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October 21, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Lorenzo Romar wants walk-ons like Kavario Middleton and Zane Potter

Some of you have asked why doesn’t Lorenzo Romar like walk-ons. Well, there’s not an easy answer here.
It’s not as if Romar doesn’t like walk-ons, but it’s obvious by the way he talks about them that he’s had a few bad experiences.
It’s also just as obvious that when he finds a walk-on that fits, then he falls in love with the guy.
One example is Zane Potter, who lettered in 2004, ’05 and ’06. Romar raved about Potter when talking about the kind of walk-ons he’s hoping to attract when the team holds tryouts tomorrow.
Romar also said it’s not out of the question that UW tight end Kavario Middelton could join the team this season. However, receiver Devin Aguilar, who considered playing two sports, will concentrate on football.
Here’s the highlights from Romar’s comments on walk-ons.
(Why are you holding tryouts) “Look at our numbers. We got 12 guys scholarship. It’s so tricky. You know it’s expensive to go to school here. So in some other situations where it’s not as expensive you have more of a pool of kids to come out. Again the walk-ons that we’ve had here probably have been the best walk-ons I’ve ever been associated with. When we’re talking about Zane Potter, Matt Fletcher, Alex Johnson, Brandon Burmeister. Those guys were all walk-ons together and they were phenomenal. They were great. They bled puple and gold. They did whatever we asked them to do. And they went out and did their job every single day. I think they made us better as a program as a result of them being here. I’ve found in my experiences that has not been the case in a lot of situations. We had a walk-on tryout last year or the year before. And there wasn’t anyone worthy. Because everyone thinks I’ll play this guy or that guy, when actually get out there you got to be able to be good enough to push the player you’re playing against.
“Zane Potter wasn’t the most talented guy. But he got on it. He worked so hard. His attitude was so great. He cheered the other guys on. He’s going to be successful at whatever he does and it was great to have him around. He understood his purpose on the team. Sometimes they don’t understand their purpose.
(How does tryouts work?) “Just do some drills enough to get a feel for if they can help us. It’s not as sophisicated as Bobby Knight’s reality show that he had with his walk-ons.”
(How many are you expecting?) “I don’t know the number how many are coming out yet. But you can take 50 if there were 50 that wanted to try out. But we won’t have 50.”
(Are you looking at other sports?) “People have talked to us. Devin Aguilar and Kavario Middelton those guys have talked and a few others have talked about it, but again we practiced yesterday with seven guys. We need guys now. If they’re worthy. There’s different kinds of walk-ons too. Nate Robinson was a walk-on. He was on a football scholarship. So that’s a whole different deal. Even Brandon Burmeister was a walk-on but we knew Brandon could compete at this level. He may not have been one of our better players, but we knew he could compete at this level. Those type of walk-ons, those are the best. Those are the hardest to get. The ones that can actually play and maybe help you. But most of the time it’s a situation where someone that you just don’t know how much they can help.
(Could you have six walk-ons and not have everybody on the roster?) “We could add three-walkons to the team and have five others that just practice all the time. But again it’s hard to find those that are good enough to do that. And not only good enough, but what’s their attitude like. Are they getting with the guy because they’re not playing or are they getting with a guy that all of a sudden is not playing and now they’re buddies and hanging all the time. Misery loves company type of deal. A guy like Zane Potter, he’s pushing a guy. He’s lifting him up. They’re down and he’s giving them pep talks. He’s going out there busting his tail. He’s telling them on the side: ‘If I can bust my tail you can bust your tail. I’m never going to play.’ Those kind of guys, awesome. But those guys are hard to find. Hard to find.”
(Would you entertain the idea of Middleton joining the team?) “Oh yeah. He talked about it before he ever played a football game here that he’d possibly want to walk-on. That’s a different type of walk-on. Those guys can play. When someone can play, that’s the best when you get a guy like that. There’s some that you would like to say you walk on now and are good enough and have enough impact on the program we’ll eventually will put you on scholarship.
(Have you been searching for guys?) “My assistants have. I haven’t.”
(Anything pan out?) “Not really.”
—- This is our story on assistant Raphael Chillious who says “”I would like to think that we’ve got the attention of some kids locally and nationally that we might not have had the attention of before.”
— Jefferson High (Ore.) star Terrence Jones has dropped Kansas and Arizona and has narrowed his list to five, including Washington, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma and Kentucky. also caught up with Jones after his UW vistit last weekend and he said he enjoyed the trip and despite appearances was not bored.
— On it’s paysite, says UCLA has been hit with a plague of injuries. Five guys who sat out at least some of practice Monday including guard Jerime Anderson (groin), forward James Keefe (shoulder), guard Malcolm Lee (concussion), forward Brendan Lane (ankle) and forward Mike Moser (back).

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