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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #100 on: December 14, 2017, 11:20:46 pm »

I think the OP was just suggesting that by having open tryouts you may just get a kid that is athletic, say in track, that you could use to add speed to your roster and maybe supplement your special teams play.   Looking at our roster last year, it was clearly evident we were lacking speed at numerous positions.  Sometimes a kid just goes through a growth spurt after getting to college and because of that they were overlooked.  No one is saying that having open tryouts are some magic formula.  You could hold them on one day, let your current players do the timing, drills, etc and let them evaluate whether any look promising enough to give them another look by the coaches.  Players know talent when they see it.  They play against it every game and practice.  Doesn't have to infringe on the coaches schedule or time.  Not saying I am endorsing the idea, but there are plenty of athletes that play other sports that could be impact players in football.  Since speed is a Major component of what Morris wants to do, having a tryout and getting some 40 times would seem to be a good way of seeing if there is some overlooked speed already on campus.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #101 on: December 15, 2017, 09:35:37 am »

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Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #102 on: February 17, 2018, 10:04:50 am »

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football program will hold a one-day tryout for enrolled students on Wednesday, March 1, at the Fred W. Smith Football Center.

The tryout is open only to full-time students at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus. Tryout participants must have played football in high school or college (letter of recommendation from high school and/or college coach preferred) and must bring their own football workout apparel and equipment.

Check-in and registration will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fred W. Smith Football Center lobby.

To participate, students must provide the following completed forms in advance of the tryout:
University of Arkansas Walk-On Tryout Form
University of Arkansas Tryout Medical Clearance Form (No other form will be accepted)
Sickle Cell Test Results
Proof of Insurance (if any) and a current copy of insurance card.

Please email the above required documentation prior to the registration/check-in to Will Landreth, Director of Compliance: wlandre@uark.edu.

You WILL NOT be allowed to try out if the above forms are not complete and on file with the University of Arkansas Sports Medicine Staff prior to the tryout.


Sickle Cell Test Results? Never heard of this being a requirement to play sports anywhere at any level. Is this new? I assume it is a requirement for black players only. Interesting.
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #103 on: February 17, 2018, 10:08:38 am »

Nothing new, the previous staff held them to get the numbers up for spring practice, too.
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #104 on: February 17, 2018, 10:12:00 am »

Original link where OP info was copy/pasted from, if anyone is interested: http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/walk-on-tryout-for-university-of-arkansas-students/

« Last Edit: February 18, 2018, 12:17:48 pm by NuttinItUp »
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #105 on: February 17, 2018, 10:12:52 am »

Nothing new, the previous staff held them to get the numbers up for spring practice, too.

I missed where anyone said it was something new.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #106 on: February 17, 2018, 10:14:08 am »

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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #107 on: February 17, 2018, 10:14:32 am »

I missed where anyone said it was something new.

And now we don't have to have a post asking if it is, you're welcome.
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #108 on: February 17, 2018, 10:17:18 am »

Rice, I think the "new" question was about the sickle cell clearance. Is that a new requirement?
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #109 on: February 17, 2018, 10:19:59 am »

Someone tell the coaches I'm running late, I'll be there when I get there.....I'm sure they'll understand. When they see me sling a 10 yd zinger, everyone will stop just to watch.
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #110 on: February 17, 2018, 10:22:20 am »

Rice, I think the "new" question was about the sickle cell clearance. Is that a new requirement?

Nope

https://www.medpagetoday.com/orthopedics/sportsmedicine/36947


Confirmation of sickle cell status will be required of all incoming student athletes in the 2013-2014 school year and for all athletes by 2014-2015. Mandatory sickle cell screening is already required by the NCAA in Division I and Division II athletes.

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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #111 on: February 17, 2018, 10:23:00 am »

I posted on the other thread. I still can't believe nobody has called me....I have eligibility left.

Drug tests aren't required, right?
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #112 on: February 17, 2018, 11:31:25 am »

I posted on the other thread. I still can't believe nobody has called me....I have eligibility left.

Drug tests aren't required, right?

I always wondered: if you are a player in a state where pot is legal, can they test you for it?

