Former Rockets Barry Church and Stephen Williams have been invited to the annual NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 24 through March 2.
The combine is an important evaluation tool used by NFL teams to determine which college players they will select in the annual draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The draft will take place April 22 through 24.
Church, a 6-2, 219-pound safety from Pittsburgh, will participate in sessions from Feb. 27 through March 2. Williams, a 6-5, 199-pound wide receiver from Houston, will participate from Feb. 25 through 28. The first three days of each session include physicals, interviews, psychological testing and measurements. The fourth and final day consists of workouts in front of coaches, scouts and executives from all 32 NFL teams.
Church, a four-time first-team All-MAC honoree, tallied 98 tackles in his senior season. He also led the team with three blocked kicks and 8.5 tackles for loss. He started all 48 games in his collegiate career, finishing with 352 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, nine interceptions and six forced fumbles. He was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s best defensive back) and was on the official watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Award (nation’s best defensive player). He also participated in the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 23.
Williams made first-team All-MAC in 2009, his third time as an All-MAC selection but first time on the first-team. He had 79 receptions for 1,065 yards. He finished his career as Toledo’s career leader in receptions with 229 and receiving yards with 3,102.