STURGEON BAY - Most college football players who don't hear their names called during the NFL Draft would love a chance at one, just one single tryout during a team's rookie camp. Two tryouts, of course, would be even better.
"It's a great opportunity to get shots at both," said former Minnesota-Duluth offensive lineman Jake Bscherer.
Bscherer is a Sturgeon Bay High School product who was a U.S. Army All-American before signing with the University of Wisconsin. He transferred to Minnesota-Duluth for his final season of eligibility to ensure a starting spot in his final campaign.
The 6'7 tackle spent last weekend at the Minnesota Vikings rookie camp as a tryout participant. The Vikings were not the only team to invite Bscherer to camp: Seattle invited him to tryout at their rookie camp as well. Instead of having to pick which team to try out for, as luck would have it, the camps were on successive weekends, so Bscherer gets to go to both.
"I learned so much at the Minnesota camp, there's a lot of things I'll carry over to Seattle," said Bscherer.
While the Vikings did not sign Bscherer to their roster, he says he learned a lot from the experience. He lined up often against first round draft pick Sharrif Floyd. He also had to learn on the fly, as coaches had him work out at his normal position of tackle, but also at guard, something he wasn't expecting.
"[I had to] pick up a whole play book in 3 days," said Bscherer. "They definitely test you mentally, physically, technically."
Bscherer says he was told he was "next on the list," and the Vikings told him to stay in shape in case they needed him before training camp.
The offensive lineman hopes to continue to improve his game and impress this weekend at the Seahawks' camp. He knows the odds are long to make a roster.
"Leave nothing on the table," said Bscherer. "Just have to go out and give it everything."
Bscherer says he's getting a lot of support from his friends and family, even if some were not particularly big fans of the possibility of cheering for the Vikings one day.
"It's been very exciting for him to have this opportunity," said Jake's father Paul Bscherer. "We're very proud of him. He's going to make the best of the situation."
If Minnesota, Seattle and other NFL teams don't want to bring Bscherer aboard this season, he does have other possibilities. Bscherer says his agent, Greg Johnson has been in touch with several Canadian Football League teams.
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