German Football League 2022: GFL North preview

Graphics: Igor Lazarevic

the Dresden Monarchs made history last year by bringing home his first german bowl in the history of the club. Now that a new season starts this weekend, the Monarchs once again face stiff competition in the GFL North. Traditional power plants like the New Yorker the Lions are joined by hungry underdogs such as Berlin Adler and Potsdam Royals in what could be one of the most competitive leagues Europe this season.

Let’s take a look at the eight teams

Dresden Monarchs: Record 2021 – 12-1. GFL Champions

The Head Coach: Ulz Dauber

Key returning players: LB Andrew McElroy (Ireland, Marist NCAA DI FCS) LB Dorian Boldog (Germany) WR Anthony Brooks (UK, Frankfurt Galaxy) WR Radim Kalous (Czech Republic) RB Yazan Nasser (Germany) LB Florian Zur Neiden (Germany)

Key additions:QB Austyn Carta Samuels (USA, Vanderbilt NCAA DI) DL Leonard Misangumkini (Austria NFL IPP) DB Ken Hike Jr (USA, Tuskegee NCAA DII) LB Rayshard Ashby (USA, Virginia Tech NCAA D1) WR Isaiah Amaechi (USA, Western NCAA DIII) WR William Gladney (USA, Ithaca NCAA DIII) LB Chris Noak (Germany) DB Kenny Floret (France, Kuopio Steelers)

Potsdam Royals: Record 2021 – 8-4. Semi-finalists

The Head Coach: Michael Vogt

Key returning players: RB Jacques Mayon (USA, Northern Michigan, 2021 GFL race leader) OL Yasir Raji (All Europe) DB/WR Erik Hannes (Germany), OL Max Evenhuis (Netherlands) LB Erik Meinhardt (Germany) DB/WR/K/P Heiko Bals (Germany).

Key additions: QC Chris Helbig (USA, Southern Utah NCAA D1 FCS) DB/WR Ruben deRuyter (Belgium, Marburg Mercenaries), OL Stefan Numi Steffanson (Iceland, Swarco Raiders) WR Brandon Polk (USA, Penn State, JMU), WR Jared Wolfe (USA, Villanova), RB Karri Pajarinen (Finland, Helsinki Roosters) LB Fort Philip (Italy, UCF) DL Stanley Aronkale (Austria) DL/TE Jerome Valbone (France) OL Brendan Oswin (Australia) DB Cody Cranston (Canada, University of Ottawa)

New York Lions: Record 2021 – 5-6. Quarter-finalists

The Head Coach: Troy Tomlin

Returning Key Players: WR Benjamin Krahl (Germany), OL Gerrit Brandt (Germany), DL Samuel Kargel (Germany), WR Justus Holtz (Germany), LB David Muller, K Luca Jeckstadt (Germany), RB FInn Opperman (Germany), DB Corvin Hennig (Germany), WR Christian Bollmann, WR Malcom Abimbola (Germany)

Key additions: QC Jacob Parks (USA, South Dakota NCAA DI FCS) DB Ahdekeem Brown (USA, Quincy NCAA DII) LB Nigel Alexander (USA, Dartmouth NCAA DI FCS) OL Daniel Kane (UK) OL David Beale (UK, Ohio Northern NCAA DIII) RB Emmanuel Abedi-Bawa (UK) OL Amos Laoye (Belgium, Cologne Crocodiles) WR Isaiah Woods (USA Portland State NCAA DI FCS), Neighborhood Jim (CC)

Cologne Crocodiles: Record 2021 – 6-5. Quarter-finalists

The Head Coach: David Odenthal

Key returning players: QC strong christian (Canada/UK, Seton Hill NCAA DII) RB Sergej Kendus (Germany) LB Lino Schröter (Germany) TE/FB Janek Mensching (Germany) WR David Crawford (Germany)

Key additions:DL Jonell Pelie (UK, Allgäu Comets) WR Montel Patterson (UK, Dusseldorf Panther) DB Fardan Allen (USA, Seton Hill NCAA DII) RB/WR Jarvis McClam (USA, Seton Hill NCAA DII) TE Justin Kleinart (Germany)

Kiel Baltic Hurricanes: Record 2021 – 2-8.

The Head Coach: Timo Zorn

Key returning players: WR Benedikt Englmann (German All-Star 2021) RB Lorenz Rotermund (Germany) DL Simon Wilken (Germany) OL Morten Anderssohn (Germany) DL Felix Meintz (Germany) DB CJ Davis (USA)

Key additions: QB Andrew Dion (Rose Hulman NCAA DIII), LB Quinlen Dean (Marshall NCAA D1), DB Yaw Aboagye (Hamburg Sea Devils)

Berlin Rebels: Record 2021 – 1-9

The Head Coach: Joshua Mandel

Key returning players: KG Rory Johnson (Green Bay Packers, Ole Miss NCAA D1), QB Donovan Isom Southeast Louisiana (NCAA D1 FCS) WR/DB Paul Morant Old Dominion (NCAA Division I FBS), OL Christopher Wartenberg (Germany)

Key additions: OT JJ Rudnicki (Poland, Badalona Dracs) RB/CB Dwight Caulker (UK) RB Meril Zero (France, NYer Lions) DL/ LB Simeon Okonta-Wariso (UK, CFL Global Combine) WR Antoni Podgorsky (Poland, NFL IPP) Daniel Docal (Spain, Kings of Leipzig).

Berlin-Adler: Record 2021 (DNP: Promoted from GFL2 – 8-0-1)

The Head Coach: Chouan Fatah

Key returning players: QC Zach Cavanaugh (USA, Curry College) DB Antonio Smith (USA, Shepherd NCAA DII) Nemanja Graovac (Serbia) OL Botond Krizsai (Hungary) TE Yannick Rohnrschneider (Germany, EMU NCAA DI)

Key additions: WR Patrick Donahue (USA, Stuttgart Scorpions) DB Emmanuel Pelzer (USA, Rowan NCAA DIII) DL Nikola Vuksanovic (Serbia) LB Frank Haring (Germany, Hildesheim Invaders) DL/OL Remi Daniels (UK, London Olympians)

Düsseldorf Panther: record 2021 (DNP: Promoted from GFL2 – 7-1-1)

The Head Coach: Round Winston

Returning Key Players: DL Nico Koch (Germany), DB Marius Rieks (Germany), DB Jason Dean Hollinger (Germany), RB Lior Volkov (Germany) OL Florian Hirn (Germany)

Key additions: QB Kevin Doyle (USA, Arizona NCAA DI) WR Joey Walden (USA, Ole Miss NCAA DI) DB Nigel Lawrence (USA, South Alabama NCAA DI) DB Avery Anderson-Baer (USA, Nebraska NCAA DI) DB Marcin Olech (UK , UWE) Emmanuel Lewis (OC)

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