Former Reed high player Trae Carter-Wells participates in the Wolf Pack football team’s pro day where former Pack players worked out for NFL scouts at Mackay Stadium on Wednesday March 13, 2019 (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)
On a chilly Wednesday morning at Mackay Stadium, Wes Farnsworth and about a dozen of his Wolf Pack football teammates were trying to keep their dreams alive.
Farnsworth worked out for NFL scouts, running through a series of strength, conditioning and speed drills.
Farnsworth, a long snapper from Bishop Manogue, said he is out to prove that with hard work and dedication, anyone can achieve their goals.
He spent the past three months training and focusing on his specialty to get ready for Pro Day.
“Just putting my nose to the grindstone and working away,” Farnsworth said. It was pretty gratifying. I’m proud of the work I did.”
He said it is just a waiting game now until the NFL draft in April.
He said getting from high school to college football was a similar situation.
“It was always just a dream to pay college football. It was never a sure thing,” he said. “So the hard work really went into that. Same now. Same drive, same hard work, just going into another dream.”
Former Bishop Manogue and Nevada player Wes Farnsworth participates in the Wolf Pack football team’s pro day where former Pack players worked out for NFL scouts at Mackay Stadium on Wednesday March 13, 2019 (Photo: Andy Barron/RGJ)
Farnsworth started four seasons at Nevada and was named a third-team All-American by Phil Steele in 2018.
He said being a long snapper becomes instinctual after doing it thousands of times.
“If you want something, and want it bad enough, hard work can get you there. No matter what it is,” Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth has been helping and advising fellow long snapper Dylan Black, a senior long snapper at Manogue who will go to Oregon State.
He tells Black the same things he tells himself.
“It’s something you’re very good at. It’s something you’ve done a thousand times. When you get out there, nothing changes, just do your thing, relax and have fun and you’ll do great,” Farnsworth said.
The running and field events were held on the turf at Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium.
Nevada’s head football strength coach Jordon Simmons thought the day went well.
“There’s been a lot of preparation over the years and it kind of culminates in this event for them to be able to show what they’ve done, what they’ve worked for,” Simmons said. “At a smaller school, a lot of times, it’s tough for them to be seen and get exposure.”
Reed graduate Trae Carter-Wells, who played tight end for the Pack, also worked out at the Pro Day along with Ramiz Ahmed (kicker); Dameon Baber (safety); Justin Brent (safety); Jomon Dotson (cornerback); Sean Krepsz (linebacker); Jarius McDade (defensive line); Kalei Meyer (linebacker); Malik Reed (defensive end) and Ausani Rufus (safety).
Reed trained for the past two months and thought he performed well Wednesday.
“I out it all out there for them to see,” Reed said. “I’m feeling good about today.”
He said the atmosphere at Mackay on Wednesday was much different than during games, and much quieter, but he simply focused on each drill in front of him.
“The training facility that I worked at did a really good job getting me prepared for everything I was going to see today. So I really felt prepared,” Reed said. “I was anxious to get going and show what I had.”
Reed moved to Nevada from Alabama and he said the Wolf Pack helped him improve and got him ready for professional football.
“Coming here was one of the best decisions of my life,” he said. “I feel this is where God wanted me to be and he really helped me grow and mature and become a man.”
He said coaching and leadership helped the Wolf Pack improve last season. The team won five more games over the 2017 season.
Reed was the only Wolf Pack player invited to a showcase bowl, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Carter-Wells walked on at Nevada in 2014 and he was Pack’s special teams MVP in 2017. He had 12 catches for 75 yards and 11 tackles.
He said there some nerves at first, but once the first drill started those went away.
“I’m going to keep working out and never stop pursuing my dream,” Carter-Wells said.
The NFL Draft is April 25-27. Players could also be signed to NFL teams as free agents after that.
Wes Farnsworth does the broad jump on Wednesday at Mackay Stadium. (Photo: Jim Krajewski)
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