Notre Dame football: Williams getting in shape for the NFL Combine
Nose Guard Ian Williams speaks with the press during media day at Notre Dame Stadium on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. (Tribune File Photo/MARCUS MARTER)
The NFL Combine starts Friday for me in Indianapolis. Back from Orlando to the snow in Indiana. I miss being around my friends. That's about it. I don't miss the weather there.
As soon as I get there, we'll start medical physicals and we'll do interviews with the teams. Those will get carried out the first two days. And then Sunday and Monday, we'll be on the field doing drills, and I think Sunday we'll be doing the bench press.
That's pretty much the most important test for a D-Lineman. Also the 25-yard shuttle drill is very important to show our agility, show how we move. The field drills are important, too.
(Former ND teammates) Armando Allen and Kyle Rudolph will be at the combine, too. I haven't had much contact with them. I pretty much let them be on their own.
I actually texted Armando (Wednesday) to see how he was doing, see when he was leaving. I haven't talked to Rudy since two weeks ago when I was out in Dallas, but I know he's not doing any of the physical testing. He's waiting for his pro day (April 7 at Notre Dame) to show off to the scouts.
I'm pretty calm, but I'm anxious, too. I'm just ready to get it started and show people what they've been missing.
I've really been thinking about this process since the first time I carried a football. The first time I lifted a weight, I've been preparing for the 225 bench test. The first time I ran any type of football drills with bags, I was preparing for the field drills that will be part of Sunday and Monday.
I have not prepared for the Wonderlic Test. You can't really study for it. It's basically an IQ test. I've been able to ask friends who have taken the test before me, and I think I've got a pretty good clue on what I should do. There are some questions that try to trick you ... in a different type of format that you're not used to seeing.
I think the combine is very important to me. It gives the scouts and the coaches a chance to be next to us and see how we are physically.
They see us on film, on TV, just about every day that they're looking at us and scouting us, but they don't really have a chance to be next to us and see how we measure up against the guys they already have.
They get to see our speed, our quickness, our agility, our strength. When they interview us, they get to see how we talk, how we interact - with them and the coaches.
I think I'm going to do pretty well. I'm looking to get 35-plus reps on the bench press.
There's been a lot of talk about a labor dispute and lockout. I actually have to go back up to South Bend in late March to finish up classes, but after that, if the collective bargaining agreement is not signed, I'll be back down here in Orlando training with (speed/strength coach) Tom Shaw.
My mom is following all this closely and she is happy with whatever I do. She's happy that I made it to this point but hoping that I go further. She's most happy that I've grown up from what I used to be to now.
She wasn't the biggest football fan when I was growing up. She didn't even know what position I played when I started playing football.
But now she knows my position. She knows defenses and offensive plays. She can pretty much call the whole game now, which is surprising to me.
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