Dave Uyrus joined the Lions’ personnel department as an area scout in June 2000, and 2013 marks his 14th season with the club. Prior to joining the club’s scouting staff, Uyrus spent seven years (1994-2000) with New England. He started as their assistant director of pro scouting (1994-96) and then was director of pro scouting for three years (1997-99). Uyrus worked as a national scout for the Patriots in 2000.
Uyrus has been coaching and scouting in the collegiate and professional ranks for nearly 40 years, beginning with his first job in 1974 as freshman coach of his alma mater, Middlebury College. In 1975 he coached the varsity tight ends at Brown University and the following year he was an assistant coach at Lee High School in Lee, Massachusetts. He then joined Dick MacPherson’s staff at Massachusetts as a graduate assistant in 1977-78 before moving on to American International in 1979 and Merchant Marine Academy in 1980.
Following those stints, Uyrus then re-joined MacPherson’s staff at Syracuse in 1981. He spent 10 seasons (1981-90) with the Orangeman, six as the tight ends and special teams coach (1985-90). He moved into the professional ranks after MacPherson was named the head coach of the Patriots in 1991. He spent the 1991-92 campaigns as the Patriots’ assistant defensive line and special teams coach before coaching the tight ends and special teams at Cornell in 1993.
As a player, Uyrus earned honorable mention Little All-American, All-ECAC and All-New England Small College honors as a junior at Middlebury.
He and his wife, Heidi, have two daughters: Haley and Gwendolyn.
Joique Bell proved last year he could carry the load for the Lions' run game if needed and he might be called upon to do so this season.
The Lions had running back Tevin Coleman, who was a big-play threat waiting to happen for the Indiana Hoosiers, in for a pre-draft visit Thursday.
Martin Mayhew explained there were several reasons the Lions blocked the Bears request to interview Jim Bob Cooter for their offensive coordinator opening.
Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. appreciates his father's advice as he goes through the pre-draft process, including a visit to the Lions' training facility Wednesday.
Indiana RB Tevin Coleman, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his toe surgery and being unable to run at the event.
Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his decision to leave school early for the draft and his days playing soccer.