BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Newberry College football stars Josh Stepp and Tymere Zimmerman will try out for the brand new All-American Football League on Thursday, July 26. The tryouts will be held at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., beginning at 1 p.m. Central time.
Stepp is the leading passer in Newberry history, having passed for 7,398 yards in three seasons. Each of his three seasons rank in the top five for most yards by an Indian, and his 72 touchdowns are 25 more than any quarterback in the school's history. He was also the South Atlantic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
Zimmerman holds the school and South Atlantic Conference record for touchdown receptions with 40, and set the single-season Newberry record with 12 touchdown catches in 2006. His 250 catches are also a Newberry record.
"I think any team that could pick up Josh or Tymere would be getting a steal," said Newberry head coach Zak Willis. "Both Tymere and Josh are winners in every sense of the word. No matter how you slice it, they are winners."
The dynamic duo were consistently among every all-Conference and all-Region team in their senior year, with both being named All-Americans at one point in their career.
The All-American Football League is a new league scheduled to begin playing in April 2008. AAFL teams will consist only of players who have earned at least a bachelor's degree and used all four years of eligibility. Teams will play on Saturdays in the spring, with teams primarily based out of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision stadiums.
The University of Florida, University of Tennessee, North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Florida State University have all struck agreements to host teams at their stadiums, according to the league's website. Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., will be the host of an Alabama team, with discussions ongoing with stadiums in Michigan, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Nebraska.
The tryout is a national open tryout, and runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Legion Field.
More information on the league and upcoming tryouts can be found at the league's website, http://www.allamericanfootballleague.com.