SLIDESHOW: Charleston Man-of-War evaluate talent at first combine
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new football team is forming in the Lowcountry.
The Charleston Man-of-War held their first ever combine Saturday morning downtown at Stoney Field. The goal was to find local talent to join the first ever U.S. International Football Organization.
The team's website describes itself as "a start from scratch grassroots movement of volunteers where local and international businesses, community effort groups, and the people of the Lowcountry come together to celebrate the game of football."
As this is the first organization of its kind, the Man-of-War are not part of a league and there is no season. Instead, opponents will be chosen by a committee and they will be invited to come to Charleston to play. A new opponent will only be chosen after each game is completed.
Participants at today's combine broke up into groups and took part in a number of drills including vertical jump, bench press, 40-yard dash, and two shuttle drills. Coaches were at each station to record their times or number of reps, and then the groups would change drills.
Coach Bobby Johnson, former Vanderbilt University football coach and the SEC Coach of the Year in 2008, was helping Man-of-War staff evaluate talent during the combine.
The top football players from the combine will be selected to join the team.