Whos ready For Arena Football
Half way through the NFL Season already, and all minds are starting to look to the Arena Football League websites as our favorite teams are gearing up for the season. The National Arena League, American Arena League, A-League and Maybe the Arena Football League promise a full schedule of games this year, and LockedIN Magazine is EXCITED!
Here is a brief update on some of the things going on….
The Maine Mammoths we pretty active this week, adding Edgar Allen Poe, Deshawn Byrd, Rob Brown, Robert Brown, Sterling Clark and Devante Jenkins to the roster for 2019.
Edgar Allen Poe (6’5, 220) returns to the Maine Mammoths for his second season of arena football. During Poe’s first season with the Mammoths, he totaled 82 receptions for 710 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Prior to joining the Mammoths, Poe made a name for himself in college starring for West Point. During his career with Army football he played in 37 games amassing 43 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also served as a punt returner for the Black Knights where he returned 29 punts for 157 yards.
Byrd played with the Mammoths last year and helped them to an impressive 6-1 finish during the last two months of the season. Overall, the Mammoths finished with a 7-8 record, just missing the playoffs by one game. The Mammoths established a great passing game throughout the season and improved on rushing the ball, thanks to Byrd’s help on the line. During the 2017 season, he played for the Arizona Rattlers in the Indoor Football League (IFL). That year, they won the United Bowl. Byrd played for the Cedar Rapids Titans in 2016 and had a big part in helping them go 12-4. In his rookie season, Byrd played with the newly-developed Billings Wolves. They would eventually finish the season with a 5-9 record.
Brown played with the Mammoths and recorded 43 receptions for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns. Of all of the Mammoths receivers, Brown had the highest average when it comes to yards per game at 86.7 yards. In 2016, Brown played for the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He earned Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 15 that season. He also had six kick returns for 118 yards and one touchdown in one game against the Green Bay Blizzard alone.
Last year with the Mammoths, Brown made 48 total tackles (38 solo) (20 assists), four interceptions, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. In 2017, Brown played for the Spokane Shock and recorded 40 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and three interceptions. On special teams with the Shock, Brown returned five kicks for 78 yards. During the 2016 season, he made 104 tackles, seven interceptions, and was named All-IFL. In 2015, Brown played with the Cedar Rapids Titans, having 31 tackles, five pass breakups, and one interception. On special teams, returned nine missed field goals for 268 yards and one touchdown. On kickoffs that year, Brown had 268 yards and two touchdowns on 30 returns. In his rookie season in 2014, Brown made 27 tackles, two pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Brown started his professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 2013.
Clark attended Wilmington College and played for the Fighting Quakers all four years. In his freshman year, Clark played in eight out of the 10 games and helped Wilmington rushers run for 1,728 yards. During his sophomore year, he played in all 10 games of the season and allowed the team to rush for 921 yards. In his junior year of college, Clark played in nine of the 10 games and was a key aspect to letting allowing Wilmington rush for 743 yards. In Clark’s senior year, he allowed Wilmington to rush for the second most yards in Clark’s college career. In his senior year, he helped his team allow 1,502 rushing yards
Last year, Hall played for the Omaha Beef of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF). He played in 10 games and recorded 13 total tackles. On offense, Hall rushed the ball 45 times for 150 yards. He caught 10 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.
During his rookie season with the Mammoths, Jenkins had 26 receptions for a total of 201 yards and 1 touchdown. Jenkins played collegiately at Southern Connecticut State University, a Division II school in New Haven, Connecticut. During his junior season in 2015, Jenkins was selected as an All-American by USA College Football, First-Team All-Northeast 10 Conference selection, All-ECAC honoree and set the third best season in SCSU history in single-season total in touchdown receptions (15) and total receptions (66). During his senior season in 2016, Jenkins was once again an All-Northeast10 Conference selection with 850 receiving yards, nine touchdowns in 49 receptions and played in all 11 games
Defensive lineman Keith Bowers a.k.a “Thunder” (6’2”,285) signed with the Jacksonville Sharks for his fourth season of arena football and fourth season with the Sharks.
Last season, Bowers played in 15 games finishing in the top 5 in the NAL in multiple categories including 10 tackles for a loss (4th) and 7.5 sacks (T-4th). In addition, Bowers had 24.5 tackles, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one safety. Bowers was snubbed from the All-NAL selections despite dominating in two key statistical categories.
The Columbus Lions announced that they have come to terms with cornerback Demario Donnell for the 2019 NAL season. Donnell (5’9, 180 – Tennessee Tech University) is the latest addition to a Columbus Lions secondary that is traditionally known for its speed and ball hawking ability.
Donnell is a veteran to the indoor game, and looks forward to stepping up to a higher competition level in the NAL after spending two years with the Amarillo Venom of the CIF. Last year, Donnell dominated the league, en route to 1st-team All-Conference and All-CIF selection. Donnell’s stats certainly back up his accolades, as he finished the 2018 season with 6 interceptions, 10 PBU’s, 48 tackles, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Over in the American Arena League, “2018 Radio Game of the Week” lineup was released on Sports Radio America. The schedule includes eight regular season games plus the AAL Championship Game. The first broadcast will be March 24th and features the Florida Tarpons from Lakeland Florida at the High Country Grizzlies of Boone North Carolina.
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In the Professional Arena Football league, Your guess is the best guess, cause very little is coming out.
Training camps are opening up and the time to get teams ready is NOW!