I know in the pros, they can have their own "workplace" rules which ban pot use, but college players are not paid employees.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #113 on: February 17, 2018, 04:10:18 pm »

I realize it was many years ago, but I received a minor scholly to play baseball at Ark Tech. I didn't know many Tech students but my best friend and fellow pitcher in High School was there.  This Kid had control on the mound.  He could throw 3 pitches on any count and put the ball near exactly where he intended on any count with decent velocity.   I had more speed and stamina than he had but no where near the control.  This Kid could have developed stamina and having come up through the Leagues in Chicago, he knew HOW to pitch.  He was coached by some major leaguers.  He could have played on those Tech teams.  Also another Kid from a nearby HS who could kick the hide off a football.  Very accurate on field goals with good distance.  Could kick deep on kickoffs.  No school had heard of any of us 3 potentials.  A coach who knew the Tech staff told them about me or I would have been a never heard of.  So I know years ago there was dozens of decent players who no one ever heard of except the locals.  And i realize times change.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #114 on: February 17, 2018, 04:29:31 pm »

Baker Mayfield was a walk on
He was a top 50 pro style QB in the country and started at Lake Travis in Austin. Much different scenario.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #115 on: February 17, 2018, 04:29:39 pm »

if that is what we are relying on to field a team, we are screwed.

the likelihood of finding an exceptional athlete that doesn't train or play sports...well even if you found one, they would have no training.  look at how  hard it was for froholt and he actually played some sports in high school

I have to disagree. There are tons of athletic guys on campus who could contribute. That being said, I think players who play a position are much more important than "athletes". Give me a linebacker. Give me a defensive back. Give me a receiver. Don't give me an athlete, give me someone who is good at the position they play on the field. Marvin Harrison wasn't a great athlete but he was one hell of a receiver. Bosworth wasn't a great athlete. Give me someone who knows the position he plays.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #116 on: February 17, 2018, 04:53:31 pm »

Way back in the day A&M fielded kick-off teams composed of non-scholarship students. 

I would think kickers and punters might show up and actually prove useful, especially soccer or rugby players.

http://www.myaggienation.com/history_traditions/12th_man/jackie-sherrill-brought-th-man-concept-to-a-m-s/article_962ad122-10ce-11e3-b113-0019bb2963f4.html

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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #117 on: February 17, 2018, 08:25:52 pm »

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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #118 on: February 17, 2018, 08:52:57 pm »


Sickle Cell Test Results? Never heard of this being a requirement to play sports anywhere at any level. Is this new? I assume it is a requirement for black players only. Interesting.

Why do you find this interesting?
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #119 on: February 17, 2018, 09:19:52 pm »

It’s a player safety issue and has been part of normal screening for some time.

Sickle Cell Trait
The NCAA Sport Science Institute is committed to the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes with sickle cell trait.

Sickle cell trait is not a disease; it is an inherited red blood cell condition that can affect athletes at all levels. While sickle cell trait is not a barrier to playing competitive sports, athletes with sickle cell trait have experienced significant physical distress, including collapse and death during intense exercise. Heat, dehydration, inadequate acclimatization, altitude and asthma can increase the risk for medical complications in athletes with sickle cell trait.

Through awareness, education and proper physical conditioning under the supervision of a primary athletics health care provider, athletes with sickle cell trait may safely achieve outstanding athletic performance.

http://www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/sickle-cell-trait

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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #120 on: February 18, 2018, 08:41:45 am »

I always wondered: if you are a player in a state where pot is legal, can they test you for it?

I know in the pros, they can have their own "workplace" rules which ban pot use, but college players are not paid employees.

Good question....,I really don't know.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2018, 09:21:07 am »

Good question....,I really don't know.

You're up early.  Getting in shape for tryouts or getting ready for church?

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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #122 on: February 18, 2018, 09:54:10 am »

sometimes you can get former track kids to try out and the kids who played in basketball only schools offer possibilities at WR , TE , and DB . And like they said , some soccer and rugby kids are tough enough to play. especially on special teams and as walk ons they cost nothing
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Re: Walk-on tryouts
« Reply #123 on: February 18, 2018, 10:33:42 am »

Why do you find this interesting?
Because I was not aware of it being a health issue for college football players or other college athletes.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #124 on: February 18, 2018, 10:33:51 am »

so it looks like they tried the idea out and didn't find it worthy to continue.

IOW the athletic dept agrees with me that it is a waste of time

I'm not certain, but I think that most every P-5 school conducts walk-on tryouts. There isn't anything wrong with having them. The odds of finding someone who is going to be a real contributor is small, but you never know. Who knows, you might find a kid who is a great kicker or punter who was just completely overlooked in the recruiting process. It is possible to find another player who could contribute eventually, but probably less likely. One thing is for certain though, if you don't give them a shot, even in a one day workout, you'll never know if you missed someone or not.

