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Dave B.

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Hayne had at few sessions (not in pads due to his NRL club at the time not allowing it) with the UTS men’s team before heading over to the US. One of his mates played for UTS at the time so I can see why he went there, but one wonders if he had spent time with a more successful program like Sydney Uni & perhaps received some better training or advice (UTS has never won a men’s championship in all 30+ years of that league).
But I agree that a prospective athlete in Australia looking to play American Football as a career should start off developing with a local team first e.g. Adam Gotsis

Why - and where - Valentine Holmes can make it in the NFL

No he did not prove he could play in the NFL at the standard needed. Reception average was below par (as was his route running) rushing average was below par, and his return play & stats (where he was supposed to be good) were woeful (3 fumbled punts w/1 lost). He also couldn’t block for the QB.
Every deficiency & weakness was glaringly apparent during the regular season & showed his preseason was a mix of luck & marketing which led to him being included in the final roster. If thats regarded as “making it” then he failed with the opportunity & that was further demonstrated when he ducked out after 1 season.
From a coaching perspective there were about half a dozen guys in local gridiron leagues in Oz that were better trained & more suitable to try out for the position but they weren’t even a blip on any NFL or NCAA radar.
Good on him for trying but it proves developing through the collegiate system after HS is the way to go.

Why - and where - Valentine Holmes can make it in the NFL