Tim Tebow has been offered a four-month contract by the Italian federation for American football, and the Milano Seamen are hoping to sign the free agent quarterback.Excerpts of an offer sent by federation president Leoluca Orlando to Tebow’s representatives were posted on the federation’s website Thursday.”The offer has been made to his agent and now we’re waiting for a response,” Seamen president Marco Mutti told The Associated Press. “We would be more than happy to have him.”A federation spokesman, James Dewar, told AP that the offer is for $200,000 and that it was sent Wednesday on the recommendation of a sponsor.The 26-year-old Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots before this NFL season. He would be the most prominent player to appear in the Italian league – by far.The eight-team Italian league is divided into two divisions. The other teams are located in Ancona, Bologna, Bolzano, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Rome, while Milan has two teams (Milano Rhinos and Milano Seamen).The season begins in March and concludes with the Italian Super Bowl in July.In last season’s title game, the Parma Panthers beat the Milano Seamen 51-28.The Seamen have the league’s largest stadium, with 8,000 seats. Fashion designer Giorgio Armani is a former owner of the team.Tebow won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 with the University of Florida and tasted NFL success with the Denver Broncos, leading them to the playoffs in 2011 before his pro career faded with the New York Jets. He was released in the last cut by the Patriots before this season began and has not been picked up by anyone, even though many teams have had problems at QB.
An unpleasant surprise awaited all fans of the Frankfurt Universe at the beginning of the month. In the ambitious second division there will be a new coaching staff, Because The previous management trio team of Patrick Griesheim, Daniel Garcia and Filip Pawelka is no longer available.
Actually Universe Appeared after the debacle of the obligation of the former success coach John Rosenberg on the right track. It Replaced Rosenberg after his dismissal for failure and problems with the team – or his return due to personal commitments to the United States, as it attempted to illustrate the Universe – by the duo Patrick Griesheim (offensive coordinator) and Daniel Garcia (defensive coordinator). Added to this was a short time later Filip Pawelka, who Took over in addition to his duties as athletic director, the position of Head Coach.
But what now Became known, Griesheim and Garcia have joined the Wiesbaden Phantoms, the deliberate withdrawal of Pawelka as athletic director at the beginning of next year to follow! What was to blame for this debacle. Where will the Universe go from here, there will be many reasons to keep a eye on the Universe in the next months.
We learned early in the offseason that Bürstadt would have a new look come 2014. The new found staff of the Redskins holds familiar faces from the Weinheim Longhorns. Already the lose of a few players a year are two ago seems to have really snowballed heading in to this season. Rumors have it that the signing of Head coach S.Gloss to the Longhorns may have not been what most wanted. And disputes in past weeks we hear have lead to the loss of 17 more players all heading to the Redskins. With in that 17 are some very special guys and with the lost of those guys i think the Longhorn program could suffer. Coach Gloss is one of the best coaches in Germany, so it baffles me to hear about these players disputes and so on. We wish the Longhorns organization the best hopefully they can turn this around, and as for the Redskins we wish u guys the best as well, this season is being projected as a big turnaround season for them.
Jacksonville Ribault linebacker Jakob Johnson committed to Tennessee this past weekend, pledging to the Vols while on an official visit.
He was overwhelmed by the UT hospitality, facilitates and just everything about his trip, and he committed on the spot.
Johnson, however, who moved to the United States from Germany in July, figures he might want to visit at least one more school to make sure he’s doing the right thing. And Johnson doesn’t have a lot of time. He graduates high school in December and will be packing his bags for college in a month.
The school that stands to possibly benefit from Johnson’s next visit is UCF, and Johnson said late Tuesday night that he has decided to take an unofficial visit to the Orlando campus for Friday night’s matchup with USF. If he likes it, he will come back in December to take an official visit.
“I wouldn’t come to waste everybody’s time,” Johnson said. “It just might be a good thing to see another university, get another experience in.”
So what UCF fans and coaches want to know is: Does UCF really have a shot at landing the services of the 6-foot-3, 246-pound linebacker.
“I think the coaches are great and those are the coaches I’ve talked to the second most,” Johnson said of the UCF staff, right behind Tennessee.
He was very impressed during his visit to Tennessee.
“I had a really great time up there,” he said. “They have a really great program and great fans and they have a lot of history at Tennessee.”
His reason for come to the States was to get a college football scholarship. Mission accomplished.
