2016 Team Combine: Who Were The Top Performers?

Last weekend the Oxford Saints returned to preseason training, starting 3 weeks earlier then in 2015.

To kick off 2016, Week 1 was the Team Combine, an annual event held for all rookies and veterans.

Following two successful Rookie Sessions in November and December, the Team Combine was well attended with 73 individuals taking part in the numerous drills.

Back in the excellent 3G Dome at the Oxford Academy, players were divided into groups and rotated around 5 stations. The session ended with an hour of offense and defense unit drills, looking at fundamental skills for each position group.

This session was not considered a ‘Try Out’ for the team, but an opportunity for coaching staff to evaluate the 2016 squad, look at attitudes, identify areas for improvement and for players to show what they can do.

Below we’ve put together the top 5 performers at each station:

20-yard shuttle

20 Yard Shuttle

The 20 yard shuttle drill measures change of direction, agility and the ability for a player to be explosive off the mark.

Most if not all football positions require players to be quick over a short area and be able to change direction with speed and precision.

2016 Leaders:

GAIN, David (rookie RB/WR) – 4.18

WALTER, James (veteran RB/TE) – 4.20

DUNSTAN, James (veteran DB) – 4.24

BEARMAN, Michael (veteran DB) 4.25

SWIFT, Tom (veteran WR)


60 Yard Shuttle

The 60 yard shuttle drill is another great test of acceleration, quickness in changing direction and anaerobic endurance, over a longer test.

Breaking down and making fast, controlled turns are crucial for most positions.

2016 Leaders:

GAIN, David (rookie RB/WR) – 11.15

WILLIAMS, Jason (rookie WR) – 11.22

BEARMAN, Michael (veteran DB) – 11.28

SWIFT, Tom (veteran WR) – 11.62

ARMSTRONG, Sam (veteran WR) – 11.65


40-yard dash

40 Yard Dash

The 40 yard dash is probably the most well known of all combine-style tests. Most important for receivers, running backs and defensive backs,  the test gives a baseline for how fast a player is.

Ideally the time would be measured at 10 yard intervals as the rate of acceleration and how long it takes a player to hit their top speed is key.

2016 Leaders:

GAIN, David (rookie RB/WR) – 4.50

SWIFT, Tom (veteran WR) – 4.66

MAULDING, Destin (rookie WR) – 4.66

WILLIAMS, Jason (rookie WR) – 4.72

GIBBS, Adam (veteran DB) – 4.81


Broad Jump

The broad jump is another great way to measure how explosive a player can be. This test evaluates a players ability to explode out of their stance and propel their body forward, a vital skill for football.

2016 Leaders:

GAIN, David (rookie RB/WR) – 2.84m

WILLIAMS, Jason (rookie WR) – 2.84m

SWIFT, Tom (veteran WR) – 2.75m

GIBBS, Adam (veteran DB) – 2.73m

ARMSTRONG, Sam (veteran WR) – 2.71m



60 KG Bench Press

A new test for the Oxford Saints combine, the bench press measures strength and endurance. Players are required to complete as many reps as they can under supervision of a qualified fitness instructor.

2016 Leaders:

BENTLEY, Stephen (veteran RB/LB) – 45

HOLMES, Calvin (veteran LB) – 40

WALTER, James (veteran RB/TE) – 37

WILLIAMS, Jason (rookie WR) – 36

WRIGHT, George (veteran DE) – 33