Desperados Host Open Tryouts

Desperados Host Open Tryouts
Rob Phillips
DallasDesperados.com Staff Writer
Nov. 7, 2005, 6:37 p.m. (CST)

IRVING, Texas – The Desperados continued their state-wide search for new talent by holding an open tryout this past Saturday at Texas Stadium.

Nearly 700 players signed up for a shot at catching the eye of Desperados head coach Will McClay and realizing their dream of making an AFL roster.

Players paid a $65 registration fee and were evaluated in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and standing broad jump. Selected players also were invited to participate in an elite workout later in the day, where they were evaluated in drills specific to the game of Arena Football.

The Desperados also held an open tryout on Oct. 23 at the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. Newly-signed quarterback Clint Dolezel worked with the receivers and helped McClay scout talent.

Registered players received two lower level seats to the Desperados’ home opener ($30 value per ticket) and an official Dallas Desperados Tryout T-shirt. But their goal was to make an impression on McClay and his staff, which has happened in previous open tryouts held by the Desperados.

In 2003, defensive specialist Michael Hawkins was signed by the Desperados after a dazzling performance during the club’s open tryout. The Carrollton, Texas, native played in five games during the 2004 season was eventually selected in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

The Desperados already have several players on their roster who have played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Newly-signed fullback/linebackers Evan Cardwell and Mike Pruitt both played college football and the University of North Texas. Colston Weatherington and Daleroy Stewart also played on the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line.