Is it worth the time it take to conduct one tryout? Sure it is. If not, most schools wouldn't waste the time.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #125 on: February 18, 2018, 10:38:37 am »

You're up early.  Getting in shape for tryouts or getting ready for church?

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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #126 on: February 18, 2018, 12:42:34 pm »

Spotted Broyles on a couple of occasions in the early 70's lurking around the intramural fields during our dorm football tournaments. Always wondered if he was scouting for undiscovered talent. Some of those guys were pretty good.

Yeah, we got torched by a scholarship quarterback who had quit the football team.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #127 on: February 18, 2018, 12:45:15 pm »

Dr. Tom did it at Nebraska for years.
Maybe some track studs, I'm thinking. Wouldn't cost much to kick the tires.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #128 on: February 18, 2018, 01:01:19 pm »

sometimes you can get former track kids to try out and the kids who played in basketball only schools offer possibilities at WR , TE , and DB . And like they said , some soccer and rugby kids are tough enough to play. especially on special teams and as walk ons they cost nothing


Seems like track, basketball, soccer/rugby, etc. athletes would be good ones to get. It makes me wonder why they put this part into the tryouts announcement (link):

"Tryout participants must have played football in high school or college (letter of recommendation from high school and/or college coach preferred) and must bring their own football workout apparel and equipment."
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #129 on: February 18, 2018, 01:05:38 pm »

Seems like track, basketball, soccer/rugby, etc. athletes would be good ones to get. It makes me wonder why they put this part into the tryouts announcement (link):

"Tryout participants must have played football in high school or college (letter of recommendation from high school and/or college coach preferred) and must bring their own football workout apparel and equipment."

So that they understand the concepts of routes, field positions, drills rotation etc.. more than anything.

Can't have a soccer kid walk up and not understand they want to test him with Dbacks and he walks out with the Dline group
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #130 on: February 18, 2018, 01:08:32 pm »

So that they understand the concepts of routes, field positions, drills rotation etc.. more than anything.

Can't have a soccer kid walk up and not understand they want to test him with Dbacks and he walks out with the Dline group

I would imagine most current kickers/punters on college football teams would not understand those concepts. Not sure why it would be a requirement for soccer kids trying out to kick/punt.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #131 on: February 18, 2018, 01:10:10 pm »

So that they understand the concepts of routes, field positions, drills rotation etc.. more than anything.

Can't have a soccer kid walk up and not understand they want to test him with Dbacks and he walks out with the Dline group

I don't care which group a soccer kid walks out with as long as he can be accurate on FG's from 40 yards out or more or has a hang time on a punt of 4-5 seconds.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #132 on: February 18, 2018, 01:45:30 pm »

I could also see a kid who maybe sat out a year after he graduated HS, was burned out on football, got in college then started wanting again to play football and was pretty darn good. It's very possible he could "try-out" and end up contributing.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #133 on: February 18, 2018, 04:46:53 pm »

Good question....,I really don't know.

Hey, LZH if I notice someone with their fly open, I usually don't say anything.  But your profile pic is sideways.  Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to let you know in case that sort of thing might embarrass you.  And because I feel like I have to tilt my head to the left when I read your posts.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #134 on: February 18, 2018, 07:17:09 pm »

Burls  was a Nutt walkon!
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #135 on: February 18, 2018, 08:23:00 pm »

I don't care which group a soccer kid walks out with as long as he can be accurate on FG's from 40 yards out or more or has a hang time on a punt of 4-5 seconds.

Most soccer kids can also run routes mind you. My second child is a HS freshman and is quite the athlete here in DFW.. Not always about kicking.. Soccer players are some of the most gifted, smartest and Coordinated athletes around..
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #136 on: February 18, 2018, 09:38:49 pm »

Baker Mayfield was a walk on

And..... the greatest walk-on in all of college football history, Brandon Burlsworth, was a walk on..... at Arkansas!    your point?
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« Reply #137 on: February 18, 2018, 10:56:13 pm »

Burls  was a Nutt walkon!

