Hawks' Open Try-Out a Success
SNOHOMISH- The Everett Hawks held their open try-out this past Saturday, December 3 at the Snohomish Soccer Dome and came away with six new editions to the roster. With both Head Coach Rickey Foggie and Assistant Head Coach Alvin Ashley on hand, players turned out from all over the country to pursue their professional football dreams.
A total of 48 players showed up at Snohomish from as close as Everett and as faraway as Georgia and California. Fans and current players were also on hand to help out in anyway they could and just enjoy the excitement of the new season.
Both coaches were pleasantly surprised by the amount of talent that showed up at the try-outs. Coaches guided the players through a brief warm-up and then it was time to showcase their skills. In the af2 speed is the name of the game and the coaches paid particular attention to each player's time in the 40 yd. dash and the shuttle drill, which tests lateral speed.
Of the players who were offered contracts, four have already signed. Michael Wild, a 6'2" linebacker is a former national power lifting champ who spent last year with the semi-pro Central Oregon Stampede and garnered all-league honors. Frank Henson is a 6'3" 250 pound linebacker from Georgia Military College who is hoping to make an immediate impact for the Hawks. Phil Goodman is a big, fast receiver out of Temple University. At 6'3" 215 pounds he will undoubtedly strengthen the Hawks' deep receiving corps. Jamie Hanton is a lineman out of the University of Illinois who contributed for the '01 Big Ten Championship team and started all 12 games at NT his senior season.
The two other players, one QB, and one LB, are expected to sign very shortly so Hawks fans should stay tuned for more updates.
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