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Miguel Maysonet invited to NFL combine
Three seasons of excellence at Stony Brook are paying off for running back Miguel Maysonet. The runner-up for the Walter Payton Award as FCS player of the year has been invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine scheduled Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, where league personnel experts gather to test, interview and evaluate more than 300 top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Stony Brook also announced on Wednesday that Maysonet has been invited to participate in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic on Jan. 19 in Montgomery, Ala. The game features coaching staffs headed by NFL veterans Dan Reeves and Jim Bates, and it will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The game takes place the same day as the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Additionally, Maysonet is on the emergency invite list for the prestigious Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Senior Bowl running backs announced so far include Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin and Florida’s Mike Gillislee. If anyone drops out, Maysonet would be on the short list to receive an invite. At the moment, Maysonet is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round in April, but now he has an opportunity to improve his stock with his pre-draft performance in the Raycom All-Star showcase and the Indy combine.
Seawolves Notes: SBU football coach Chuck Priore announced the addition of three junior college transfers, including QB Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, Calif.), S Zedrick Gardner (Miami, Fla.) and RB/DB James Kenner (Willingboro, N.J.). Each has two years of eligibility and will participate in spring practice. The 6-3, 205-pound Bednarski earned second team All-Southern Conference honors for Fullerton College after passing for a league-best 2,453 yards and 25 touchdowns and might compete against Lyle Negron to succeed departing Seawolves starter Kyle Essington.