Hoskins shines in Pro Day effort for NFL scouts

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Cox and Miller also enjoying enormous success.

By Bobby Brockman

Ian Hoskins' football playing career may be over for the Marshall University Thundering Herd. However, the four-year lettermen and former Campbellsville High School standout left his mark on the Huntington, West, Va. school.

The 2009 version of Pro Day at Marshall University was Friday, March 20. Pro Days are the time for players to strengthen their draft position or just get on a possible free agent try-out list with roughly 15-25 NFL scouts on the scene.

"Ian Hoskins stole the workout show, bench-pressing 225 pounds 50 times," Anthony Hanshew of The Herald-Dispatch wrote.

"The astounding performance by Hoskins ranks as an unofficial NFL Pro Day record, regardless of position. An informal polling of Friday's scouts confirmed it was the highest total to their knowledge. An NFL media relations official said such Pro Day records aren't documented, but 50 was unprecedented as far as he knew.

"Hoskins, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive lineman/linebacker hybrid, typically was humble following Friday morning's weight room performance."

Hoskins said, "I was disappointed. "I wanted 55. But with nerves and adrenaline, I probably put more effort into the early ones than I should have.

"I wasted some, but that's all right."

Hoskins' spotlight moment was spurred by teammates' excitement while his total climbed past 40. The unassuming Campbellsville, Ky., native appreciated the support following an extensive Pro Day extending nearly four hours.

"That's good," Hoskins said. "Any time you've got eyes on you, cameras on you, it's lights, camera, action. It's time to go."

The NFL Draft, for seven rounds, is scheduled for April 25-26.

Cox sparkles in early going as Razorback

Zack Cox is off to a nice start for the No. 9-rated University of Arkansas Razorbacks.

The freshman third sacker, who played for Campbellsville and Taylor County before concluding his career at Pleasure Ridge Park, was hitting .277 (18-65) in 16 starts with five doubles, two triples, a homer and three bases on balls.

As a relief pitcher, Cox, who wears No. 7, has made seven appearances with a 2-1 won-loss record and eight strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

Arkansas was 17-4 before its weekend series at home with Mississippi State. The Razorbacks play at South Carolina this weekend before hosting Vanderbilt (April 10-12) and visiting Georgia (April 17-19) and Tennessee (April 24-26).

Miller leading Yellow Jackets to titles

Athletic directors are rightly or wrongly normally graded on the success of their sports teams.

That being the case, former Campbellsville High School baseball player Marlon Miller should get an easy A.

Miller took over a struggling athletics program at Louisville Central a few years back and has overseen a football program with two straight Class 3A football championships and a boys' basketball program with consecutive trips to the Sweet 16, including this year's runner-up finish to Covington Holmes.

NCAA women's basketball still 25 years behind men's

No one should expect women's basketball to be as popular as men's basketball, especially on the NCAA scene.

Women's hoops didn't really get going until the 1970s while the men were a hot item then and even had excellent television packages.

Last week at the NCAA first-round game at Western Kentucky University, which, by the way, is an excellent venue to watch a game, it became even more evident that the women are lagging behind the men.

Don't get me wrong, they play an excellent brand of basketball, but some of their pre-determined first- and second-rout sites were ridiculous.

Why should No. 2-seed Auburn have to play at No. 7-Rutgers? Why should No. 3-seed Louisville need to visit No. 6 LSU and why should No. 1 Duke have to play at No. 9 Michigan State?

It's done to guarantee money. But it also is a reminder of when Louisville had to play at Kentucky in men's basketball in 1984.

That's 25 years ago, which means the women's game is behind the men's that far in terms of post-season sites.

Food for thought

Did you ever wonder if Edgar Sosa had hit his last two free throws (he had hit his previous 15) late in the Louisville-Texas A&M game in the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena and the Cardinals would have won, would the University of Kentucky ever considered hiring Billy Gillispie?