Flashes. Winters has helped pave the way for one of the nation's top ground games. Kent State averages 241.5 rushing yards per game. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live
08/06/2012 - CBSSports.com 2012 Preseason All-MAC Team, Offensive Tackle: Brian Winters, Kent State - Winters was named to the MAC's second team following the 2011 season after making the third team as a sophomore. Given the trend there, it's only natural the 6-foot-6, 294-pound left tackle would move up to the first team as a senior. Also considered: There are plenty of strong bookends in the MAC, with Western Michigan's Terry Davisson and Dann O'Neill, the Central Michigan duo of Eric Fisher and Jake Olson, and Miami's Brad Bednar being just a few. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brian Winters, OT, Kent State, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Winters was named to the All-MAC Team in each of his last two seasons, including a second team selection in 2011. He has started in 36 consecutive games, since beginning his true freshman season in 2009. - Kent State football