Las Vegas Locos head coach Jim Fassel and his staff analyze player info (Photo courtesy of United Football League).
More than 1,000 Participants Take a Crack at Making UFL Rosters
Jacksonville, Fla. (Saturday, May 22, 2010) – As the United Football League continues to work towards its second season of play, a series of open tryouts have been held by the league’s member teams in pursuit of finding some unsigned talent. The tryouts, which wrap up tomorrow in Sacramento, have been highly successful thus far with well over 1,000 players hitting the gridiron in hopes of signing an UFL deal.
“I believe there are enough talented athletes out there who can succeed in professional football, and we are giving them that opportunity,” Sacramento Mountain Lions head coach Dennis Green said. “Players who enjoyed successful college careers but for whatever reason did not then play at the professional level are still out there, and we plan to find them.”
It’s a long road for a player who is hopeful of a professional football career, but the UFL provides an opportunity for many young athletes that did not exist two years ago. The league takes it even further by hosting these open tryouts, and now potential players have the chance to show their talents to shot callers such as Las Vegas Locos head coach Jim Fassel.
“That was a very good group of guys and there is a lot of potential there,” Fassel stated about a recent open tryout. “When you are testing these players, you want to see how they take to coaching and see if a player is able to do what you’re teaching him. Now we will go back and discuss the players who were here and see how they meet the needs we have on our roster. Once we have done that and watched film, I am sure a good number of them will be invited to training camp.”
The 2010 UFL season is slated to kick off on September 17th and play its championship game during Thanksgiving Weekend.
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