Cyprien, Williams Headed to NFL Scouting Combine
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2/7/2013 1:00:00 PM

Miami, Fla. (FIUSports.com) – FIU strong safety Johnathan Cyprien and defensive end Tourek Williams have been invited to Indianapolis, Ind., to participate in the annual NFL Scouting Combine, to be held Feb. 20-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The event is a showcase for top NFL prospects, and features approximately 333 players who are put through a series of physical and mental tests, in addition to interviews by NFL teams.

Cyprien is coming off an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., where he gained much notice through media and fans. Many NFL Draft analysts have cited Cyprien as one of the Draft’s top safety prospects available. Williams recently played in the annual Texas vs. The Nation game on Feb. 2 in Allen, Texas and also drew notice to his NFL Draft potential.

Cyprien and Williams are the fourth and fifth FIU players to earn an invitation to NFL Scouting Combine and marks the second time the program has sent multiple players to a single NFL Scouting Combine. Former Panthers Antwan Barnes (2007), Chandler Williams (2007) and T.Y. Hilton (2012) have all participated, and subsequently drafted into the NFL.

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Cyprien, a North Miami Beach native, was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team this offseason after a standout senior year for the Panthers. The postseason recognition from the Sun Belt was the fourth in his collegiate career. He was named to the second-team his sophomore and junior seasons and honorable mention as a freshman. He was also tapped a First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference pick by the Phil Steele publication.

Widely-regarded as the top safety to ever play at FIU, Cyprien once again led the team in tackles in 2012 with 93, including FIU highs in solo stops (54) and assisted tackles (39). He also recorded a team-high four interceptions, along with five pass breakups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He started all 12 games in 2012, as well as every game the past three seasons (2010-12), and has started the most career games at safety at FIU (45), which is the third-most amount of starts at any position for a Panther.

His standout senior season also led to the re-writing of several defensive records that will stand for some time. Cyprien is now the school record holder for total tackles (365) [which also rank in the top four all-time in Sun Belt Conference history], solo tackles (213) and fumbles forced (six). He also ranks among the all-time best for pass breakups (second, 22), interceptions (fourth, 7), assisted tackles (fourth, 152) and fumbles recovered (fourth, 3).

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Williams is arguably one of the top defensive ends ever to play at FIU. The three-time All-Sun Belt Conference honoree and 2012 team captain started the most career games ever by a defensive lineman at FIU (39). In 2012, Williams led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles, going along with a career-high 46 total tackles (including 29 solo), two pass break-ups and three quarterback hurries. He finished his FIU tenure second to former Panther and current NFL San Diego Charger Antwan Barnes in career tackles for loss (45.5), yardage from TFLs (224), sacks (18.0) and yardage from sacks (155).

Following the 2012 season, despite a 3-9 team mark, league coaches chose Williams onto the All-SBC Conference First-Team. The year-ending accolade was his third straight, after second-team recognition following the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Recognition was plenty for Williams surrounding his senior season in Miami, after beginning the campaign being voted the SBC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches and media, along with a spot on the 2012 Preseason All-SBC Team. He earned unanimous preseason All-SBC First-Team honors from Athlon’s, Blue Ribbon, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s and Phil Steele, as well as Lindy’s No. 1 NFL talent in the Sun Belt Conference.

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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports. Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

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