Tuesday, October 15, 2013

California’s A11FL team will have boatload of homegrown talent to choose from


Today is the latest in a series of stories about potential A11 Football League players, by state, using a regional approach. The players are taken from a list of free agents from thesidelineview.com on October 7, and doesn’t reflect any changes in status that may have occurred since then.

It is easy to get stuck in the minutia of putting together a new professional football league – where is the money going to come from, where is the television contract going to come from, where will the teams be, etc.

All of that is for the leaders of the A11 Football League to continue to work on. The fun part is thinking ahead – who might be the players who will fill the rosters of the eight A11FL teams come the spring of 2015? We don’t know who will be available when players begin to be acquired, but we know who’s available now.

So let’s take a look at some players a California-based A11FL team might want to pick up:

While these three ex-California-college quarterbacks don’t necessarily entirely fit the A11 style of play, Matt Leinart (USC), David Carr (Fresno State) and Trent Edwards (Stanford) certainly would bring veteran presence to the squad. Combined, Leinart, Carr and Edwards have 23 years of National Football League experience.

If he weren’t still dealing with concussion issues, former California running back Jahvid Best could end up as the best back in the A11FL. A California team also could pick from ex-New York Jet Joe McKnight (USC) and ex-Chicago Bear Kahlil Bell (UCLA), both of whom still have plenty of gas left in the tank at age 25 and 26, respectively. A versatile fullback in ex-Stanford Cardinal and Cleveland Brown Owen Marecic could provide help in blocking, on special teams and even perhaps at linebacker.

At wide receiver, former San Diego State Aztec and Oakland Raider Chaz Schilens is the best of an available bunch which also includes Matt Willis (UCLA) and seven-year NFL veteran Greg Camarillo (Stanford). California also could add a 6-foot-6 hybrid tight end/wide receiver in ex-Brown Evan Moore (Stanford).

A California team’s defense could see the likes of defensive end/linebacker Antwan Applewhite and inside linebacker Matt McCoy (both San Diego State) leading the front seven, and might have to look outside the state – or perhaps attract some former Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers – for some regional flavor.

Potentially leading the special teams charge could be longtime Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (UCLA), who spent eight seasons in the Twin Cities after being undrafted in the NFL.

There will be plenty of high-quality talent for every A11FL team to choose from when the time comes. A California team should be able to stock a good portion of its team with easily-recognizable names and faces from college football seasons past.

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