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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I'Tavius Mathers admits a sense of frustration over not receiving an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. The Middle Tennessee State University running back totaled 2,194 yards of offense -- 1,561 yards rushing on 232 carries and 633 yards receiving ...

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I'Tavius Mathers admits a sense of frustration over not receiving an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Middle Tennessee State University running back totaled 2,194 yards of offense -- 1,561 yards rushing on 232 carries and 633 yards receiving on 66 catches -- and 20 touchdowns (17 rushing) in 2016, after all.

The snub by the Combine selection committee, however, didn't deter Mathers, who transferred from the University of Mississippi to MTSU in 2015.

He used the oversight as incentive while training at the Michael Johnson Performance facility in Dallas, Texas, to prove he belongs among the running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft.



"It gave me a chip on my shoulder just to let me know I felt like I was being overlooked," Mathers said in a telephone interview. "I just had to prove myself at Pro Day and let them know that I'm just as good as the ones who went to the Combine."

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Old 03-21-2017, 01:37 PM   #2
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Too small IMHO.
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I still hope we look at Boom Williams out of KY. Payten is pretty good at finding undrafted talent though.
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Not even an invite to the combine? Hmmm.........something ain't right here.jmho
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5'11" 203 lbs. 4.41 sec 40 time at MTSU's pro-day... Worth a look
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Re: Our next RB? -Middle Tennessee running back I'Tavius Mathers

It must be the offseason.

There must be nothing else to talk about when there's an article about a guy not invited to the combine that only has a hope of competing for 3rd string/3rd down RB slot.

I know folks are sick of hearing it, but honestly there's nothing worth talking about other than guys who can start and have the ability to rush the passer, defend passes, or blow up opposing RBs in the hole.

There's no reason the Saints would not want Hightower back. The only reason the guy hasn't been signed again is because it's likely that his free agent market value hasn't been set yet.

I guess I'll be happier once the draft is over and we get to OTAs.

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I'Tavius?

WTF???
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