Former Panther Standout Shows Off Skills At Cal Pro Day
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // March 19, 2015
first player in the history of FIT football to participate in a pro day
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Florida Tech wide receiver Xavier Milton, the reigning Gulf South Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, had the opportunity to display his skill set and measurables to NFL scouts on Tuesday at a pro day hosted by the University of California in Berkley, California.
The Alameda, California native is the first player in the history of FIT football to participate in a pro day, just adding to the long list of milestones the sure-handed receiver has registered for the program.
Milton recapped his strong showing in the Golden State.
“The experience was great but also a lot of hard work,” said Milton.
“We ran the 40-yard dash, the broad jump, the vertical test, the 10-yard shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle. It was a great experience for me. I probably made a few mistakes but I feel like I caught the ball well and ran hard. I gave it my best. I just thank Jesus for the opportunity.”
Panther wide receivers coach Austin Silvoy made the trip along with Milton and shared similar views.
“Xavier performed well,” said Silvoy.
“He had a really good wide receiver workout that was put on by Oakland Raiders wide receivers coach Rob Moore and was able to work along Cal’s top receiver, Chris Harper. He caught the ball and got in and out of his routes really well. I think he showed some really good things to the scouts that were there.”
“There were probably about 22 teams that showed up. People were definitely talking about him since only a few teams knew he would be there. They were pleasantly surprised with his performance.”
Milton, as expected, was extremely humble about having the honor of making another Panther first.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “I never thought I’d be the first-ever at a school, especially a big school like this. To be able to accomplish these goals and achievements is a big deal to me. I wouldn’t be able to do it without my family and my friends at Florida Tech. They kept me on a positive path.”
Although he’s the first, Silvoy certainly doesn’t think that Milton will be the last Panther to test out at a pro day.
“I think it’s great,” Silvoy said of Milton’s showing. “It shows that we have some great athletes who can do some special things at the next level. It should be a long standing tradition for Florida Tech to be able to put guys into the NFL or other pro leagues.”
For the time being, Milton will keep working to improve himself and his professional stock while staying in his native California.
As for his former teammates, the Panthers resumed spring practice on Tuesday in preparation for the March 28th Spring Game, which will be held at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium at 2 p.m. ET.
The Spring Game will be free and open to the public.