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2011 NFL Combine: Boston College's Mark Herzlich Struggles In 40-Yard Dash

Boston College senior linebacker Mark Herzlich was the center of attention on Monday at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Coming off of his first season back after his full recovery from Ewing’s Sarcoma, Herzlich said that he was “100 percent” and was ready to participate in the Combine.

“I think I’m back too,” he responded. “I’ve progressed, and I think everyone saw my progression week to week during the season. A lot of people don’t understand, I haven’t had an offseason yet to get my strength back, my speed back. My first practice was three days before my first game. This month that I’ve had off, the gains I’ve made have been incredible so far.” (via BC Interruption)

Unfortunately, Herzlich didn’t get off to a good start in the Combine, as his time in the 40-yard dash was in the high-4.8 to mid-4.9 range, according to Rotoworld.

The times won’t alleviate concerns that Ewing’s Sarcoma cost Herzlich foot speed. A playmaker at Boston College, Herzlich still managed to create six turnovers (four INTs, two FFs) as a senior, his first season back after defeating bone cancer. He projects as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

Herzlich, a 6’4", 244-pound Wayne, Pennsylvania native, won the Rudy Award and the ACC Brian Piccolo Award in his senior season at BC. He finished the season with 65 tackles (50 solo) in 13 games.

In four years at Boston College, Herzlich totaled 314 tackles, 11 interceptions and seven forced fumbles.