A New Day Dawns at Kennesaw State with First Football Tryout


Eighty-Five KSU Students Show Their Skills in Front of Owls' Coaching Staff   …

Georgia (Mar 24, 2014)Eighty-Five KSU Students Show Their Skills in Front of Owls' Coaching Staff                                                                

KENNESAW, Ga. (March 24, 2014) – After one year of public appearances, assembling a coaching staff, recruiting and signing the first-ever recruiting class, head coach Brian Bohannon was finally back on the field when he held the first-ever football tryout involving current Kennesaw State University students at The Perch at the KSU Sports and Recreation Park on Saturday, March 22.

Eighty-Five hopefuls with a goal of becoming a part of the inaugural football team took part in a nearly two-hour workout that included running the 40-yard dash, agility testing and participating in position-specific drills.

The prospects displayed their skills and talents in front of a large group that included their family and friends, Kennesaw State Department of Athletics personnel, 2014 football signees and the media. Among those in attendance were KSU Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, former Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves star Brian Jordan and former Falcons quarterback and current analyst David Archer of 790 The Zone.

“I told this group of kids that they made history just by being here today. This is the first-ever football tryout in Kennesaw State history,” Bohannon said. “I was pleasantly surprised by the talent level that was out here today. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this, but was surprised and excited by what I saw, and the work ethic and seriousness that they showed. They came here to impress.”

Bohannon and his staff planned to use Saturday afternoon to meet and evaluate the tryouts and on Monday will send out emails to all the players informing them about the next step that will include, for some, and invitation to join the first recruiting class in August when fall workouts begin.

Kennesaw State, which will compete at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level and as an associate member of the Big

South Conference, will play its inaugural game on Sept. 3, 2015 at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. The Owls will make their home debut on Sept. 12, 2015 versus Edward Waters at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

Less than 1,000 tickets remain available for purchase and those interested in being a part of history are strongly encouraged to immediately submit of Letter of Intent (LOI) along with a $20 per-seat refundable deposit to become part of the Priority Seat Program. Tickets are only going to be available through season ticket purchases and are priced at $99 per season through 2017.

More information on the Priority Points Program is available at www.KennesawStateFootball.com. Fans may speak with a ticket representative and submit their LOI by calling the KSU Athletics Ticket Office at 770-423-OWLS (6957).

Fifth Third Bank is the Official Bank of Kennesaw State Athletics. Fifth Third Bank Stadium is the home of women's soccer, women's lacrosse and football, which will play its inaugural season in 2015.

Keep up with Kennesaw State Athletics by following KSU on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and or by liking Kennesaw State Owls on Facebook. You also can follow Kennesaw State football at @KennesawSTFB and The Owls fund on Twitter at @TheOwlsFund.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu