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Breida Stars in Statesboro

By BJ Bennett
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Working out for NFL scouts, Matt Breida wowed with measurables that compare quite favorably to the top prospects at his position.

Georgia Southern's Matt Breida rushed for 3,739 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past three seasons as one of the premier running backs in all of college football. The Florida-native helped lead a banner transition to the FBS for the Eagles, adding to the history of a tradition-rich program. On the field and off, Breida was an accomplished student-athlete during his time in Statesboro.

Breida's name can be found all throughout the Georgia Southern record book; after the program's pro day on Thursday, he's professional possibilities, as a top-tier athlete, are also in the news.

Working out for NFL scouts, Breida wowed with measurables that compare quite favorably to the top prospects at his position. Breida, showcasing a rare mix of speed and strength, ran a hand-timed 4.38 forty yard dash and did 23 bench press repetitions of 225 pounds. He recorded a remarkable 42-inch vertical leap and a 134-inch broad jump, results that would have ranked first, among all running backs, at the recent NFL Combine.  

Admittedly, Breida competed with a "chip on his shoulder" after not being invited to Indianapolis. He changed the narrative, however, with results that could provide a very real pre-draft springboard. In previous years, standout showings in such drills helped boost the profiles of former Eagles like J.J. Wilcox and Jerick McKinnon, currently of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings, respectively.  

While Breida's workout results turned heads, him striving for excellence is nothing new.

"I was really excited about getting to see him again, the obvious work he has put in over the last couple of months and the numbers he was able to put up," explained Georgia Southern head coach Tyson Summers on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network.

It was a fitting finish, in Paulson Stadium, for Breida, one that continues the momentum of an honors graduate whose legacy on campus can't be measured by stats and scores alone. Part of Matt Breida's potential as a player is Matt Breida the person.  

"Matt has had an outstanding career here," Summers added. "He's as tremendous a leader as you will ever find, as good of a student as you will ever find, a team guy, a leader who did every piece of it right."

As expected, Breida is dynamic, explosive, powerful and quick. Waiting for just one opportunity, he's also primed and ready.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports