Centre kicker Jordan Gay (Danville, Ky.) will be participating in the National Football League's Super Regional Combine next month in Dallas, Texas.
Making it to the Super Regional Combine is one of the highest honors Gay has earned in his four years kicking and punting for Centre College. Over 25% of participants who earn the right to go to the Super Regional Combine end up with NFL contracts in some point in their career. Only the best of the very best make it this far.
In 2011, 1,900 players attented regional combines all over the country. These combines are conducted for athletes who are eligible for the NFL Draft, but were not invited to the National Scouting Combine, as well as free agents who have never signed a professional contract.
Of those 1,900 players, 124 advanced to the Super Regional Combine. 87 players were signed to a team by the start of training camp in the summer. 43 players were members of an NFL squad on opening day. At the end of this year's NFL season, there were 28 players on active rosters who came out of the regional combines, including both the kicker and punter for the St. Louis Rams.