For those of you that don’t know, Marist redshirt senior Terrence Fede, a 2009 Nyack graduate, had quite the season with the Red Foxes. The defensive end earned All-American honors en route to leading the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks per game (1.18) and breaking the Red Foxes’ season (13) and all-time (30.5) sacks record.
On Thursday, Marist held its first every pro day. Below is more story.
First, here are a few videos I shot of Fede running some of the drills, similar to that of what the athletes at the combine do, and talking about the entire draft process.
Fede takes part in an assortment of combine drills.
Fede performs footwork drills.
Fede talks about draft process.
MILTON The process of preparing for the NFL draft can be full of stress. Players know that every workout and drill can be the difference between pure happiness and sheer disappointment on draft day.
Nyack High grad Terrence Fede has more of an optimistic outlook.
“It’s pretty fun, actually,” Fede said. “Some people don’t like it. Some people think it’s nerve-racking, but I think it’s pretty fun. You get to train and think about your future, and right now I’m the only person that can control my future.”
Fede, a Marist College redshirt senior, worked out with six of his teammates at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome Thursday in the Red Foxes’ first pro day in program history.
The 6-foot-3, 276-pound defense end was the headliner of the group as he looks to become the first Red Fox taken in the NFL draft in program history. Fede, who led the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks per game (1.18) last season and was an Associated Press second-team All-America pick, was just over a week removed from a successful showing at the University of Buffalo’s pro day, an event attended by representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
“I had pretty good numbers (in Buffalo), and today I ran a little bit faster and stayed consistent,” Fede said. “None of my times were worse than they were at Buffalo, so I feel like I had a great day.”
Two Red Foxes who finished their careers prior to last season, Michael Rios and Jaquan Bryant, participated in the event. Rios signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals last year after finishing his Marist career as the program’s all-time leader in touchdown catches, and Bryant, who last played in 2011, was a three-time All-Pioneer Football League selection. Quarterback Chuckie Looney and offensive linemen Peter Evans, Rocco Manfre and Phede Celestin also participated.
Fede’s measurements were taken and he participated in the bench press (225 pounds), the vertical jump, the 40-yard dash, the 20-yard shuttle, and the three-cone drill, opting out of the broad jump. Fede also did footwork drills in front of Jets personnel scout Cole Hufnagel, the NFL scout on hand responsible for reporting back to the league.
The results of the pro day were not released, per NFL rules, but Fede said he thought his strongest event was the 40, which he believed he finished in the mid 4.7s, improving on the high 4.7 time he ran in Buffalo.
Fede initially drew interest from NFL teams because of his size and the natural speed he showed during the spring of his junior year while teams were scouting Rios, who was released by the Cardinals before the start of the season.
“(Fede) busted his butt to really work hard over the summer and work on his technique,” Marist defensive-line coach Tunde Agboke said. “He got really good with his hands, and once he got on the field this year he was so dynamic and able to work his hands in the pass rush that the sacks really started to pile up for him.”
Like all FCS players, Fede’s biggest obstacle to getting drafted will be the stigma that he’s faced lesser competition than his Football Bowl Subdivision counterparts. Marist head coach Jim Parady pointed out Fede has the size and speed of an FBS player.
“A couple of our others guys, they might be an inch shorter or a step slow,” Parady said. “That’s something he doesn’t have to worry about. You watch the combine, he’s there with all those guys.”
Fede missed the 2010 season due to a violation of team policy. Parady declined to comment on what Fede did, but said that he hasn’t had any issues since then and the whole ordeal made Fede appreciate playing football more.
“I would say that made me who I am today,” Fede said. “It gave me more time to think about things. How much I really wanted this. To put more work ethic into being a good person on and off the field.”
Fede said he’s in contact with about eight NFL teams and has a workout set with the New York Giants for April 10. It will be an uphill battle for Fede, who is projected to be a late-round pick or free-agent signing.
Still, Fede is optimistic.
“My experiences at Marist have helped me keep a mindset that when things are down you can’t just give up,” Fede said. “We’ve had not-so-good seasons, and then my senior year we won the Pioneer League Championship. Things like that instilled in my mind that when things are bad they’ll be good at the end of the day.”