INDIANAPOLIS Everyone in Huntsville is well aware of what Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders is able to do on the football field.
Now, he wants the whole country to see what he can bring to an NFL team.
It s very relieving, Flanders said on Friday. There s not that many FCS guys out here so I m blessed to be one of them. I m just anxious to go out here and show my talents and show them I can compete.
Flanders is one of 18 running backs that were invited to Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine and he definitely earned it.
During his time as a Bearkat, he dominated. Over his four years, the Midwest City, Oklahoma native rushed for 5,664 yards and 66 touchdowns. Flanders is the all-time leading rusher in Southland Conference history, having 3 seasons with more than 1,000 yards.
He was dangerous out of the backfield as well. Although, he only caught 6 passes for 63 yards during his senior year, in 2011, he was dynamic, pulling in 34 catches and 414 yards.
My vision and my leadership, I feel like I did a great job running with the ball, Flanders said during his media session at the combine. I caught a lot of passes at Sam Houston State. But, like they say, when you re a rookie, you have to try and find a spot on special teams.
The dual threat option Flanders brings is one reason he likes to compare himself to a player like Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. It wasn t until two years ago that he started to think the NFL was a possibility.
The first year we went to the championship, I talked to a lot of scouts, Flanders said. They kept telling me if I keep playing like the best player on the field, I would have a chance to come out to the combine and get a chance to showcase my skills in front of all the coaches and general managers.
Flanders, like most of the so-called under-the-radar athletes, isn t afraid to let everyone know that the brand of football he played at Sam Houston State is no different.
Every guy that is from the FCS that is here, they re pretty much telling themselves we can make a statement for all these scouts, Flanders said. So, if we can get more scouts to look at those guys, because we play some pretty good competition, it would be great.
But first thing is first, make sure he makes a name for himself so when draft day comes, that phone rings with great news.
It means a lot, it means everything. You know the job is not over with. I m still here working.