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Illini players improve 40 times at pro day

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Illinois held its annual pro timing day on Wednesday, and eight players participated in drills witnessed by 28 NFL scouts.

It was a good day for the Davises, Vontae and Will, both of whom improved their 40-yard dash times from the NFL combine. Cornerback Vontae Davis ran a blistering 4.35 in the 40, which could boost his draft stock, while defensive end Will Davis ran a 4.83.

Wide receiver Will Judson ran a 4.31 40 on his first attempt, and linebacker Brit Miller, a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year, twice ran a 4.56.

Complete results from pro day will be posted later today on the team's official Web site.

An interesting nugget: former Illinois running back Walter Mendenhall, who transferred to Illinois State, attended Illinois' pro timing day. Mendenhall's younger brother, Rashard, the 2007 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Illinois, lashed out at the program last summer, though he said it didn't have much to do with Illinois' treatment of Walter.