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Noel Devine Will Work Out at WVU Pro Day


Last year, it was Pat White. This year, it is Noel Devine.

West Virginia University's Pro Day is not only an opportunity for recent graduates to perform anymore, but also a second chance for some of the program's biggest names.

Late Wednesday night, Devine returned to his college campus with plans to show off for NFL scouts on Friday morning. It has been four years since he had his Pro Day following his senior season at WVU, but he believes he is even more prepared now than he was back then.

"When I did come out, I had an ankle injury, so my mind was kind of wrapped up in that," Devine told WVI on Thursday. "To get a second chance to do the Pro Day, I'm thankful and I'm blessed for the opportunity. I'm prepared and I'm ready to take advantage of it."

Devine, who flirted with the idea of leaving college early to enter the NFL Draft, watched the entire selection process go by without hearing his name. For a YouTube sensation who came to Morgantown with such big aspirations, it was a humbling experience to see 254 other athletes come off of the board and know that the 32 league teams did not desire Devine.

"That was my dream, so I felt like I had fallen short," said Devine.

The Philadelphia Eagles brought Devine into their camp, but he left after just two days with the team. He admits that the blow of missing out on being drafted was part of the reason he did not stick it out, but there was more on his mind.

"When I had the opportunity with the Eagles, I felt like it was bad timing for me. My mind was devastated from the death of a close friend," said Devine.

His next opportunity would not come in the NFL, but rather the CFL. The Canadian Football League.

"It was a blessing in disguise for me that I had the opportunity to play in the CFL. It's a great game, a fast and explosive game," said Devine, noting the differences in the Canadian game. "I got converted to a hybrid, which is a receiver-slash-running back, so it's only going to better me to give me an opportunity to make a team."

Current Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was head coach of the Montreal Alouettes when Devine first came to the team. Devine is hopeful that the link between the two could possibly serve to open doors as he tries to convince the NFL that he has grown as a person and as a player since his first brief stint in the league.

"My heart has always been in the game, it was just a little detour, so here I am," said Devine. "I'm ready to see what happens and I'm prepared."

Devine has been training with other Mountaineer standouts at Barwis Methods, a training facility in Michigan run by former WVU strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis.

He has been working on strength, speed, agility and other drills that would translate well to a workout in front of NFL representatives. Barwis coached Devine in his freshman year in Morgantown, so the familiarity has helped him make big strides in a short amount of time.

While training at Barwis Methods, Devine has been roommates with his old WVU quarterback, Pat White. The two have pushed each other to work toward their individual goals in football, wherever that takes them.

Devine accompanied White to Morgantown a year ago when White took his crack at a second Pro Day, but the running back was unable to work out since he was currently under contract with the CFL.

"They didn't allow Pat or [former WVU wideout] Alric Arnett go through everything," said Devine. "All I remember them doing was running routes and everything. They didn't run a 40, they didn't lift, they didn't jump."

Still, White's performance at least got his name back in NFL circles and ultimately landed him a job with the Washington Redskins through the preseason.

Now Devine is looking for similar results and most importantly, that second chance. To have this opportunity where it all began back in Morgantown is the perfect setting for what he hopes will be positive results. 

"This is where my roots are at, this is where I started at and I'm excited," said Devine. "I'm pumped for it. I feel like I'm back at home, so I'm ready. I don't have anything to lose, but I'm prepared to take my shot."

Through all of the highs and lows of the past four years, Devine says the fans – back in West Virginia and at home in Florida – have kept him going.

"They still want to see Devine," he said. "I want to give them what they want to see." 

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