Johnson, who had 93 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss playing defensive end in his only season at Ribault, said he wasn’t necessarily planning to commit during his Tennessee visit.
“When I came on the trip I mostly thought about waiting to commit a little bit longer, but it was just kind of in the moment,” Johnson said. “There wasn’t any pressure to do it or anything, but just felt like doing it. I really like the atmosphere up there so I feel like it’s a good place to be.”
As for UCF, Johnson said he interest is not just fleeting. He wants to open up his own athletic facility when he is done with football and UT and UCF both offer majors that would fit what he plans to study. At Tennessee it would be Kinesiology and at UCF he would study exercise science.
“The [UCF] visit was scheduled before I took the visit to Tennessee and my decision would have come down to those two schools anyway,” said Johnson, who decided Tuesday he would go ahead and make the UCF trip, after talking with his father back in Germany, his high school coach and UCF coaches. “Those schools have the majors I’m interested in and UCF is a great football program too.”
Several coaches have been involved in the recruitment process, Johnson said, including Jacksonville area recruiter and receivers coach Sean Beckton, linebackers coach Tyson Summers and defensive coordinator Jim Fleming.
“The linebacker coach was talking about how I might give them a chance and come down there and look at everything, and then make my final decision,” Johnson said. “I have to move a little quick since I’ll be graduating. I want to be in a school in January, so I gotta stop analyzing it and start getting enrolled and everything.”
He said he’s had great experiences during his short time in the States.
“I’ve had a great time,” Johnson said. “I’m sad the season is over. We lost the first playoff game, but I had a great time with my team and met a lot of great people … a lot of new experiences and I accomplished way more than I ever dreamed of.”
He’ll fly back to Germany a few days before Christmas to spend time with family, and “then I’ll go and get ready for college.”
This 2013 season for me was one of the most enjoyable unforgettable season that I probably have played so far. Having the chance to go back and face one of my former teams the KL Pikes. this game was big for me in many different ways. Going back to a city that i played for and also lived and had ties to. having a chance to face one of the best running backs Germany has seen, in Eric Walton. Maybe for the past 2 years all I’ve been hearing was I wish I could see you play against the pikes and Walton. This weighed in heavy on my mind for a long time….will i or will i not have this chance, and it came December 2012 when the Rams came calling. Doing the ride up to KL it really hit me that this was it …put up are shut up time… I basically knew that the first game that we would play would out weigh the second game by far because this would be the first meeting!! We came in locked and loaded and didnt let up until it was over … Walton as well as myself played a ok game. We got the chance to mix it up a few time .. Which for me was a test to gage my skill level. Some one said something to me in the game that I still haven’t forgot. He said damn i guess you can play I’ve never seen know one tackle E one on one in open field and you did it !!! That right there let me know a lot about a lot if you can read between the lines . I was more so happy about the win, and not the personal accomplishment. One accomplishment I am happy to brag about is that we as a unit controlled their most dominate player. And came away with the W !! But one of my funnest games played this year was vs a early opponent, the Frankfurt Universe !!!!! This game was hyped up for so many different reasons… Frankfurt already known to be a powerful team now had a quarterback wide receiver duo from NIU. Their was lots of talk about these guys and the air raid that they killed with in college. But this was the last thing on my mind. Doing the off season i had seen they signed a few guys from a former team of mine the Marburg Mercenaries. This was big because now I’ve been giving the chance to face former teammates as well as my former DC! This hands down was the most enjoyable game. The first game would be played at home which was great for us. The head lines read #2 vs #3 , i would be lined up head to head with my bro’s, Bamboo a 6’7 250+ pounder at TE, as well as Franko a monster on both OL and DL, 6’6 DE CeCe aka Ced as well as a few others. The night before me and Phil our QB had took at look at the peoples picks for the week and about 90% of the football world had us losing that game by 30 …. All i can say about that game was Great job Rams and LOL dont judge a book by its cover!!!!!
Many Illinois State football players started playing the sport at the youth level. However, this is not the case for Australian-born Redbird punter CJ Laros.
The junior did not start playing until he was in high school when he played for the Centurions Gridiron Club, based out of Canberra, Australia, which competes in the six-team Australian Capital Territory Gridiron league.
“I didn’t play football until I was 15 years old and then I had a friend that said to come play,” Laros said. “I said I did not want to play, but I ended up playing anyway and giving it a go and I’m loving it.”