He was a recruited walk-on for Ford.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #139 on: February 19, 2018, 12:06:10 am »

Has anyone mentioned the quarterback intramural young man who played for the Razorbacks for one game. We we did not have a scholarship quarterback that was not hurt or something along those lines. He really did pretty good given the circumstances. Thought i would never forget his name but have.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #140 on: February 19, 2018, 01:57:16 am »

Lol.  WEDNESDAY March 1.  Check your calendar. 
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #141 on: February 19, 2018, 02:57:44 am »

Well I know it worked at Nebraska.  At one time they had had 354 players selected in the NFL and 7% of those were walkons.  Some of you have watched the movie about the Eagles to many times because to walk on you had to have a  recommendation from your high school coach (so much for the chess club reference) and most were from smaller Nebraska high schools or late bloomers from bigger schools.  I M Hipp was probably the most famous because of his position (RB)  and his name but others went on to be in the pro bowl.  My gosh you have so many coaches that it is unbelievable to me that some of you think you cannot find some time to get 1 or 2 players who can contribute.  In the early 80s Nebraska had multiple walkons drafted for a few years. 
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #142 on: February 19, 2018, 08:08:18 am »

Lol.  WEDNESDAY March 1.  Check your calendar. 


I don't get it; Is there something else going on that day as well?
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #143 on: February 19, 2018, 08:55:59 am »

Thats a Thursday.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #144 on: February 19, 2018, 09:18:57 am »

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas football program will hold a one-day tryout for enrolled students on Wednesday, March 1, at the Fred W. Smith Football Center.

The tryout is open only to full-time students at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, campus. Tryout participants must have played football in high school or college (letter of recommendation from high school and/or college coach preferred) and must bring their own football workout apparel and equipment.

Check-in and registration will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fred W. Smith Football Center lobby.

To participate, students must provide the following completed forms in advance of the tryout:
University of Arkansas Walk-On Tryout Form
University of Arkansas Tryout Medical Clearance Form (No other form will be accepted)
Sickle Cell Test Results
Proof of Insurance (if any) and a current copy of insurance card.

Please email the above required documentation prior to the registration/check-in to Will Landreth, Director of Compliance: wlandre@uark.edu.

You WILL NOT be allowed to try out if the above forms are not complete and on file with the University of Arkansas Sports Medicine Staff prior to the tryout.


Sickle Cell Test Results? Never heard of this being a requirement to play sports anywhere at any level. Is this new? I assume it is a requirement for black players only. Interesting.
It's an NCAA requirement after deaths attributed to issue. It will help make sure positive carriers get proper medical monitoring by the University trainers and physicians. It's not racist... Sickle cell is...
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #145 on: February 19, 2018, 09:21:01 am »

Thats a Thursday.
Oh, dang. Someone should email the email address listed in the article and have them change it:
http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/walk-on-tryout-for-university-of-arkansas-students/


Edit: Looks like someone got the message and changed it.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #146 on: February 19, 2018, 10:34:21 am »

do you know a lot of guys that never played football that are ?
I would have been All-State at Lockesburg if we would've had a team.  I had a frat brother who was deep snapper for Holtz (try-out), so it does happen.  Just not when you cop your 'tude.
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #147 on: February 19, 2018, 04:24:27 pm »

Has anyone mentioned the quarterback intramural young man who played for the Razorbacks for one game. We we did not have a scholarship quarterback that was not hurt or something along those lines. He really did pretty good given the circumstances. Thought i would never forget his name but have.

Wasn't Wade Hill in the band before some Baylor defender tore Jason Allen's leg off at the knee? He played trombone, I believe, and played QB a lot of the season.


 

And on further research I believe you are talking about John Rutledge. 3 year walk on who had left the team and was asked to come back for 1 game. Here is a link to a HV thread from 2007 about him.

http://www.hogville.net/yabbse/index.php?topic=147853.msg2329004#msg2329004
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Re: Open Tryouts for Walk-On Players?
« Reply #148 on: February 19, 2018, 05:59:14 pm »

Wasn't Wade Hill in the band before some Baylor defender tore Jason Allen's leg off at the knee? He played trombone, I believe, and played QB a lot of the season.


 

And on further research I believe you are talking about John Rutledge. 3 year walk on who had left the team and was asked to come back for 1 game. Here is a link to a HV thread from 2007 about him.

http://www.hogville.net/yabbse/index.php?topic=147853.msg2329004#msg2329004


and he's now a Vice President of a legendary Arkansas banking company
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