Startup semi-pro football team to hold tryouts in Charleston

  • Friday, December 6, 2013

The South Carolina Bulls football team will host tryouts Dec. 7 and 14.

The South Carolina Bulls, a startup Gridiron Developmental Football League team, is hosting tryouts the next two weeks for the upcoming 2014 season.

Any high school graduate, 19 or older, with football experience is welcome to attend. The first tryout will be 9 a.m. Saturday at North Charleston High School. Players should bring workout attire, cleats, a towel and a change of clothing. Prospects will be measured in the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, bench press, as well as one-on-one drills, team drills and endurance testing. The following Saturday, Dec. 14, the Bulls will host a second tryout at 9:45 a.m. at Danny Jones Field in North Charleston .

Businessman and football aficionado Delnard Smalls and a group of investors chose to bring a team to the Charleston area to fill the professional football void and add to the already successful minor league baseball, soccer and hockey franchises.

“We want to build a team identifiable with the city,” Smalls said. “After surveying the area, we think a team in this market might prosper. Football is obviously popular here and we want to create a hometown team folks can identify with.”

The Bulls will be led by head coach Shawn Cash, a South Carolina native and former North-South high school all-star. Cash was selected as a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American defensive lineman at Georgia Military College in 1996 before moving on to the University of North Alabama and several local semi-pro teams.

“He's defiantly a guy we're excited to have lead our football team,” Smalls said. “He's a strong candidate with a lot of experience and someone I think our kids will want to play for.”

Cash and his staff are looking for 105 players to attend preseason camp beginning Jan. 4 at North Charleston High School. That group will be trimmed down to roughly 53 players to for the regular season, which kicks off in May. Players will receive $25 per game, as well as incentive bonuses and share profiting through advertisement and ticket sales. Players will also be paid $10 for every player they recruit to join the team. Most importantly, Smalls says, local players will get an opportunity to continue to pursue their dreams of professional football.

“We can't put every kid in the NFL but you do find the occasional diamond in the rough,” he said. “You have athletes that for whatever reason their career didn't work out the way they planned. This could be an opportunity at another chance.”

The Bulls will compete in the Patriot Division of the GDFL. The GDFL features more than 50 semi-pro teams, stretching as far west as Colorado and as far north as Massachusetts. For more information contact Smalls at (843) 532-0005 or email scbullsfootball@gmail.com

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