MOBILE, Ala. — Jack Doyle has been rewarded with an opportunity to showcase his talents among some of the nation’s best.
Doyle, a former Western Kentucky tight end, will take the field at 3 p.m. today for the North squad in the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
“Just want to play well,” he said. “I feel like I’ve had a good week of practice, and I’m just trying to carry that over to the game and do my job.”
Doyle is one of three tight ends on his team’s roster, joining Nick Kasa of Colorado and Ryen Otten of San Jose State. That means there will be plenty of snaps for the 6-foot-5-inch, 254-pound Indianapolis native to make an impression.
In his four seasons at WKU, Doyle caught 162 passes for 1,769 yards and eight scores. He developed the nickname “Mr. Reliable” from his teammates and coaches because of his work ethic and on-field performance.
Doyle is using the week to improve, not just show up and play.
“My blocking technique is something that I can improve on,” he said. “Can’t get away with some of the things I got away with in college. Just trying to focus on everything about my game.”
On Thursday, Doyle and his teammates practiced at Municipal Stadium in Fairhope, Ala. The 90-minute workout started with stretching, followed by positional workouts and 1-on-1 drills inside the red zone.
The team then ran a hurry-up scrimmage, with Doyle and Kasa getting the majority of the reps. Otten was battling illness.
Nick Holz, an offensive assistant for the Oakland Raiders, spent much of the day giving pointers to Doyle. The North squad is coached by the Raiders’ staff, and Holz spent one of his four years at Stanford with former Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart.
Doyle caught a 15-yard touchdown pass on an underneath route toward the end of the day before the team moved into special-teams work.
“You’re out there, it’s practice,” Doyle noted on the difference from WKU. “The tempo is definitely something you notice about it. They don’t mess around. They don’t get behind or anything like that. You get your work in and you get out. It’s been a great experience so far.”
Arriving Sunday, Doyle said there’s more to the week than practice. He’s spent time taking “psychology tests,” filling out “tons” of paperwork and meeting daily with NFL scouts from every organization.
Doyle hopes to be selected when the NFL draft begins April 25. He’s currently projected to be picked in the fifth to seventh rounds by scouting websites, which means Doyle knows he has more work to do.
“Yeah, I fly back to Indianapolis on Sunday morning, then Monday I’ll be back training at St. Vincent’s Sports Performance,” he said with a smile.