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Bigger, stronger, faster is what will get Mar’quone Edmonds noticed by the NFL

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The University of Indianapolis is an NCAA Division II football program that now competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

They went 10-3 last season and won the GLVC title.

2009: 4-7 (3-7 Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)

2010: 6-5 (5-5 GLIAC)

2011: 7-4 (6-4 GLIAC)

2012: 10-3 ( 8-0 GLVC champions)

Edmonds at UIndy

2009 — 26 rec 242 yards 3 TDs

2010 — 55 rec 712 yards 7 TDs

2011 — 76 rec 965 yards 14 TDs

2012 — 99 rec 1335 yards 17 TDs (one of four team captains)

He was 7th in the nation last year in Division II for receiving yards, 10th in receptions per game and 11th in yards per game.

He also broke nearly every receiving record at UIndy during his career.

Edmonds at Waukegan

For the Bulldogs, he played wideout, defensive back and returned kicks.

His junior season, he helped Waukegan to a 5-4 record, which is the school’s only winning mark in more than a decade. The team missed out on the playoffs on the tiebreaker.

His senior year at Waukegan, the team’s fortunes took a dip and Waukegan went 2-7, although Edmonds still was highly sought after by colleges before finally picking the University of Indianapolis.

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Updated: April 24, 2013 2:24AM

Starting Saturday morning, the best senior college football players in America literally will be under one roof in Indianapolis, getting timed, tested and interviewed as part of the NFL Combine.

In front of representatives of all 32 NFL teams, the players will be put through a series of drills in hopes of improving or earning draft status.

The Combine is almost a three-ring circus, with TV channel ESPN as the maestro, the hundreds of NFL people on hand the ringmasters, and the college seniors playing the roles of performers.

While all that’s going on, in another part of the very same city, another senior college football player is toiling away in near-anonymity, hoping that he too hears his name called on NFL Draft day.

Waukegan High School graduate Mar’quone Edmonds (Class of 2009) has spent the last four autumns playing football for the University of Indianapolis, an NCAA Division 2 school.

Edmonds is finishing up his senior year of classes this semester, and he’s juggling studies with an intensive training regimen designed to make him desirable to NFL teams on draft day.

Toward that end, he just concluded a six-week program through St. Vincent Sports Performance.

Run by St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, it’s designed to help athletes in numerous sports from the youth to professional levels improve their performance. A number of current and former NFL players have taken advantage of SVSP’s programs.

St. Vincent offers an NFL Combine & Pro Day training program specifically for college players hoping to get drafted.

That’s what Edmonds just completed.

“They put me on a workout program to help me prepare for my pro day and the combine.

“There’s training that helps us improve in the areas that we’ll be tested inn,” Edmonds said. “We’re also assigned a sports psychologist and nutritionist.”

Edmonds, a 6-2 212-pound wide receiver, said the training program was excellent.

“It was very helpful. I got the opportunity to work with some great people,” he said. “There were a couple guys from the Big Ten in the program.

“Being able to compete with Division I-level players was pretty special for me. Overall, it was a very humbling experience. The coaches, trainers, and staff were some of the best, most knowledgeable people I’ve ever worked with.”

Edmonds’ biggest challenge these days is getting in his workouts while going to school.

“I’m still completing my undergrad. I’m working out for an hour or two when I have the chance between classes,” he said.

As for the future, he is hopeful.

“I haven’t talked to NFL scouts, but my agent has. Because I went to a Division II school, they want to see how much I can separate myself from the top DBs,” he said.

Edmonds also knows that he must get faster if he’s to get drafted.

His 40 time?

“It depends on whether it’s hand-timed or laser, but I’m around a 4.6. That’s one of the areas I’ve really been working to improve — 4.5 or below is what I’m looking for.”

While the NFL Combine is now in progress in Indianapolis, Edmonds’ big day will come at his “Pro Day” workout for scouts, and also at the Beyond Sports Network Showcase scouting combine March 8-10.

The BSN combine invites the top players from Divisions 1-AA, II, and III to perform in front of scouts from the Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, and the NFL.

Edmonds will be ready.

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