EPPING — Although he spent most of his college career focused on throwing passes, former University of New Hampshire quarterback Trevor Knight was catching footballs for a good chunk of UNH’s Pro Day on Wednesday at the Seacoast United Sports Complex.
Knight, an Amherst resident who played high school football at Nashua South, worked out as a quarterback and as a receiver in an attempt to improve his chances of playing at the professional level.
“A couple scouts told me that I’d have a shot at (receiver),” Knight said. “I just want to play.”
Knight played receiver at the College Gridiron Showcase, an event in Texas held in January that was attended by all 32 NFL teams and the nine CFL teams as well. More recently he’s been fine-tuning his skills at Grossetti Performance in New Castle, Pa.
“We viewed (Knight) as an athlete coming out of high school,” UNH coach Sean McDonnell said. “We knew he was probably the most talented athlete in the state and we felt if he couldn’t play quarterback he could play running back, he could play receiver, maybe even defensive back. That’s something he hadn’t done, but he was so athletic and so explosive and when we went down to Nashua to those (one-day camps) we used to do in the state we were just very impressed with everything he was doing — running, catching, throwing — but when he was throwing the ball there was a lot of tight spin, so we knew we were going to give him a shot at quarterback.
“Once he got into open space and got going he was as good of a player running in this league — especially as a quarterback — as we’ve seen in a long time. More importantly at UNH probably the best we’ve ever had running it.”
Knight was one of four UNH players at the Pro Day, which was run by two New England Patriots’ scouts. Linebacker Jared Kuehl, wide receiver Neil O’Connor and offensive lineman Cam Smith also attended.
Chris Bury, a Brookline resident who spent the last two years of his college career at Notre Dame, and Saint Anselm wide receiver Kyle Hill also attended.
Kuehl, who lives in Plymouth, is hoping his skills as a long-snapper, will improve his chances to playing at the pro level. He worked out with a long-snapping coach earlier this year and then attended a long-snapping camp in Arizona.
“Obviously the goal would be to play linebacker at the next level, but I’m a realist and I think snapping will help me out,” Kuehl said. “I think that will be my biggest advantage over other guys who are on the fringe is that I’ll have another asset in that I can snap.”
Bury played for Bishop Guertin High school and began his college career at Stonehill before he transferred to Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame last May.
“The level of play at Notre Dame … you can’t fake that,” Bury said. “You either can play or you can’t. I felt like I got a lot better while I was there. I’m just trying to get some exposure now. I felt like I had a good day today.”
Bury and Knight are among those who also plan to attend the Dartmouth Pro Day on March 28.
“I’m going to go test again at Dartmouth, but throwing and my routes and stuff — I think that went great,” Knight said “I just have to re-test some of my times.
“It’s good to get this one over with and under my belt. Now I have another one coming at the end of the month.”