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Flanders ready for NFL Combine, draft

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 01:02

Tim Flanders football

Alex Broussard | The Houstonian

Running back Tim Flanders has been the backbone of SHSU’s offense for the past four seasons. He will participate at the 2014 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Timothy Flanders garnered fame at Sam Houston State University as the star running back for the Bearkats from 2010 to 2013.

Flanders completed his final snap in the Bearkat uniform against Southeastern Louisiana during the FCS Playoffs in December.

Now Flanders is looking to reel in fame on the national level. 

The All-American running back will highlight his skillset in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend.

Flanders is one of the Southland Conference’s most decorated players. He is the all-time rushing leader in the league’s history, breaking the school’s records in rushing touchdowns and rushing yards in the process. Flanders took the all-time Southland conference record this past season with a career total of 5,664 rushing yards, passing Southwest Texas’ Claude Mathis.

Flanders totaled 1,430 yards in 2013.

Flanders fueled the 2011-12 and 2012-13 national championship finalists as a sophomore and junior respectively, but he takes no credit for his unrivaled success at SHSU. Flanders said he gives credit to his teammates getting him to this point.

“It feels good, it’s an honor, and I feel like it’s one of, if not the biggest, interviews of my life,” Flanders said. “I owe credit to all my teammates and coaches from last season.”

During his time at SHSU, Flanders was a two-time Walter Payton finalist, two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year, four-time Southland Conference Player of the Week, and a handful of All American honors.

Flanders is a projected fifth-round draft pick by most scouts, which considering the size of SHSU and the competition level versus other major prospects from bigger schools, is a fair assessment. Although that’s not the case for the soon-to-be former Bearkat, who seems to be going into the combine with somewhat of a chip on his shoulder.

“I was told no matter where you played at, just play like you’re the best player on the field,” Flanders said. “It also helped that I had a good week at the East-West Shrine game, but I want to show up and run good times, run clean drills and give good interviews.”

He will travel to the combine this weekend hoping to impress any of the 32 teams that will be present at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“If they draft me, they’re going to get a player that has great vision that can also play multiple positions on offense and special teams,” Flanders said. “I also want to be known as a great team player and a student in the meeting room trying to get better and help win games.”

He won’t be alone as he will also be trying to gain advantage over 300 top prospects hailing from the nation’s NCAA football powerhouses.

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