Early Christmas for Hall !!
Just before Christmas, the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns can already announce the first two Americans for the 2014 GFL season. Running back Marcus Sims and Safety Cody Pastorino venture next spring the jump across the pond.
“I am sure that we have landed with these two players a absolute hit,” said offensive coordinator Jordan Neuman, who has since taken over the main part of the recruitment work among the coaches Haller says. When choosing were the wide-ranging contacts of the Unicorns coaches of use: Pastorino was first with Neuman’s old club from Vienna in contact, Sims was recommended by former players Fritz Waldvogel and Xavier Mas. The former French international Mas played in 2002 in Hall, for some time it gives college players to Europe. Waldvogel, who won in 2012 with the Unicorns the German Bowl, comes from the same area as Sims and met him in joint college recruiting visits know.
While bird then landed at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Marcus Sims opted for the University of South Dakota. At this school the second highest college level he was in his last two years (2011 and 2012) each of the leading ball carrier of his team, he brought it to a total of 1598 yards. In his high school years he also ran track and field and was among other things the 100 meters in 10.8 seconds. In the summer of 2013 he attempted to land in the Canadian professional league CFL, fortunately for the Unicorns without success.
Cody Pastorino comes from Willamette University in Oregon, which plays in the Northwest Conference, among others, along with Linfield, home to four Unicorns-Americans in recent years. In this Conference he was elected to the 2011 and 2012 All-Star team, 2012, he even became the third All-American College Division. In addition to his strengths in pass defense he made primarily known as a specialist while negating kicks. With seven blocked kicks he holds the school record at Willamette. Josh Scott, the Special Teams Coordinator of the Willamette Bearcats, Pastorino referred to as “best special teamer, we have ever had.” The season just ending they had Pastorino as linebackers coach at his old university.