NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Four Merrimack football players were in attendance and participated in Merrimack College's first ever draft eligible workout, NFL Pro Day, held on the Merrimack campus on Tuesday, March 27.
"What an amazing day for Merrimack College football," said head coach John Perry. "When I spoke to Coach Tom Caito, the first football coach at Merrimack, he told me they practiced on a field next to the church with no lines, now we are on a state of the art field having a pro day. I really feel the players and coaches here at Merrimack should be proud of what they have created. I know this program will be grow bigger and bigger because of their efforts."
Ronnie McGill from the New England Patriots ran the drills throughout the day's events, which included height/weight check in, vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 40 yard dash, individual workouts and positional drill workouts.
Linebacker Shawn Loiseau (Shrewsbury, Mass.), defensive end Tony Johnson (Lynn, Mass.), quarterback James Suozzo (Everett, Mass.) and defensive lineman Nick Desjardins (Somerville, Mass.) all participated in the Pro Day activities. There was one participant from the UMass Amherst Minutemen that was also in attendance at the Merrimack football Pro Day.
"All the athletes who tested today did well and represented Merrimack well," said Perry. "There were athletes from FBS schools like UMass asking to participate in the Merrimack College pro day. That really says a lot about what we have created here."
Loiseau impressed at the first ever Pro Day for the Merrimack Warriors football team. Loiseau has drawn attention from every NFL teams scouts all season long and is the first Warrior to ever participate in the East-West Shrine Game and the NFL scouting combine. Loiseau finished out his career in North Andover with 382 career tackles which is good for first all-time at Merrimack and third all-time in Northeast-10 Conference history. Loiseau is the first Warrior to ever be selected as Defensive Player of the Year on two occasions by the Northeast-10 Conference. Loiseau is also the first two-time All-American in school history after receiving this honor during his junior and senior seasons.
"It was great to be able to represent Merrimack College in its first ever NFL pro day workout today," said Loiseau. "Being able to go out there and compete with a couple of my teammates was a great feeling. We have done all we can do for now. I will continue to work out and wait for April 26 to come around."
The NFL Entry Draft starts on Thursday, April 26 and goes until Saturday, April 28 and will be aired live on ESPN.