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Sanchez throws to buddy at Colorado

3/9/2011

Mark Sanchez, who narrowly avoided surgery on his right shoulder, must be feeling pretty good these days because Wednesday he served as the personal quarterback for a childhood friend at the Colorado Pro Day.

Sanchez's friend is wide receiver Scotty McKnight, the school's all-time leading receiver with 215 catches. They grew up together in Coto de Caza, Calf., and have remained friends.

What did Sanchez do at the Pro Day? According to the Denver Post, he threw passes to McKnight, who ran routes and worked out with other Colorado players in front of NFL scouts.

This sort of thing isn't uncommon. For instance, Fordham TE Stephen Skelton invited his older brother, Cardinals QB John Skelton, to throw to him Tuesday at his Pro Day.

What makes Sanchez's bullpen session a bit interesting is his shoulder. He banged up his throwing shoulder late in the season and played the final six games (if you count him cameo against the Bills in the meaningless regular-season finale) with the injury.

About 10 days after the Jets' loss in the AFC Championship Game, Sanchez was relieved to announce that doctors informed him he didn't need surgery. He said doctors prescribed a regimen of rehab exercises and stretching. He threw lightly about a week after the season ended.

So Sanchez's Pro Day session should be good news for Jets fan. As for his friend, McKnight ran 4.46 and 4.48 times in the 40, according to the Denver Post. Scouting services rate him as a likely undrafted free agent.

UPDATE: Here's a good read from the Denver Post on Sanchez's friendship with McKnight.