|Sources: Patriots at LSU today to work out Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Russell Shepard|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, April 8, 2013 at 11:42 am ET
Bill Belichick Profile
The New England Patriots have sent running backs coach Ivan Fears to LSU today to audition running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford as well as wide receiver Russell Shepard, according to sources close to the athletic department.
Ware is a junior entry, a 5-foot-10, 228-pounder coming off a left hamstring injury.
At his campus Pro Day workout, he bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times and had a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 9-11 broad jump, a 4.27 20-yard shuttle and a 7.28 three-cone drill.
Ware led the Tigers in rushing in 2011, but had 91 carries for 358 yards last season.
As a sophomore, he rushed for 707 yards and seven touchdowns and was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.
Ford is a speedy 5-10, 210-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 10-10 broad jump and a 4.25 20-yard shuttle with a 6.87 three-cone drill.
He rushed for 2,953 yards and 29 touchdowns as a high school senior in Louisiana.
At LSU, he rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in 2010 with 756 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011 and 392 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Shepard is a 6-1, 196-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds with a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-2 broad jump.
He also worked out at defensive back.
Shepard declared early for the draft after catching just 14 passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.
Shepard was suspended early in the season.
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