The Wolf Pack, coming off its greatest season in history in 2010, going 13-1, winning the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and ranked No. 11 in the nation, sent three athletes to Indianapolis in 2011 that made Scouting Combine history.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, tight end Virgil Green and defensive lineman Dontay Moch set standards that remain among the best of all-time in Combine history. Wolf Pack running back Vai Taua also fared well at the 2011 Combine, finishing in the Top Ten for running backs in the 3-cone drill (6.89), 20-yard shuttle (4.18) and 60-yard shuttle (11.57).
But it was Moch, Green and Kaepernick that put their stamp on the combine forever.
Kaepernick's time of 4.53 in the 40-yard dash was second at the 2011 combine behind Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor, who ran a 4.51. Kaepernick's 40 time is still ranked sixth in Combine history. Reggie McNeal of Texas A&M set the standard for quarterbacks with a 4.35 in 2006.
Kaepernick also ranked 11th among quarterbacks in 2011 in the vertical jump (32.5 inches), 14th in the broad jump (9-7), eighth in the 3-cone drill (6.85) and ninth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.18).
Green had arguably the best Combine for a Wolf Pack player ever.
The tight end finished first among all tight ends in the vertical jump (42.5 inches) and broad jump (130 inches), was second in the 60-yard shuttle (11.63), third in the 40-yard dash (4.64), fourth in the 3-cone drill (6.9) and eighth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.40).
His vertical jump is still the second best all-time behind just Dorin Dickerson of Pittsburgh, who had a vertical leap of 43.5 in 2010. Green's broad jump is third in Combine history behind Dustin Keller of Purdue in 2008 and Michael Egnew of Missouri in 2012, who both jumped 131 inches. Green's 3-cone time is 13th in Combine history.
Moch was also amazing at the 2011 Combine.
The speedy defensive end finished first among all defensive linemen at the Combine in three events: 40-yard dash (4.44), vertical leap (42 inches) and broad jump (128 inches). He was also 10th in the 3-cone drill (7.09) and 15th in the 20yard shuttle (4.38).
Moch's vertical leap remains the best in Combine history, tied with Mark Anderson of Alabama in 2006. Moch's 40 time is still second all-time in Combine history behind the 4.43 by Manny Lawson of North Carolina State in 2006. Moch's broad jump is second in history behind Kamerion Wimbley of Florida State in 2006 (129 inches).