Former Mountaineer FB/TE Will Johnson graduated from WVU in 2011 and played out his eligibility in the Champs Sports Bowl. He was out of football for a year until he put on an impressive showing at WVU’s Pro-Day last month in front of NFL coaches and scouts. One of the head coaches at the event was Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson impressed the Steelers’ head coach well enough that the team signed him to a contract.
Now another former Mountaineer who graduated at the same time Johnson did is trying to follow a similar path. Scott Kozlowski graduated from the WVU football team in 2010 and has been involved in coaching high school players involved in special teams while getting his Masters’ degree from WVU. However, his dream of playing in the NFL never went away.
He participated in various camps, and was eventually invited to a Regional Combine at the New York Jets facility. He impressed scouts well enough that he received an invite to a Super Regional Combine at Ford Field in Detroit. He had a chance to punt the ball eight times, hoping to make an even greater impression.
“I think I did pretty well,” Kozlowski said Friday. “I definitely finished in the top two, but the one guy [Robert Malone] who kicked just as well as I did already has NFL experience. He’s been on and off of teams. He punted at Fresno State when I came out in 2010, he was at Tampa Bay for 13 games and then he kicked for Detroit, so he has some rookie experience.”
Kozlowski said he punted several times for over 50 yards and landed three pooch punts inside the 5-yard line. He also said he did well on the Wonderlic test and showed scouts how much he has improved his technique since graduating.
“A whole bunch of family members and friends on Facebook are asking what’s going to happen now,” Kozlowski said, “and I’m like basically it’s a waiting game now.”