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Raiders first 2015 tryout a success

Timing shuttle drills.The Racine Raiders held their first of two free and open tryouts on Sunday, March 1, at the Tarble Recreation Center on the campus of Carthage College in Kenosha. It was a good showing of veterans and prospect alike that attended the two hour session. Though there were some football skills drills done, most drills evaluated speed and agility.

Raiders head coach Wilbert Kennedy was surprised at the talent of the prospects and pleased with the shape the veterans were in.

“You can tell today that they (the vets) have been training in the off season,” he said.

As far as the prospects he saw, Kennedy stated, “I was surprised with the talent that showed up today.”Head coach Wilbert Kennedy addresses the tryout participants.

Among that talent were five individuals trying out as quarterbacks. As far a depth and stacking other positions, Kennedy said it was too early at this point to be concentrating on that.

“Right now we are looking for the best ability and talent regardless of a specific position,” Kennedy reiterated.

Obviously that will mean cuts.

“Those are toughTesting prospects on their high jump. decisions to make,” Kennedy said. “There are all kinds of things you have to consider. There are risks of letting a veteran go to make room for a new prospect that may not end up being what you thought. But then on the other hand, you risk letting go of someone that hooks up with another team that comes back to haunt you.”

Veteran or new prospect, Kennedy said it comes down to performance and ability.

For those that he has to let go, Kennedy said before the workout, “I would love to keep everybody, but I can’t. That’s part of the business.”

But sincerity was in his words when he told the prospects about stepping up to a higher level of football than what they may have been used to.

“If you get cut, it will be a tough decision to keep going. But don’t give up on your dream,” he said. “This may not be your team this year, but it could be next year.”

Coach Kennedy was pleased at the turnout and anticipated even a greater turnout at the next open tryout. That will be on Sunday, March 29, again at the Tarble Recreation Center at Carthage College in Kenosha. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. and the tryout starts promptly at 11 a.m. New prospects are urged to go to www.playfortheraiders.com and fill out and submit the player tryout form.