Author and former USC Trojan, Tim Lavin illustrates the incredible phenomenon of college football’s Walk-On Athletes. Depicting the ugly, the bad and the good, his new book is about survival, education, mental toughness and character building.
Tim further represents the drudgery most college athletes experience when they are not on scholarship and thus labeled as a “Walk-On.” The realities are seldom discussed but most certainly exist amongst walk-ons collectively, including hundreds of well-known walk-on’s such as Clay Matthews and JJ Watt. Each echo the importance of heart, determination, patience, and sheer will, necessary to conquer massive amounts of abuse, while willfully paying the price for a chance to prove they can play on Saturday.
“Walk-On U” is an educational tool for high school student-athletes pondering the next step should their dreams of earning a college scholarship not come true. For those who choose to walk-on, this book is about about achievingmany humble victories, both on and off the field, as well as celebrating those unwavering underdogs and their triumphs.
“Walk-on's should be allowed to eat at training table during the season and during Spring Football without having to pay for it.”
- Lou Holtz, College Football Head Coach
"I am so glad you are doing this book. It is time to shed light on the plight of walk-ons."
- Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach, Clemson
"It's doesn't make much sense. In an age where every university is in an arms race to build multi-million dollar athletic facilities, and their coaches are earning sever figure salaries, and the walk-ons who are just trying to improve can't eat with their teammates after practice?"
- Terry Donahue, Former Head Football Coach, UCLA
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Shocking Stories from Walk-Ons of yesterday, how they overcame the odds to succeed at the Highest level, and what needs to be done today to change the unbelievable conditions walk-ons endure.
There are scores of names in the book. Revealing Interviews from College Football's biggest names! Here are some of those members in the book and Hall of Fameers of the Walk-On U Fraternity.
|Lou Holtz||Matt Rhule||Clay Matthews||Karl Mecklenburg||Daryl Washington||Mike Sherrard||Margus Hunt|
|Terry Donahue||Tony Levine||Gary Brackett||Jordy Nelson||Terry Glenn||Aeneas Williams||Darren Woodson|
|Dabo Swinney||Kevin Sumlin||Thomas Howard||Mike Sherrard||Rich Coady||Scott Fujita||Brandon Weeden|
|Jim Mora, Jr||Rick Neuisel||JJ Watt||Jim Leonhard||Everson Walls||Santana Moss||Christian Okoye|
|Baker Mayfield||Texas Tech||QB||True Freshman|
|Tanner Jacobson||Texas Tech||DB||True Freshman|
|NAME||HEAD COACH||WALK-ON AT||POSITION|
|Dabo Swinney||Clemson||Alabama||Wide Receiver|
|Kevin Sumlin||Texas A&M||Purdue||Linebacker|
|Tony Levine||Houston||Minnesota||Wide Receiver|
|Matt Rhule||Temple||Penn State||Linebacker|
|Jim Mora||UCLA||Washington||Defensive Back|