TALLAHASSEE,FL (April 28) - FAMU head football coach Joe Taylor knew during Spring drills that he would have to replace key elements of his receiver corps, but he could not possibly have predicted that both of his graduating wide receivers would be offered free agent contracts by the NFL. Brian Tyms has been offered to play for the San Francisco 49ers and Kevin Elliott has been offered to play with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The offeres came oafter Elliott and Tyms wowed scouts at the annual FAMU pro timing day event. Elliot and Tyms stole the show at the on-campus combine, drawing all of the attention of the scouts by the end of the workout.
Elliott first turned heads with a 35" vertical leap, but Tyms would follow with a day's bet 38" vertical leap. The tall, shifty and athletic players have been working out since the end of the season in preparation for the event.
Taylor predicted at the conclusion of the pro day workout that Elliott and Tyms had garnered so much attention that they would really get a look. "When you see these guys perform on the big stage, it is an indication that they have been preparing for this day. I can't say that about all of our athletes today, but it certainly shows who has been getting ready for this date. It feels good to see that these guys have put themselves in position to get a shot at the next level," Taylor said.
Elliot is a 6'3", 210 lb athletic wide receiver from Orlando,FL. He attended Colonial High School, where he excelled at both football and track. He was the state high jump and triple jump champion his senior year .
He gained 709 all-purpose yard his senior year at FAMU. He has a good arm, which could be attractive to coaches. More importantly, he was a titan on special teams. He had six tackles this season, with two crushing hits on punt coverage. Special teams has been known to be a great avenue for athletes to get a shot in the NFL.
Tyms is a 6'3", 210 lb speedy receiver from Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Tyms, who hadn't played football extensively in high school, really began to blossom near the end of his senior season. Known as a great route runner, Tyms' leaping ability will be an asset to him as he works to get a spot on the 49ers' roster. Tyms caught 38 passes for 538 yards in 2011. He also scored three touchdowns for the Rattlers this season.