Now, plans have been made for student-athletes who wish to be an Owl by walking on to the team.
Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon announced that the Owls will conduct their first tryout in the program’s history March 22 at the KSU Sports and Recreation Park, the collection of facilities that surround Fifth Third Bank Stadium, the Owls’ home beginning in the fall of 2015.
“We’re excited,” said Bohannon, who is launching his own program after spending 16 seasons as an assistant to Paul Johnson at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. “This is a unique time, and our plan is to sign 25 to 30 guys.”
The exact time of day of the tryout, or the length, hasn’t been specified. Bohannon estimates it will be a one-day procedure lasting no more than a couple of hours. If the coaching staff attracts a large list of eligible players, tryouts may break down to two sessions.
The Owls have an estimated 10 verbal commitments already, including Kell safety Taylor Henkle, and that list is expected to grow by February.
Students interested in trying out for the team must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of classes at Kennesaw State during the spring semester. They’re also required to fill out paper work to determine if they are medically, physically and academically eligible, and return it to the coaches’ offices on Town Point Drive between Jan. 8 and Jan. 30, the final deadline to apply.
No walk-ups will be allowed on the day of the tryout.
“This is going to be very detailed,” Bohannon said. “We’re going to know every player that is out there. We’ll be flying by the seat our pants if everyone just shows up. It would be madness.”
Bohannon couldn’t come up with a projected number of players he is expecting on the day of the tryout, but he said he hopes there is a great turnout “based on word of mouth.”
Kennesaw State’s inaugural football tryout will be organized like a combine. Bohannon and his assistants will time players in the 40-yard dash, and there will also be agility testing and position-specific drills.
“You will not be told you made the team after the first tryout,” Bohannon said. “My plan is for the ones who qualified, we will invite them back in the fall.”