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Two Demons plan to play college football

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonGlenwood Springs High Schools Ryan Wyckoff (51) sets up for a tackle during a game last season. Wyckoff and teammate Adam Vincent will both try to play college football next season. Wyckoff heads to Mesa State College, while Vincent will try to hook up with the Fort Lewis squad. Both players will try out as preferred walk-ons.
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Glenwood Springs seniors Ryan Wyckoff and Adam Vincent wanted to continue to play football at the next level. That desire is key, according to Glenwood head coach Rocky Whitworth, and both players will have the chance to continue their football careers next season.

“To continue to play you’ve got to burn with the desire to play,” Whitworth said. “If you can’t live without (football), I say, let’s get them onto a team. “Luckily we’re in a state where there are a lot of nice colleges around.”Both players will head to college next season as “preferred walk-ons” – players the coaches hope can work into the lineup. Wyckoff will stay close to home at Division II Mesa State, while Vincent is headed to Division II Fort Lewis College, in Durango. Glenwood kicker Joe Schreiner is also considering trying to walk on at Division I Colorado State University.

“Really, it’s amazing, especially in Division II schools, how many of those guys (preferred walk-ons) make it,” Whitworth said. “Kids who hang in there end up earning scholarships.”Wyckoff, one of the Demons’ captains last season, will play linebacker next season. Wyckoff was second in tackles last season for Glenwood, which made the Class 3A playoffs and also ended a long losing streak to eventual state champion Rifle.



“I want to get a degree out of it,” said Wyckoff, who is looking into the sports medicine program. “Athletically, I don’t really know what to expect. I’ll try my hardest to get out of it what I can. Ever since I started playing football I wanted to get in at the collegiate level.”Vincent will put his slippery skills to work as a return specialist and cornerback. Whitworth also believes the player nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” could become a threat as a slot receiver if Fort Lewis opts for a passing attack. Rifle running back and defensive back Rocky Rauman is also slated to try out for Fort Lewis as a walk-on.Both teams play in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, so Wyckoff and Vincent, if they are able to hook on with their respective teams, could see each other during the season. Mesa State had a rough go in 2004 going 0-8 in conference play (0-11 overall) after going unbeaten in league play in 2003. Fort Lewis was 3-5 in conference play (4-6 overall).


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