Sturgeon Bay Grad Jake Bscherer Ready For 2nd NFL Tryout

Published 05/09 2013 11:03PM

Updated 05/09 2013 11:05PM

Jake Bscherer was invited to Minnesota Vikings rookie camp this past weekend, but left without a contract.  But at this point though, he compares his NFL journey to a race on the track.

"I put it this way," Bscherer says of his try out with the Vikings.  "I found my lane number for the race.  There's still a lot to come.  This is just the start of it."

Wednesday Bscherer found himself on an actual track, this one across the street from his old stomping ground at Sturgeon Bay High School, preparing for his second rookie camp with Seattle this weekend.

It's been a long road for Bscherer.  Back in 2004 the offensive lineman helped lead Sturgeon Bay to a State Championship.  Then after his senior season, the Wisconsin Badgers recruit was named Wisconsin State Player of the Year and a U.S. Army All-American.  But a combination of injuries and a lot of talented lineman in Madison led to Bscherer taking a year off and then transferring to Division 2 Minnesota-Duluth for his final season of eligibility.

The former left tackle was used at right tackle and right guard at Minnesota's rookie camp.  He says he's confident heading to Seattle after the positive feedback he received from the Vikings.

"They said they were really impressed with the way I played," Bscherer said.  "They said I played better than what they expected, that I just need to be ready in case somebody goes down I'll be getting that call."

Instead of flying straight from the Twin Cities to the Pacific Northwest, Bscherer decided to stop back home to let off a little stress.

"Yesterday I spent the afternoon fishing," Bscherer said.  "So it was good just to get to do a couple of things like that like and get outside and just take your mind off certain things.  But also you kind of reflect and get ready for what's ahead."

What's ahead is trying out for a team that already features fellow former Wisconsin offensive lineman John Moffitt.  But how exactly does a lineman impress coaches in such a short period of time and while wearing shorts and no pads?

"Just take advantage of the reps where you do go a little quicker," Bscherer said.  "We did have some 1-on-1's (in Minnesota) even though we didn't have pads, didn't allow bull rushes or things like that.  Just really taking advantage of those opportunities that you have, and in meetings to just show that you're on top of everything schematically and know the plays."

The mental part shouldn't be a problem for the lineman who's also completing his masters of education while pursuing his NFL dream.  While he admits it may be an uphill climb, with two tryouts already, that dream is right on track so f

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