Update from Saarbrucken: Go ‘Canes!
May 17, 2014
We’ve put the first two month’s in the books and the team is coming along better than expected. Kendral Ellison, one of our two LBer imports has made a huge difference. I’ve seen this happen over and over here in Europe, we play at a decent speed and then an American NCAA player shows up and everything changes. Our local guys see what kind of speed Kendral plays at and everyone turns it up a notch. We’ve done that and it’s a good thing.
While Brandon Sweeney, our co-D-co is nursing a slight hamstring pull and won’t practice for awhile, the other two, both offensive players opened a lot of eyes.
Gievonni, call me Geo, is a RB from Northern Arizona University where he was a teammate of a former player of mine. Conrad Meadows played for me in Croatia and is just beginning his third season in Berlin. It was Conrad who put me on to Geo. His speed and elusiveness is more than impressive. He is a difference maker. He shows quickness at the point of attack and his cutting ability is top notch. He catches the football like a receiver and his knowledge of the game is big league. This was proven in our first game, an upset of the defending champions, when he broke free for three touchdown runs and also scored on an eighty yard pass reception.
Terence Davis is our other American offensive player and he is an impressive young man. A graduate, in psychology, from Wake Forest Terence is an athlete with multiple skills. He can play slot or WR and return kicks as well. We’ll use him in a lot of places, moving him around to match game plan.
We are currently 1-1 and play at home today Vs the Munich Cowboys. Our second game Vs the Stuttgart Scorpions was a competitive game played for much of the game in a monsoon rain and hail storm. We had a difficult time offensively mostly because of the field conditions but Stuttgart is leading the league with a 3-0 record. We’ll get another shot at them in two weeks when they visit Saarbrucken. The southern portion of the German Football League is, according to everyone here, more balanced than it has been in a long time. The Hurricanes have never had a winning season in division one, although their division two record is outstanding, and the objective this season is to accomplish that goal. Baring a major injury I think we can do just that.
Off the field, I’ve spent two day’s at a local school’s, courtesy of the American/German institute, speaking with a class of high school students. My lecture concentrates on American Football rules, terminology and history. Students are encouraged to ask questions about football but also about life in America. It has been fun and I think from the reaction they are having as much enjoyment as the lecturer.
*Newsflash: We were very good in our 66-21 win on Saturday vs the Munich Cowboys. We ran up over 500 yards of total offense with big days by Geo and Terence. Our young German QB, Alex Haupert was outstanding and proving himself as a major player. He’ll be the face of this franchise for many years I’m sure.