NOTES AND QUOTES for a Wednesday in the Napa Valley:
Free safety John Boyett will be at the University of Oregon pro day on Thursday. The Napa High School graduate is still recovering from season-ending surgeries on both knees and won’t be able to run or do any on-field drills.
However, he will participate in interviews with personnel from NFL teams who will be on hand.
Boyett had a very good showing at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis last month.
He finished second among all safeties with 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press. But he was not able to take part in any of the on-field work — 40-yard dash, 20- and 60-yard shuttles, the 3-cone drill, broad jump, vertical jump and positional work.
“I just want to make sure I get healed up,” Boyett said on the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard web site. “I’m not trying to impress somebody and then have that hurt me in the long run. … They know I can play football; they can see the film. I just need to show them I’m on track for being 100 percent.”
Boyett played in Oregon’s season opener last year, but missed the remainder of his senior season due to injuries. He went into the 2012 season having made 276 total tackles in 39 games.
He had two tackles and an interception in the Ducks’ win over Arkansas State in the 2012 opener.
“I know I’ll be 100 percent for camps,” Boyett said. “And going into this, that’s what I cared about, making sure I was 100 percent next season. Obviously I’d love to be able to show them I’m 100 percent at pro day or some time before the draft. But, really, all I care about is playing football.”
He was named to watch lists for the Bednarik Award (defense), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense) and Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) last year. He finished his Oregon career with nine interceptions.
The 2013 NFL Draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City April 25-27.
“Nowadays safeties have to be able to play multiple roles, and if you can only play one it hurts the integrity of the defense, with disguises and such. But I can play down, I can play deep. That’s one of my strengths.”
ESPN3 will provide coverage of Oregon’s pro day starting at 1:30 p.m.
Beginning today, ESPN3 will have coverage of seven NFL pro days across the SEC, Pac-12 and ACC conferences: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Georgia, Stanford, LSU and USC. Additionally, the Longhorn Network will carry the Texas pro day on March 26.
ESPN3 will televise Alabama’s pro day today at 8:30 a.m.
Stanford’s pro day on March 21 will be shown on ESPN3 at 11:15 a.m.
Napa Valley College is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class.
The deadline to nominate candidates is June 1. This year’s class will be honored at a date, time and location still to be announced.
There is a $20 cost to nominate and supporting documentation must accompany the nomination packet. Checks are to be made payable to Napa Valley College Foundation.
Athletes and coaches are eligible to be nominated. Those who have made service contributions to NVC athletics can also be nominated.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the Napa Valley College web site, www.napavalley.edu. Click on athletics, then click on Hall of Fame.
Nomination packets are to be mailed to Athletic Director, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa, CA 94558.
For more information, contact Kevin Luckey, NVC’s dean of Physical Education and Athletics, at 256-4514 or by email at KLuckey@napavalley.edu.
KVON-1440 AM will carry Justin-Siena High School’s Marin County Athletic League baseball game against San Marin-Novato on April 26. It’s a 4:30 p.m. start
Air time for the broadcast is 4 p.m.
The San Francisco Giants will host Japan, the defending champions of the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic, for an exhibition game on Thursday at Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona at 1:05 p.m.
Japan finished Pool “A” with a 2-1 record, having defeated Brazil and China to earn a berth in the World Baseball Classic second round.
Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-2223.