BYU Walk-on Tryouts Set to Begin

Many hearts, and perhaps a few bones, will be broken in Provo this Valentine's Day as BYU holds walk-on tryouts for its football team. Hopeful BYU students will put their dreams of wearing the blue and white on the line. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall indicated that 59 BYU students are signed up for the chance to be BYU's next Rudy.

"BYU has a strong walk-on tradition," Mendenhall said. "We plan to continue drawing on the unique strengths of this university's student body to help our football program. We'll be looking for players who meet the established criteria--those who are dedicated and are prepared to give maximum effort."

With the endearment coach Mendenhall has for the student athlete who does whatever it takes to make the team, many non-scholarship student body athletes currently attending BYU fully understand that they might not only make the team but start under coach Mendenhall. Last year 13 of the 22 players on BYU's defensive two-deep roster were walk-ons.

So who will be the next Markell Staffieri, Spencer White, Hala Paongo, Kayle Buchanan, Jon Burbidge or even Chad Lewis? Time will tell as students take the field to go through a series of drills with their respective positions coach. Following an intensive workout an initial evaluation will be made. Those who are selected to continue will join others in a combine-format workout that will allow coaches to further their evaluation of prospective players. A final cut will be made later in the day after Monday's combine workout.

Mendenhall has stated that the remaining candidates will be evaluated over the next four weeks prior to a final cut before spring camp which begins on Monday, March 14th.


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