It was pro day at Abilene Christian University on Thursday and nine potential pro's got their chance to show their stuff to scouts from around the National Football League. Representatives from the Cowboys, Rams and Raiders were scheduled to be on hand to watch potential hidden gems from universities all over West Texas.
Abilene’s DII quarterbacks Mitchell Gale and Jake Mullin were in attendance as well as hopefuls from Tarleton State University and others. The question for every player was whether this day carried with it a feeling of fun or nervousness.
”There was really no reason for me to be nervous,” Mitchell Gale told KTXS, “I'm being given a chance to follow a dream, to make something come true that I've always wanted to do. [My coaches] have always told me preparation breeds confidence.”
”We're all in the same boat,” Jake Mullin spoke of his DII and DIII peers. “It's all about catching that one scout's eye. It doesn't matter if there are two scouts out here. If you catch one scouts eye, that's all you need.”
Also on hand, were ACU alumni for whom the dream is already a reality. Current New York Jets receiver Clyde Gates hoped to lend a word of advice to those hoping to follow in his footsteps.
”I talked with Mitchell and I told him first things first, you have to go out there and have fun,” Gates told KTXS. “You've got to be excited. I told him to be ready when your name is called because your name is going to be called. Just be ready to go out, perform and do what you're asked to do.”
”That's always good, when someone has already done what you're trying to do,” Gale said of his fellow Wildcat, “you can pick their brain, you can get keys to the process.”
The process is not unlike that of an unsigned high school standout attempting to get picked up by a preeminent college football program. Jake Mullin described the journey.
“For guys like me, I am not going to get drafted. So we have to wait until after the draft, I have an opportunity to get picked up as a free agent. It is a nerve-wrecking process and I just have to be patient.”
”It would be a dream come true,” a confident Mitchell Gale said, “It would be something that takes a lot of responsibility, continued preparation and work but i think I'm up to the task.”