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ETSU football looking for a few good men

March 19th, 2014 9:14 pm by Kelly Hodge

ETSU football looking for a few good men

Coach Carl Torbush thinks there may be a dozen or so students currently enrolled at East Tennessee State who are capable of suiting up for the football team in the fall.

He’s about to find out.

Torbush and assistant coaches Billy Taylor and Teddy Gaines will conduct a meeting tonight for students who meet specific criteria and are interested in trying out next month. The meeting will be held at 6 o’clock in the third-floor forum in the Culp Center.

“It’ll be interesting to see, but I’ll be shocked if we don’t have 30 to 40 guys show up, maybe more,” Torbush said Wednesday. “I’m sure there are a lot of guys that have matured and gotten bigger and stronger since coming out of high school. They may have turned into late prospects, and 10 to 15 may have a chance to play college football.”

Tryouts are scheduled for April 2 for linemen and specialty players, and April 9 for skill-position players. Torbush said anyone who wants to participate needs to attend tonight’s meeting or make other arrangements with the coaching staff.

The following requirements must be met for prospective players to attend:

Bring a letter of recommendation from their high school coach;

Bring a physical highlight video or provide an on-line link to highlights;

Be a full-time ETSU student, with 12 or more credit hours; 

Must have a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher. Unofficial transcripts should be provided.

For additional information, or for those with scheduling conflicts, email


The conference season begins this weekend for the baseball team.

The Bucs host Stetson in a three-game series at Thomas Stadium. Single games are set for Friday night (7:05), Saturday (2:05) and Sunday (1:05).

The Bucs, coming off an Atlantic Sun championship and NCAA tournament appearance, had an 8-11 record heading into a game Wednesday night at Western Carolina. They had lost four of their last five, including a 4-3 decision Tuesday night at Eastern Kentucky.

Six of the 10 teams in the A-Sun began conference play last weekend, and none of them swept. Mercer is the defending regular-season champ and preseason favorite.


ETSU will compete in three volleyball tournaments this spring.

The schedule released Wednesday begins with coach Lindsey Devine’s team going to N.C. State this weekend to take on Davidson, UNC Wilmington, High Point and East Carolina.

On March 29, the Bucs face Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State, Appalachian State and Tennessee in Knoxville. The final event is at home on April 12, with Milligan, Tusculum, King, Carson-Newman and Winthrop visiting Brooks Gym.

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