Schofield, Graham taken in 4th round

first_imgUW\’s O\’Brien Schofield was drafted 130th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2010 NFL Draft.[/media-credit]Former Wisconsin captain O’Brien Schofield knew his torn ACL during senior bowl practices greatly affected his draft stock. He went from a first- or second-round pick in mock drafts to a potential undrafted free agent when his cleat got caught and his left knee turned the wrong way.But after a stellar senior season where he recorded 12 sacks and was second in the nation in tackles for loss, Schofield also knew it only took one team to take a chance on him.And in the fourth round, with the 130th selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals took that chance.“It’s a privilege to get picked this high by a team,” Schofield said in a conference call with reporters. “The Arizona Cardinals taking a chance on me, knowing the person that I am, know that I’ll work hard to get back and produce on the field.”Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks the organization got “first-round talent” with its fourth round selection and Schofield’s accomplishments could not be ignored.“It comes to a point that you can’t ignore the grade that we had on him, and you can’t ignore the production,” Whisenhunt said at the post-draft press conference.The Cardinals appear to be a great fit for Schofield who projects as an outside linebacker at the next level. But before he finds a spot in their 3-4 scheme, Schofield must rehab his knee injury.Scouts believed the torn ACL would rule Schofield out for the 2010 season, but the ex-Badger is determined to make an early impact.“I was told midway through camp I should be able to start doing some things with contact,” Schofield said in the conference call. ” I’m really planning on trying to play this year; I want to go real hard on my rehab to get ready for the 2010 season.”Arizona general manager Rod Graves knew the risks accompanying Schofield’s injured knee, but the Cardinals’ staff is confident he will return with no limitations.“We certainly discussed his injury,” Graves said at the post-draft press conference. “When you look back at the ACLs that we’ve had and the progress we’ve had bringing those players back, we felt like the risk is not like it used to be in respect to those types of injuries.”It’s been a long and stressful few months for Schofield, who thought his career was over after his injury. But behind strong faith and the support of his collegiate family, Schofield remained focused on his NFL dream.“I just had to stay positive. My faith in God really helped me out. I felt like my career was over,” Schofield said in the conference call. “I went back to school and my coaches, teammates, other players in the Big Ten were calling and encouraging me to keep working.”Graham joins Daniels in HoustonYears ago, Owen Daniels took high school senior Garrett Graham on a tour of the Wisconsin campus on his recruiting visit.Now, six years later, Daniels once again will serve as Graham’s tour guide — this time in Houston.“I know quite a bit about Owen Daniels. I was a freshman when he was a senior at Wisconsin. I followed him quite a bit,” Graham said in a conference call with reporters. “He is a great guy to watch and definitely be a great guy to learn under.”The first Badger picked in the draft, Graham was selected in the fourth round by the Houston Texans, and the former UW captain will get a chance to learn behind the 2008 pro bowl tight end, who was also a fourth round pick after graduating from Wisconsin.Texans head coach Gary Kubiak now hopes to have similar success with another Badger tight end.“We think [Graham] is a fine player. We had a little luck catching a fourth-round tight end out of Wisconsin a few years ago so this kid kind of reminds us of Owen,” Kubiak said in a post-draft press conference. “Owen knows the young man and spoke very highly of him. He does a lot of things well. He’s been a captain and been very respected; he is the type of kid we’re looking for.”Graham joins an explosive Texans offense led by quarterback Matt Schaub, wide receiver Andre Johnson and Daniels, who is recovering from a knee injury, and the New Jersey native is excited about his future in Houston.“I’m just grateful to get the opportunity to play in the NFL and have a great opportunity to go to a franchise like the Texans,” Graham said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m just really looking forward to it.”Maragos and Stehle sign free agent dealsSchofield and Graham may have been the only Badgers drafted, but several other Badgers will get a chance to make an NFL roster.Former UW captain, Chris Maragos, signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.Defensive tackle Jeff Stehle signed with the Denver Broncos and linebacker Jaevery McFadden will work out for the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins over the next two weeks.–Editor’s Note: The original printed version of this story had Jaevery McFadden having signed with the Washington Redskins on Sunday based on several sources posting such information. We have since confirmed that he has only scheduled workouts with the Redskins as well as the Minnesota Vikings. We regret the error.last_img read more