While playing in Australia, Laros had a desire to play college football in the United States after watching it on television.
“I watched college football back at home and I just really wanted to be a part of it,” Laros said. “I was told that I’d be able to do it one day, so that’s really what sparked it, and I really wanted to play in front of a lot of people and go to school in the United States.”
One of ISU’s in-state Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals showed interest in Laros at the conclusion of his Centurions Gridiron Club career. However, after playing in an all-star event in the U.S., that option was not available to him anymore. After playing football in junior college at Citrus College in California, Laros ended up playing in the MVFC for the Redbirds.
“I played in a competition in Queensland, which is North Australia, and got scouted by an old coach of BYU, so I kept practicing and practicing and was getting recruited by Western Illinois,” Laros said. “I went out to Los Angeles for an all-star game and they ended up not having a scholarship for me anymore. The guy who organized the all-star game for me told me to check out junior colleges in Los Angeles, so I did and [Citrus College] is where I’ve been the last two years and then transferred out here to ISU.”
In 2011 and 2012, Laros played in a total of 21 games for the Citrus College Owls, based out of Glendora, Calif.
In his freshman season for the Owls, Laros recorded 26 punts for a total of 972 yards, good for a total of 37.4 yards per punt. Laros’ season-long punt was 51 yards and he recorded one touchback, three fair catches and punted the ball inside the 20-yard line four times.
In his sophomore season at Citrus College, Laros punted 53 times and accrued 2,178 punting yards and 41.1 yards per punt. The kinesiology major averaged 44.8 yards per punt against Los Angeles Harbor on Nov. 9, 2012. Laros punted 10 times inside the 20-yard line, forced nine fair catches and earned a school record with the longest punt in Citrus College history of 75 yards against Chaffey on Oct. 6.
Now in his first year at ISU, Laros has punted 40 times this season for a total of 1,674 yards and an average of 41.8 yards per punt. Laros recorded a season-long punt of 63 yards, three touchbacks, nine fair catches, 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and seven punts of 50 yards or more.
Laros’ career-day as a Redbird came against Missouri State on Sept. 28, recording seven punts for 344 total yards and averaging 49.1 yards per punt. Laros registered a career-long punt in a Redbird uniform of 63 yards, tallied three punts of over 50 yards and had five punts inside the 20-yard line.
This performance resulted in Laros receiving the FCS National Punter Performer of the Week award along with North Dakota State’s Ben LeCompte.
“Honestly I had no idea about it until I got called from a guy back at home actually,” Laros said. “He said, ‘Congratulations on the award.’ And I was like ‘What award are you talking about?’ I checked it out and it’s pretty cool and I shared the award with the punter from North Dakota State, so it was a big thing and nationwide in FCS.”
. After four successful seasons, the Franken Knights and former quarterback Cedric Townsend in the 2014 season will go their Separate ways.
Townsend leaves behind impressive statistic, with Which he undoubtedly, is one of the best players at his position. In four years, he received 12,881 passing yards, 3,938 rushing 176 td’s overall.
Of the 50 games with CT at QB the Knights were able to win 32 Together with Jojo Joyner and Tim cudgel he made over the years for a high operating on the highest level of offense giving opposing defenses major problems.
“Cedric was a important part of the Knights. On and off the pitch. On one hand, it is Certainly a loss for us. On the other hand, the Knights are with me in front of a new beginning. I want to bring a new philosophy into the team, For Which some changes in the status quo are necessary. And one of the changes now takes place on the quarterback position. I think it is simply time to make something new with a new style of leadership. ” Explains Franken Knights Head Coach Randall Watkins.
Even Helmut Huprich, President of the Knights, sees the separation with a crying eye and one laughing eye. “Cedric had in his time with us a large part of the success of the Knights. He led the team to the top of the second division, and finally the rise. Overload In the two years he had, in spite of injuries, made a significant contribution to the league in the GFL. Cedric We are grateful for his work here and wish him a successful and injury-free future. “Said Huprich.
Townsend Gained a lot of good memories here. He would like to thank the fans. He says goodbye to the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber with the words “I’ll see you later!”.
In the season 2014, Cedric Townsend Has already connected the Calanda Broncos from Switzerland. They play in the top division, “National League A” and therefore are Represented in the “Big6-European Football League” newly established. On the part of the Knights Has already made contact with potential new players, not only on the playmaker position, and is in the midst of Selecting the “Recruits” for the 2014 season.