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A strong walk-on program (SBNation article from Wiscy)

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by aik, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. aik

    aik Club Member Club Member

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    http://www.buckys5thquarter.com/wis...ll-walk-on-program-barry-alvarez-bret-bielema

    Favorite part of this:

    We have some freshmen right now who could end up contributing on special teams or at positions in Orban, Moeller, and maybe Chris Hill. I would love to build the strongest walk-on program in the conference and hope to be in a position in a few short years where a larger number of Colorado high school athletes talented enough to receive scholarship offers and start at UNC or Pueblo choose instead to walk-on at CU. I know it's difficult to play up the local pride angle in our circumstances but I'm thinking of some fiery bouts between the offensive and defensive lines in particular during practice that could be fueled by having depth on both sides who did battle in the trenches in high school and can add some competitive spirit that should encourage the rest of the team to step their game up by example with the intensity of how they practice and play.
     
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    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Yep, watching cfb and walk-ons make significant impacts at a lot of schools. It's been a while since we've had legitimate contributions from walk-ons. Most of ours earn scholarships/PT simply by default because there is no one else (Fernandez, Wood etc)
     
  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    6'6" 195 :wow:
     
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    Jared Abbrederis was a walk-on at Wisconsin as a QB to begin with and I think any team in the country would be okay with him as a starting WR
     
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    Yup, tremendous athletic potential based on hearing about his lacrosse skills as a very tall guy. Wish he could put on 30 pounds by his junior year to be an effective TE but hopefully with the height and athleticism he can be of help shaking a defender wherever he lines up.
     
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    SBG Formerly known as EFNMB Club Member Junta Member

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    CU is quite expensive even for instaters relative to our California brethren outside of USC (which may have a large endowment). How does Wisconsin compare?

    Low tuition would help for our PWOs. Wiscy and Nebraska are also helped by the fact that they are the only FBS schools in their state. We have CSU to contend with for guys that we would want to be a PWO.
     
  9. aik

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    CSU under the current coach doesn't do much better than us with in state commits. They target a healthy amount of Jucos which helps them get to those bowl games with a "win now" attitude that never quite gets them to a good enough finish to recruit solid 4-year depth. McElwain also is a West Coast guy so I would expect him to be offering some of the same California players we have - Lee and Jones come to mind as they both hold CSU offers. Our biggest recruiting test locally will not be to get the heralded guy to stay home. If he wants to leave for an ASU or K-State it will happen at this point. In our current state of affairs the real test will be getting a 2-star or unranked or undersized guy to pick us as a walk-on over CSU and Wyoming. And if we succeed in that it will make our program better by rebuilding it from the ground up.
     
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    A strong walk-on program also comes after a winning tradition, not before. Walk-on athletes want to be in with a a program they dreamed of playing for.
     

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