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Tips on Football Walk-On Tryouts


The decision-makers may only take a brief look at you before giving you a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, so you must work as hard as possible in every test and drill during your tryout.

Most, but not all, NCAA Division I and Division II football programs offer athletic scholarships to help reward players who choose those schools. Two types of non-scholarship players, called “walk-ons,” may also join the squad. Preferred walk-ons are invited to join their teams, while some schools also hold tryouts for potential walk-on players. Prepare yourself well if you wish to try out for your school’s team.

Get in Shape

All walk-ons are expected to be in the best possible physical condition. Additionally, the tryout will likely involve strength-testing exercises such as bench presses, a 40-yard dash and other fitness tests. 

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