Offensive lineman Matt Reynolds and defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo have been invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
Over 300 players were invited to the combine and all 32 NFL teams will be represented by coaches and scouts to evaluate potential draft picks. In 2011, BYU did not have any players invited to the combine but had three in both 2010 and 2009.
Reynolds, a 6-foot-6, 305-pounder played and started all 52 games of his BYU career. After deciding to return for his senior season, Reynolds was named team captain for a second time and was awarded numerous preseason honors (Outland Trophy Watch List, Lombardi Award Candidate, Lowe's Senior Class Award Nominee). Reynolds finished the season on the Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, Yahoo! Sports All-Independent Team, FBS All-Independent Team and was invited to East-West Shrine Game.
Fans will remember one of Reynolds most recent plays from the 2011 Armed Forces Bowl. After losing his helmet blocking earlier in the play, an unprotected Reynolds ran after a Tulsa defensive lineman chasing quarterback Riley Nelson, pancaking him to the ground, springing Nelson to make a touchdown throw across the field to Cody Hoffman, helping BYU to a 24-21 victory.
The Provo native was also named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, Rivals.com, College Football News.com and Sports News. As a sophomore he was part of the College Football News All-Sophomore First Team and as a junior was named Phil Steele All-MWC First Team.
Fangupo, a 6-foot-1, 331-pound transfer from USC helped BYU to another 10-win season and was part of a No. 14 overall defense (312.9 yards allowed per game) and No. 19 in rushing yards allowed (112.08) ypg). Fangupo spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Trojans before deciding to come to BYU for his senior year where he made an immediate impact, playing in all 13 games and starting 10.
Known as the strongest player on the squad, Fangupo is also versitale enough to play both nose tackle and defensive end, where he spent most of the 2011 season. He totaled 26 tackles, including six tackles for loss, good for third-best on the team.
Fangupo was named to the Phil Steele All-Independent Second Team and was an FBS All-Independent Honorable Mention.
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