Pullum showing skills at U.S. Army football combine

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 08:15 PM

Earlier this week, Jerry Pullum was on the basketball court helping Lee County win the Yellow Jacket Holiday Basketball Classic with three victories in four nights.

On Thursday, Pullum was back on a football field - in the Alamodome in San Antonio, along with about 300 more of the best junior football players in the nation.

Pullum is proving and improving his skills at the U.S. Army Football Junior Combine which is part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an all-star game for many of the highest-recruited seniors in the country which will be played on national television Saturday afternoon.

The junior combine is a pre-NFL Draft style combine. Of course it's an outstanding chance for the underclassmen to be noticed by recruiters. At the same time, the combine and other activities Thursday-Saturday in San Antonio are meant to benefit the kids who still have a year-and-a-half of high school to go.

Pullum and his fellow juniors will be in a seminar, take part in the Army Strong Zone, seeing the bowl game Saturday, along with the 40-yard dash, short shuttle run, vertical jump and one-on-one competition in the combine.

The combine, according to the All-American Bowl's website, "allows juniors to see how they match up against the nation's best, and how much they must improve."

Pullum was Lee County's dominant playmaker all season, and named first-team all-conference at running back, as the Yellow Jackets went 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference.

Pullum, a 6-foot, 197-pound back, rushed for 1,775 yards, at 9.1 yards per carry, and 28 touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown and threw a touchdown while moving over to quarterback on a few occasions.