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Dickson Does Work at Ducks Pro Day
Thursday, March 11, 4:00 p.m. PST

All-Pac-10 tight end Ed Dickson took advantage of Thursday's Pro Day at the University of Oregon, adding to his solid performance at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month with a strong showing in front of scouts from at least 23 NFL teams.

Dickson bettered his bench press numbers from the combine by two, putting up 25 reps at 225 pounds. That equaled teammate Will Tukuafu's mark as the top performance among the 11 athletes who worked out in the UO weight room and Moshofsky Center practice facility in front of NFL personnel, family and media members.

In the 40-yard dash, Dickson was clocked at 4.56, also the best among those in attendance and .08 faster than his best time at the combine. Oregon's all-time leader in catches and yards among tight ends also improved on his broad jump, leaping 10 feet, 1 3/4 inches - an improvement of 6 3/4 inches.

Dickson seemed at ease while mingling with scouts and between the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and now Pro Day, there is no reason to think his draft stock has done anything but go up since taking the field as a Duck for the last time in the 2010 Rose Bowl.

Tukuafu did not participate in the combine, so this was a big day for him to showcase his abilities in front of pro scouts. In addition to his bench press, the 266-pound defensive end ran 5.00 in the 40, posted a 32-inch vertical leap and broad jumped 9 feet, 4 inches. He'll have a chance to improve on those numbers at UO's next Pro Day, scheduled to take place on March 18.

Other departing Ducks at the workout included Andre Crenshaw, Blake Ferras, Morgan Flint, Willie Glasper, Walter Thurmond III and Simi Toeaina. Glasper and Thurmond, a combine invitee who has long been considered a prime NFL prospect, did not participate in running and jumping drills after coming off knee surgeries last fall. Glasper benched 225 pounds 16 times, while Thurmond had 14 reps.

Crenshaw, a four-year letterwinner, had the top broad jump at 10 feet, 2 inches, which would have ranked third among running backs at the NFL Combine. By comparison, USC's Joe McKnight jumped 10 feet even in Indianapolis. His vertical leap of 34 1/4 inches was the best among those present and he put up the second-fastest 40 time behind Dickson at 4.59.

Ferras had the third-highest total in the bench press with 22 reps. His vertical leap was 28 inches and broad jump 9 feet 1/2 inch. His defensive line mate Toeaina benched 225 pounds 19 times.

Former Ducks Mike Bellagamba, Cameron Colvin, Brian Paysinger and Josh Syria went through various drills as well. Bellagamba, a former defensive lineman who last played in 2008, had an impressive 40 time for a big man, running 4.78. He had a bench press total of 20 reps to go with a vertical leap of 29 1/2 inches and broad jump of 9 feet 8 inches.

Colvin ran as low as 4.65 and Paysinger came in at 4.64. In the bench press, Dennis Dixon's former wide receiver targets put up 17 and 14 reps respectively.

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