NFL Combine field includes 4 from WMU, 3 from UM

The Detroit News

Michigan and Michigan State boasted two of the youngest teams in college football last season, and it shows in the number of Wolverines and Spartans invited to next month’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Michigan has three players — center Mason Cole, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, and linebacker Mike McCray — attending, while center Brian Allen is the Spartans’ lone representative.

A year ago, Michigan had 14 players at the combine, while Michigan State had three.

More than 300 football players will be at this year’s combine, which is March 2-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

As far as players with ties to the state of Michigan, Western Michigan will have the largest contingent with four: running backs Donnie Ernsberger and Jarvion Franklin, offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor, and cornerback Darius Phillips. Ernsberger played tight end for the Bronocs, but is listed as a running back for the combine.

Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin, Ohio State safety and former Detroit Cass Tech standout Damon Webb, and Pitt cornerback and former Detroit King standout Avonte Maddox also will be at the combine.