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What EVERY Current and Future WALK-ON Should Know about the WALK-ON WORLD - the ugly, the bad, and the good (in that order)...
WALK-ON U: The Shocking Truth Behind Football's Unsung Underdogs is for every walk-on, male and female, in all sports. This book sheds light on the reality of being a walk-on and what you can do to mentally prepare, endure, and rise to the top!
If you are currently a walk-on in college sports, this book is for YOU!
If you are a current high school student athlete considering walking-on to a program if you don't get a scholarship, this book is for YOU!
If you are a parent of a current or future walk-on, this book is for YOU!
If you are a college sports fan, this book is for you.
Last Updated Nov 30, 2014 6:42 PM EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A body found near the campus of Ohio State University was confirmed to be that of football player Kosta Karageorge, police said at a press conference Sunday.
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Shaun O'Hara appreciates his journey from walk-on out of Rutgers to NFL's Giants to Hall of Fame
PHOTO: Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and center Shaun O'Hara (60) point out the defense during a 2008 preseason game.
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Oklahoma Sooner Caleb Gastelum (45) deflects a pass intended for Kenneth Dixon during a college football game between OU and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., 8/31/14
OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY WALK-ON STEPS UP
In College Football's first weekend of the 2014 season, Walk-On linebacker Caleb Gastelum of Oklahoma University was tapped to go in early in the first quarter and played the rest of the game helping to lead the Sooners to a victory over LA. Tech. Click link below to read the story by Jenni Carlson, sports columnist at The Oklahoman.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 31, 2014
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 riveting stories from College Football's biggest names! Here are just some of those members in the book and members of the WALK-ON U Hall of Fame.
|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|
|Shaun O'Hara||Clay Matthews||Logan Mankins||Dennis Pitta||Daryl Washington||Ziggy Ansah||Jared Abbrederis|
|Urban Meyer||Bret Bielema||Thomas Smith||Matt Tobin||Scott Shanle||Jarrod Pughsley|
|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|
|Urban Meyer||Ohio State||Cincinnati||Safety|
|Bret Bielema||Arkansas||Iowa||Nose Guard|
|Aaron Davis||U of Georgia||S||RS Freshman|
|Caleb Gastelum||U of Oklahoma||ILB||Senior|