5 questions with … James Brindley
Former Nevada Union football star James Brindley wrapped up his college football career at Utah State University in 2009.
Now the 5-foot, 11-inch safety is preparing to take what he hopes to be the next step in his career: the National Football League. Earlier this week, Brindley and former Miner and USU teammates Brennan McFadden and Chris Ulinski all participated in Utah State’s annual “Pro Day” to showcase their talents for NFL scouts. Brindley had an exceptional day, highlighted by his 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash.
The soon to be college grad took five questions from Sports Editor Brian Hamilton over the phone on Pro Day.
Q. Four-four in the 40? This might sound silly, but were you pleased with that time?
A. “That was a really good time for me. I ran the same time two years ago, but with injuries that kept me out of games, I just wanted to at least maintain that same time.”
Q. You mentioned injuries. Are you healthy now?
A. “Oh, now I’m 110 percent. I had a hamstring injury that kept me out of the seventh game and, yeah, I kind of just dealt with it for the rest of the year. But I rested over Christmas break and have been training since January, so I’m good now.”
Q. What stood out most to you from your “Pro Day” performance?
A. “The 40 time sticks out the most. But I also had a vertical jump of 37 inches, which surprised me a bit. But what most scouts want to see is a fast 40. Running fast today definitely helps me.”
Q. Heading into a draft, folks tell you different things. How do you expect things to go?
A. “My agent said I’ll probably be picked up in free agency. But if anything else happens that’s great. That’s what I’m expecting to see, though. My dream will come true when I make a team. But not too many people get the opportunity to work out in front of professional scouts. Just getting the chance to do that is huge.”
Q. What are your plans over the next few months?
A. “Over Spring Break, I’m going to go down to visit my brother (Tom) and then come back up here. I will graduate in May (with a degree in business finance), so I’ll pretty much be here until then.”
– Brian Hamilton, sports editor
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