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Division II Special Teams Player of the Year by Hero Sports, most blocked kicks in all NCAA for the 2018 season and a couple college bowl game appearances. This is the recipe for someone who’s looking to extend their football career beyond college.

His name is Chase DeMoor, former Central Washington University defensive end who’s in the process of taking his game to the professional level. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound DeMoor is training at T-force Athletics in Auburn six days a week.

Since CWU, he has participated in two bowl games. First, he received an invitation to the FCS National Bowl game in Daytona Beach, Florida on Dec. 9, 2018. It’s an opportunity for scouts from the NFL and CFL to evaluate prospects. DeMoor was an honorable mention for Defensive MVP.

“First game was amazing,” DeMoor said. “Had a great opportunity to work with many different athletes from across the country.”

The committee took the top 15 players based on performance and invited them to the FBS All American game in Daytona. It’s considered one of the biggest bowl games with over 26 NFL teams and 70 plus NFL scouts present. DeMoor was one of the selectees for the game on Jan. 13.

And when DeMoor was down in Florida, he was approached by a couple NFL agents and decided to link up with Zack Gottfried. Gottfried sent DeMoor down to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Beyond Sports Network National Scouting Combine from Feb. 27 to March 1. DeMoor displayed respectable numbers for a guy his size. In the 40-yard dash, he ran a 4.7. Vertical jump was 34 inches. Broad jump was a half inch shy of 10-feet. And he benched 225 pounds 22 times.

He’s had multiple interviews with draft analysts and one of them was Emory Hunts, who has over 17,000 followers on Twitter. Hunts ranked DeMoor the 20th best defensive end in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“There’s a plethora of teams that could use a 6-foot-5 defensive end who’s a great special team’s player, too,” Gottfried said.

DeMoor was a bulwark up front when it came time for opposing teams to attempt field goals. His six blocked kicks led all NCAA classifications with the next closest at the Division II level being Maliq Carr of University of Findlay with four.

At Division I, the blocked kicks leader was Reggie Gilliam of University of Toledo with four as well. DeMoor shattered CWU’s record of three.

So, getting a pro day invite is the next step. Only three universities in the state — all public — will have this event. But it’s more difficult for a small school athlete.

University of Washington only allows its own players. Washington State University works out its own, too, and will consider outsiders if there’s enough interest from scouts on the specific kid. Eastern Washington University is the same scenario as WSU.

CWU has hosted pro days in the past, but it wasn’t the case this year. Typically, if a school has enough NFL potential players, there will be one.

Gottfried was a former West Virginia University and Marshall University coach. At WVU, Gottfried says they would take in Division II prospects all the time — regardless if they had an ample amount of NFL interest or not.

“My problem is that how can public universities getting funded from the state not allow one of the kids from their own state of a small school come work out at their school?” Gottfried said. “… How do you think the graduates at Central Washington feel? Tax payers, the money going to the big universities and one of their own who actually has a legit shot not even getting a chance.

“The kid is definitely a NFL camp guy and should definitely be able to battle it out and have a shot to prove that he’s worthy to play in the NFL.”

The next step for Gottfried and DeMoor is to have the scouts get in touch with either WSU or EWU and confirm they want to see DeMoor. WSU’s pro day is on April 3, and EWU’s is the following day.

If DeMoor doesn’t end up getting that invite, it isn’t the end of the world. The back-up plan will be the American National Combine on April 9. It’s the official combine for the Alliance of American Football, but also provides services to the NFL, CFL, XFL and the Arena Football League.

“It’s our last case scenario,” DeMoor said.


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