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    Walking On?

    Has anyone experienced what the process is like and would care to share? Thanks.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Run you until there are only a few that are left standing. They make it as well as the preferred guys that they wanted all along. That's how it was 14 years ago with Getty and Coach Mac any ways. Then they tried really hard to get as many to quit as possible. Once they knew you were mentally and physically strong enough, you were accepted as one of the team.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Don't we have some grey shirts now and open schollys? Just wondering if anyone will get awarded.



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    Re: Walking On?

    I was contacted by the coaches as a High School Senior about walking on. I was going to ISU anyways and took the opportunity. I wasn't a preferred walkon (which just means I wasn't invited to 2 a days), so my first day was the first day of classes. We had to do a conditioning test, that consisted of 10 100 yard sprints with a 30 second rest between them. Each position group had a time in which they had to get under for all of them. It really wasn't that hard, but it was funny watching people run as fast as they could for the first 5 and then die on the last 5 all while I paced myself and finished with the same time everytime. Because we started the first day of school we didn't get to dress and be on the sidelines for the first game (which happened to be Okie State). The first year it was just being on the scout team and trying to gain respect. After the season the winter strength and conditioning program started. Here you had a chance to show your work ethic and how much you were committed. Then spring ball happens and you get a shot to prove yourself and try to move up the depth chart.

    Pretty much it for year 1.



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    Re: Walking On?

    I walked onto Walden's first team, back in the spring of 1987. They had all the players (walk-on hopefuls and returners) run through stations (conditioning, agility, speed, etc.) for a week. The returners were grouped by position and the walk-ons were jumbled together in 2 or 3 groups (not by position). After a few days they moved me into a position group with the returners -- that's when I knew I was in.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    I was contacted by the coaches as a High School Senior about walking on. I was going to ISU anyways and took the opportunity. I wasn't a preferred walkon (which just means I wasn't invited to 2 a days), so my first day was the first day of classes. We had to do a conditioning test, that consisted of 10 100 yard sprints with a 30 second rest between them. Each position group had a time in which they had to get under for all of them. It really wasn't that hard, but it was funny watching people run as fast as they could for the first 5 and then die on the last 5 all while I paced myself and finished with the same time everytime. Because we started the first day of school we didn't get to dress and be on the sidelines for the first game (which happened to be Okie State). The first year it was just being on the scout team and trying to gain respect. After the season the winter strength and conditioning program started. Here you had a chance to show your work ethic and how much you were committed. Then spring ball happens and you get a shot to prove yourself and try to move up the depth chart.

    Pretty much it for year 1.
    Our first game was Okie State,.....a conference game?? When was that? Some where like '97?


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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraps View Post
    Has anyone experienced what the process is like and would care to share? Thanks.
    Former roommate of mine tried it last fall. They have you come in at like 6:00am in August to the Bergstrom building and work out in position groups. I don't know many details about how it went, other than a small percentage of those that try out will make the team - but some will, so it's worth a shot.



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    Re: Walking On?

    I mainly just want to be on the team. So, I'm perfectly fine with being on the scout team. But, would I get a number/roster spot? And thanks for the heads up about the 10 100s, now I know what to train for this summer. Also, practice wise, does it interfere a lot with school/studying?



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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by GWad View Post
    Our first game was Okie State,.....a conference game?? When was that? Some where like '97?
    Yes 1997



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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraps View Post
    I mainly just want to be on the team. So, I'm perfectly fine with being on the scout team. But, would I get a number/roster spot? And thanks for the heads up about the 10 100s, now I know what to train for this summer. Also, practice wise, does it interfere a lot with school/studying?

    can't speak for football, but I walked on to track team at ISU and they hold walkons to a higher GPA standard but don't always get the same access to the academic facilities the scholarship athletes. I always thought that was kinda weird given the whole "student-athletes going pro in something other than sports" the NCAA always preaches.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraps View Post
    I mainly just want to be on the team. So, I'm perfectly fine with being on the scout team. But, would I get a number/roster spot? And thanks for the heads up about the 10 100s, now I know what to train for this summer. Also, practice wise, does it interfere a lot with school/studying?
    So are you currently in High School? If so what year?

    Contact the coaching staff (Most likely the recruiting coordinator) and let them know you are interested in walking on. They are usually pretty easy to talk to. They may ask to have your High School coach contact them to talk about you (your skills, mental toughness, work ethic, etc.)

    If that all goes well they will probably give you a workout program to follow for the summer so you show up in decent shape.

    My biggest advice is you better love football, don't do it "just to be on the team". If you are doing it "just to be on the team" you are dead weight and not helping the team get better. If you are going to do it go in with the initial goal of getting special teams playing time, once you accomplish that goal update it to playing significant minutes on Off or Def or maybe earning a scholarship. As long as you work your *** off and take it seriously you will be fine. Football is going to take up a ton of your time, but it is worth it. I would not trade my time on the ISU football team for anything and I extremely happy I stuck it out even when I wanted to quit.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Is the treatment of a preferred wall on more similar to that of a scholarship player or a normal walk on?



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    Quote Originally Posted by isufbcurt View Post
    So are you currently in High School? If so what year?

    Contact the coaching staff (Most likely the recruiting coordinator) and let them know you are interested in walking on. They are usually pretty easy to talk to. They may ask to have your High School coach contact them to talk about you (your skills, mental toughness, work ethic, etc.)

    If that all goes well they will probably give you a workout program to follow for the summer so you show up in decent shape.

    My biggest advice is you better love football, don't do it "just to be on the team". If you are doing it "just to be on the team" you are dead weight and not helping the team get better. If you are going to do it go in with the initial goal of getting special teams playing time, once you accomplish that goal update it to playing significant minutes on Off or Def or maybe earning a scholarship. As long as you work your *** off and take it seriously you will be fine. Football is going to take up a ton of your time, but it is worth it. I would not trade my time on the ISU football team for anything and I extremely happy I stuck it out even when I wanted to quit.
    I graduated this spring. I have spoken with a coach already and he told me info about the tryout and meeting. I'm mainly just wanting to know about what actually happens at the tryout, and how long until cuts are made, or if you know you made the team etc.



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    Re: Walking On?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraps View Post
    Has anyone experienced what the process is like and would care to share? Thanks.
    This would be a great story for CW or BB to run with and of course interview one or two walk-on kids in the program.


    Last edited by Cyclonic1; 06-28-2014 at 05:16 PM.









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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerCyJM View Post
    Is the treatment of a preferred wall on more similar to that of a scholarship player or a normal walk on?
    Naturally a scholarship player is given priority since they have a scholarship invested in them. The only difference between a preferred walkon and a normal walkon is that preferred walkons are there for 2 a days and a normal walkon isn't.



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