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Isaac Fruechte blazing his own trail to NFL


MANKATO, Minn. (KTTC) - When Caledonia native Isaac Fruechte showed up to Vikings training camp, he said he only signed one signature. He could have been a fan for all anybody knew. Depending on his performance the next few weeks, Fruechte may find himself signing an NFL contract, something much greater than an autograph.

As a wide receiver, following a path is what Isaac Fruechte does best.

That path has led the 24-year-old from Caledonia, to RCTC, to the University of Minnesota, and now - just maybe - to the NFL.

"First and foremost is just play as hard as you can," Fruechte said. "If you're playing relentless on every single play you have a great chance of making it and just showing your effort level is big."

Luckily, Fruechte has a familiar face at camp that he can learn from. Rochester native Marcus Sherels made the jump from the Gophers to the Vikings just a few years ago and he hopes Isaac will be the next player to switch from Maroon to Purple.

"I'm rooting Isaac on, he's a great kid, really good player," Sherels said. "Any help I can give him, I'll give him."

It can be pretty intimidating for any player to step on the field in their first training camp but head coach Mike Zimmer has some pretty simple advice for rookies like Isaac if they want to make the final cut.

"Make plays," Zimmer said. "It's the easiest way to do it, play with great technique. You know I think a lot of young guys, they come in and they're confident but they're not sure that they're confident. You have to just eliminate those negative plays that you had and focus on the positive ones and have a short memory basically."

From a Warrior, to a Yellowjacket, to a Gopher, only time will tell where Isaac's path turns next.

"You know, I think if you give a 100 percent effort on every play and every day I feel like you can't really regret anything no matter what happens," Fruechte said.


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