Center for Business & Innovation Satellite Office Opens in Yelm

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin1Submitted by City of YelmThe Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) and the South Thurston Economic Development Council (STEDI) launched a Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) satellite office in partnership with the City of Yelm. The satellite office is open 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Yelm City Hall.“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the City of Yelm & the Yelm Chamber of Commerce to help support and grow their local businesses! We love to work alongside cities and chambers to help start and foster sustainable businesses that become key parts of the local community. We know business owners are loaded down with so much to do these days, we hope that by locating our services closer to them we will be able to support them better,” Kaylee Purcell Director CB&I said.The CB&I exists to support people from the idea phase of starting a business to scaling a successful medium size business with up to 100 employees. We offer one-on-one coaching, workshops, and additional resources to help start, grow, and streamline business development. CB&I resources include Washington Center for Women in Business, Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Senior Core of Retired Executives, Small Business Development Centers, and STEDI.“We are looking forward to the strengthening our partnership with the Center for Business & Innovation by opening this satellite office in Yelm,” Michael Grayum, City Administrator said. “The technical and strategic support they provide will help current and future businesses continue to thrive in our growing community.”In addition to the satellite office, the CB&I, City of Yelm, Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Center for Women in Business will hold two workshops: “Where’s My Money? A Cash Flow System to Help You Keep Your Profit and Sanity,” 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. September 18, and “How to Start a Business: A Step by Step Road Map to Start Your Successful Small Business,” 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. October 2. The workshops will take place in the Council Chambers at Yelm City Hall.“The Yelm Chamber is so excited to cement our partnership with the Economic Development Council and CB&I, and the City of Yelm, to ensure that business owners have the resources they need to thrive, right here in the heart of Yelm. We hope that business owners will take advantage of these benefits, visit the satellite office, and attend workshops that will take place.” said Line Critchfield, Executive Director of the Yelm Area Chamber of Commerce.The Satellite Office is open for walk-in visitors 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and scheduled appointments 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment contact Ryan Norskog, 360-464-6060 or email him at rnorskog@thurstonedc.com.For more information about the Thurston EDC CB&I Yelm Satellite office visit https://thurstonedc.com/cbi/ or contact George Sharp, Rural Program Manager at 360-464-6043 or gsharp@thurstonedc.com.Workshop DetailsWhere’s My Money?  A Cash Flow System to Help You Keep Your Profit and SanitySeptember 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Yelm City Hall Council Chambers, 106 Second St. SE, Yelm, WA 98597Inadequate cash flow closes more businesses than lack of profit. A small business can be making a profit each year and still not have enough cash flow to make ends meet (payroll and overhead) each month, and the first 5 years are your most vulnerable. In this 2-hour workshop we will work on an actual cash flow projection for the next year (so bring your pencil and paper/laptop),  and give you all of the tools to understand cash flow and how to protect your profit, manage for growth and slow periods, know when you should hire, fire, and/or hold your position. If you have been meaning to learn more about your finances, or if you are stressed every month over money, this workshop is for you! Both workshops are taught by Tawn Holstra Auston, Rural Business Coach for the Washington Center for Women in Business Rural Services Program.How to Start a Business:   A Step by Step Road Map to Start Your Successful Small Business!October 2, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Yelm City Hall Council Chambers, 106 Second St. SE, Yelm, WA 98597If you have a small business and are in your first year, or if you want to start a business, you can come and have all your questions answered, address your concerns/problems/sticking points, and start to strategize for the next 12 months. You can be making money in your business within a few months and design a road map for your success! A year from now, you will wish you started today.About the Thurston Economic Development Council and Center for Business & Innovation: The Thurston Economic Development Council has been supporting a strong economy in Thurston County since 1982 with a mission to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand. We work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance, and providing advocacy on their behalf. We present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations. We actively attract investment and employment opportunities into our region through outreach, promotion and trade missions.last_img read more