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Exclamation Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
Coach Sorrentino tweeted notice about open tryouts 10/7.

Curious to those who know...Is this:

A) Common for programs to have in mid-season?

OR

B) Likely happening because we need bodies after mounting injuries (and also due to those who left program with new regime.) ?

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09-30-2019 01:45 PM
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RE: Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
I don't know how common it is to do this mid-season. I do know they have a numbers problem at offensive line which could be acute for spring ball. There are currently 16 offensive linemen on the roster. Four will have used up their eligibility at the end of this season, leaving 12 for spring ball. If one or two of them decide to leave and others get injured they could easily have single digits available for spring, which would make it hard to scrimmage and impossible to do the double reps Coach Hammock prefers (Ones and twos scrimmaging at one end of the field, threes and fours at the other).
09-30-2019 02:50 PM
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(09-30-2019 02:50 PM)NIU1981 Wrote:  I don't know how common it is to do this mid-season. I do know they have a numbers problem at offensive line which could be acute for spring ball. There are currently 16 offensive linemen on the roster. Four will have used up their eligibility at the end of this season, leaving 12 for spring ball. If one or two of them decide to leave and others get injured they could easily have single digits available for spring, which would make it hard to scrimmage and impossible to do the double reps Coach Hammock prefers (Ones and twos scrimmaging at one end of the field, threes and fours at the other).

This cannot be a good thing
09-30-2019 04:08 PM
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RE: Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
Guessing we will get some transfers in here before spring...
09-30-2019 04:52 PM
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I have never heard of this except for kickers or Texas A&M 12th man.
09-30-2019 07:20 PM
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(09-30-2019 07:20 PM)NIU05 Wrote:  I have never heard of this except for kickers or Texas A&M 12th man.

NIU's basketball team did this when I was a junior in the mid 70's. My roomate tried out, had a blast and did pretty well but alas and alak it ended all too soon for him.
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If we're down to getting walk-on's mid season there are some real problems.
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WTF.....
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Is this the state of NIU football?

https://youtu.be/J_2sCsipYM0
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Obviously, the coaching staff came away inspired by its trip to Nashville.



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My guess is the movie Invincible was on in the hotel and the light bulb went off. Looking for the next Papale
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Time to bust out my high school cleats from 15 years ago...
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Was this part desperation as we're down numbers, or was it a way to connect with the student body more? I have no idea.

I seem to recall open tryouts was a thing in my time there, early 80s. All 150 pounds of me and my sub 5 second 40 time stayed far away.
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Smart move, imo.
I assume there are some former high school players who attend NIU, but not as football players, who might view this as a sort of second chance. Coaches have no way of knowing who all is out there. And some walk-ons have gotten scholarships and turned out to be pretty good players. Why focus only on recruiting off-campus when you might also have 1-2 good people already there?
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Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
I find it hard to believe this is an attempt to address current gaps. I really believe this is another way for Coach Hammock and his staff to connect with students and to continue generating a buzz about NIU football. Let's face it, we're talking about this and the campus likely is as well. My guess is that tryouts will be open to media/public.....again generating a buzz.

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(09-30-2019 10:48 PM)HawaiiToNIU Wrote:  Is this the state of NIU football?

https://youtu.be/J_2sCsipYM0

That's hilarious!
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(10-02-2019 09:30 AM)chihuskie Wrote:  
(09-30-2019 10:48 PM)HawaiiToNIU Wrote:  Is this the state of NIU football?

https://youtu.be/J_2sCsipYM0

That's hilarious!

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RE: Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
I will be trying out as a rear end. I have the experience of being a big and talented rear end most of my life. I may be old, but with age comes experience. And no one is a more experienced rear end than I am. If I am signed and become a member of the team, you will notice a marked improvement in the rear end position. As an experienced rear end, nobody gets by me. I take my responsibility as a rear end seriously, and I feel like I'm the best. I may be an ass some of the time, but I am a proud rear end all the time.
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RE: Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
If this was 2 years ago I'd definitely try out for the fun of it.
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RE: Hmm....Open Tryouts for Walk-ons Next Monday
My son tried out for the Windy City Thunderbolts a couple of years ago and two Barstool guys did the tryout. He said it was hilarious and the Thunderbolts coaches got a big kick out of it.
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