By GameCocksonline.com

COLUMBIA — The University of South Carolina football program held its annual Pro Day on Wednesday. Seventeen draft-eligible former Gamecocks showcased their skills in front of scouts representing all 32 NFL teams on another beautiful morning in the Palmetto State.

The event began shortly after 9:30 a.m. in the Crews Building weight room, with each participant measured for height and weight, then tested in both the vertical and broad jumps, before finishing with the 225-pound bench press.

The players then moved to the Williams-Brice Stadium field where they ran the 40-yard dash along with a pair of shuttle runs and the three-cone drill before going through a series of individual drills specific to their position.

T.J. Gurley had an impressive day in the weight room, posting a 37-inch vertical leap, along with a 10-foot, two-inch standing broad jump. Gerald Dixon Jr. (34 reps) and Mike Matulis (30 reps) posted the top marks in the bench press.

#76 Mike Matulis / OL

On what specific things he wanted to show the scouts on Wednesday

I wanted to show that I’m durable, and that my injuries aren’t hindering me anymore. My shoulders looked good, and my broad jump went well. I wanted to show that I’m healthy and that I can play.

On what it was like to be out at Williams-Brice Stadium for the final time

I enjoyed it. I missed it, and I definitely wanted to get back up here in Columbia. When I was out here I felt more in my element.

On what the process is for him moving forward

I have a workout tomorrow morning, and then I’ll have my agent talk to some people to see where I’m at. I just have to do what I can do out here, and the rest will be in the hands of others. I can only control what I can control. People told me to enjoy the process since you only get to do it once.

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