Southern Utah University’s football team didn’t have the best season on the field, but managed to still have some pro prospects land with NFL teams.
Marquez Tucker, an offensive lineman from SUU, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears.
Tucker surprised scouts as he performed well at Southern Utah’s pro day and impressed enough to get a chance in Chicago. During his pro day, Tucker bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times, jumped 30 inches on his vertical, and ran a 5.1 40 yard dash.
“I’ve been working hard for this,” he said. “I’ve been working four, five years for this, so I definitely have a lot of excitement.”
Tucker wasn’t the only T-bird to receive some exciting news.
Logan Parker, former tight end from Southern Utah also signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“It means a lot,” Parker said. “I put in a lot of work for this, starting back in little league.”
Parker’s numbers may have not been the most impressive but his film shows otherwise. He shows his ability to be a versatile tight end by making key blocks and clutch catches. This would be perfect for Andy Reid’s offense as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end receiving threat.
Parker did mention other teams were interested, however Kansas City held the strongest interest and presented the best opportunity.
Parker also showed humility and gratitude to the community in Cedar City saying friends, neighbors, professors, and businesses have been very supportive to the SUU football program. That meant the world to him and his teammates.
Story by: Markiece Gross and Connor Sanders
Photo courtesy of SUU Athletics Strategic Communication