|First Football Walk-On Tryout Welcomes 57|
With the entire 49ers coaching staff looking on, over 50 candidates took part in Wednesday's first football walk-on tryouts.
Head coach Brad Lambert said the staff was looking for possibly 5-10 players from the group to be added to the 49ers roster, which will begin practice next fall.
"We're looking at how well they move, how well they change direction -- their athleticism," said Lambert. "It's all combine stuff -- different kinds of stations, some position stuff -- let the wideouts run some routes -- let the quarterbacks throw it."
Assistant coach James Adams put the group through an array of stretching exercises before the players were broken up into groups to record their 40 times. A set of agility drills followed before players were broken up by position and run through drills specific to their position.
The candidates, all UNC Charlotte students, were among a group of students that took part in a walk-on information session in March, and continued to get the paperwork and medical physicals necessary to participate in the tryouts.
"We're gonna run these guys around and give them a chance to make this football team," Lambert said. "The cool thing about this -- there's somebody out here that gets to run down the field on the first kickoff in 2013."
Fifty-seven players are hoping that they will be among the ones to stand out.