AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific offensive tackle Luke Marquardt has been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis Feb. 20-26.
Marquardt, a 6-foot-9, 322-pound left tackle who began his college football career at tight end, played in 30 games and started 25 times in three seasons from 2009 through 2011. He was named to the 2013 Senior Bowl Watch List prior to the start of the 2012 season, and he becomes the first Cougar selected for participation in the annual NFL Scouting Combine since Jack Williams in 2000.
“For Luke, it’s one step on the next stage of an opportunity that’s presented itself to him,” Azusa Pacific football head coach Victor Santa Cruz said. “The NFL knows who they want, and Luke has the skill set to be a commodity for the next level. The opportunity is rare, but he got access to it – what’s even more rare is the opportunity to have that access which was complemented by the full college experience we were able to provide for him at Azusa Pacific.”
The NFL Scouting Combine is held each February, when hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to Indianapolis, Ind., where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft.
“Knowing Luke’s story, and the hard work he’s put in to attain this opportunity makes you so proud of him,” Santa Cruz said. “He came in as a very green tight end, and he took the coaching, along with his personal drive to succeed, and he applied the hard work within both our strength program and our program’s emphasis on character development. Now, five years down the road, he’s knocking on the door of an opportunity most young football players can only dream of.”
Marquardt is one of 333 players invited to participate in this season’s Combine, which will be televised live on the NFL Network. The offensive linemen are scheduled for their combine workouts on Saturday, Feb. 23, along with tight ends and special teams players. The remaining positions wrap up the next three days of action.
The NFL Draft is held two months later, April 25-27, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.