POUGHKEEPSIE – The Marist football program held its first Pro Day in program history on Thursday. The event took place at the Hudson Valley Sportsdome in nearby Milton.
Seven former Marist football players were tested in a variety of areas, which included running, jumping, agility and on-field drills, as well as measurements and testing. The former Red Foxes who participated were Terrence Fede, Michael Rios, Jaquan Bryant, Chuckie Looney, Phede Celestin, Peter Evans and Rocco Manfre.
“For our program, it’s such a great thing to have so many guys looked at to play at the next level,” Head Coach Jim Parady said. “I think it’s something we’ll be able to use for the promotion of the program, and it’s always great to see them get recognized for all the hard work that they’ve done.”
Fede is considered Marist’s top prospect, and has a chance to be the Red Fox to be selected in the NFL Draft in program history. His numbers on Thursday were equal to or better than the solid performances he turned in recently at the University at Buffalo’s Pro Day.
“It was great for him to get another set of numbers for the scouts to see,” Parady said.
In the spring of 2013, Rios became the first Red Fox to sign an NFL contract when he inked a rookie free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent approximately three months with the organization, and participated in mini-camps. On Thursday, he was adept at the 40-yard dash as he hopes for another shot in the NFL.
Bryant, who starred as a cornerback and kick returner at Marist from 2008-11, is in camp with the Trenton Freedom of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). He has also played for the Indoor Football League’s Wyoming Cavalry (IFL), and has gone to camp with the PIFL’s Richmond Raiders. In the spring of 2012, he participated in Oakland Raiders’ rookie minicamp. Bryant has also played wide receiver as a professional.
Looney, Celestin, Evans and Manfre were all named All-Pioneer Football League selections this season. Looney holds the career passing records for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns, and turned in impressive performances throwing and on the bench press. Celestin, Evans and Manfre comprised three-fifths of Marist’s offensive line this past season. Celestin, a four-year starter at right tackle, was named First Team All-PFL each of the last three years, and was named an All-American by The Sports Network. A left tackle, Evans was a First Team All-PFL selection, and Manfre was named Second Team All-PFL while starting at left guard.
“Overall, just a fantastic day for our guys and the performance level of it,” Parady said.