Villanova running back Kevin Monangai and offensive lineman Vince Kowalski worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles this morning, according to his teammate Austin Medley. They joined lineman Ross Hall at the local combine that brought in graduating players from the Philadelphia area to show Chip Kelly's staff what they can do.
Monangai is a strong runner who can generate a lot of push to fight for yardage, with his feet seemingly never stopping until he's on the ground. Perhaps the strongest skill position players for the Wildcats' offense, his style is comparable to the Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch, a player he admires and tries to emulate. While Lynch checks in at 5'11" and 230-pounds, Monangai is listed by Villanova at 5'8" and 209-pounds.
He's a gym rat in the offseason, often posting videos of his personal record lifts -- numbers that reminds comparably-sized fans not to try this at home.
As a senior, he rushed for 1,138 yards and 12 touchdowns on 222 attempts and added three scores and 103 yards as a receiver. He finished his career with 3,167 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns at Villanova. He had 13 100-yard rushing games in his career, good for third all-time at the school, behind just Brian Westbrook (22) and John Robertson (15).
Offensive tackle Vince Kowalski also participated in the workout. The Wildcats' starting right tackle was named to the All-CAA Football First Team, and had started for the team since his freshman year. Teams will likely be interested in his improvement from winning a starting job as an undersized freshman in 2011 to a first team all-conference selection as a senior, as well as his streak of 48 consecutive starts.