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          Whalen auditions for Browns, Mangini

          Nick Spring

          Issue date: 4/16/10 Section: Sports
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          Ex-Spartan quarterback Dan Whalen has put in countless hours lifting weights, running, and throwing footballs. He's worked out in private, with personal trainers, and for scouts.

          Now, all that is left for Whalen to do is wait.

          The NFL draft is April 22 to 24, but the action for Whalen, a senior, will likely be after the draft. Although possible, it is a long shot for Whalen to be drafted because he has only had one private workout.

          Last Sunday, Whalen traveled to Berea to work out for the Cleveland Browns. He was the only quarterback at the workout but there were many others there who were Cleveland-area high school stars.

          Whalen threw to receivers like Ray Small, who went to Glenville and starred at Ohio State, Trey Stross, who attended Avon Lake before Iowa, Rob Parris, who went to St. Ignatius and then Notre Dame, Derek McBride, also from Glenville and Kent State, and Frank Ross, from Canfield and John Carroll.

          All of the Browns' coaching staff, including head coach Eric Mangini, was at the facility, working out the potential players. Team president Mike Holmgren, however, was not in attendance. Whalen threw about 75 balls that day and felt great about his performance.

          "I thought I had good velocity and accuracy on my throws. For a while there, I was in the zone - I couldn't miss. There were really only a few balls that got away from me. I left very satisfied," said Whalen.

          Whalen's performance is quite impressive, considering the differences between the professional game and the style played here. At Case, Whalen played primarily from the shot gun formation. In the pro's,however, quarterbacks take the snap from under center, making the footwork and timing different from what Whalen is used to. Whalen has worked with Spartan quarterbacks coach Dave DiCarlo to make the transition from shotgun to under center.

          "Coach DiCarlo and I worked on this two to three times a week until I got used to it," said Whalen.

          In addition to the Browns workout, Whalen has also attended Kent State's pro day. Scouts from the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints were in attendance to watch Whalen work out. There is still time for teams to reach out to Whalen for a workout, but even if that does not happen, there is still one more stage where Whalen can display his talents.

          This weekend is the Ohiocollgefootball.com Senior Bowl. Seniors from all levels in Ohio compete in a friendly North versus South game. Although it is not confirmed, there is a possibility that scouts could be in attendance. In addition to Whalen, three more Spartans will be participating in the game, including DJ Suitca, Bobby Bott and head coach Greg Debeljak.
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            ed

            posted 4/15/10 @ 6:19 PM EST

            cool. good luck dan.

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