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MOBILE, Ala. – Ryan Hewitt started his college football career as a tight end. He didn’t see the field much early on, until coaches suggested he move to fullback. It gave Hewitt a path to the field. He took it.
Hewitt excelled in that role, proving to be a solid blocker and outlet receiver from the backfield.
Hewitt’s play earned a spot in the Senior Bowl and a chance to go pro playing the spot he loves. Fullbacks aren’t high on the draft priority list, and some schemes don’t use one much at all.
That’s why Hewitt has spent this week showing versatility. He believes he can be a traditional blocking fullback and, due to his background as a tight end, an H-back in a Marcel-Reece type role.
“This week provides a real opportunity for me to show that I can do it all,” Hewitt said. “Hopefully teams will see that and want to use a draft pick on me. That’s all I can hope for.”
Hewitt is one of four Bay Area collegians scheduled to play in Saturday’s Senior Bowl. In addition to Hewitt, San Jose State quarterback David Fales, California defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman and Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy are playing the all-star showcase. Murphy and Fales were featured early in the week. Here’s a look at the other two trying to make an impression this week:
FB Ryan Hewitt, Stanford -- Career Stats
6-foot-4, 245 pounds, North squad
Outlook: Hewitt showed some receiving ability during the week’s padded practices. He’ll have to prove an excellent lead blocker during the game, when the play truly gets physical.
DT DeAndre Coleman, California -- Career Stats
6-foot-5, 315 pounds, South squad
Outlook: Coleman wasn’t a big name heading into this week of practice, but he’s shown quality push that would help in run defense. He interior pass-rush ability is considered suspect, though his size and strength has turned some heads.
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