Cross-code convert Jarryd Hayne is on the verge of winning a coveted spot in the San Francisso 49er’s 53-man roster, according to sports journalism expert Julie Tullberg.
Julie, who teaches digital journalism in Monash’s journalism program, was invited to speak on Boston University’s Only a Game program, hosted by Bill Littlefield. Only a Game is a sports program on Boston news station, WBUR.
Julie, a former digital sports editor with the Herald Sun who is also qualified in sports science and physical education, says Hayne has the characteristics of a champion athlete.
“Hayne is such a very determined character, who is a great student of NFL, and he’s been studying it for two years,” Julie told Bill Littlefield.
“Hayne has travelled to the US with friends, other footballers from Australia, to watch the game and totally absorb it.
“And he’s just super quick and powerful. And I think he can make it, and I think he’ll continue to make a statement.”
Hayne has made the 75-man 49ers’ roster, announced today. The final roster will be announced on September 5.
San Francisco 49er’s coach Jim Tomsula told reporters he was “pretty confident in Jarryd’s abilty to field the ball”.
“I’ve watched a ton of tape of him fielding a rugby ball. I’ve seen him in practice, and in game situations,” Tomsula told reporters.
“I feel very good about his ability to field. I feel good about his ability to perform with ball in his hands on special teams.
“The tackling, coverage part, I’ve seen lot of improvement. I’ve seen what I need to see. There’s been a great evaluation on him.”
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