Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Michigan A11FL team won’t have problem filling roster with local talent

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 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 Michigan-based A11FL team might want to pick up:

Perhaps the best fit for Michigan at quarterback would be ex-Central Michigan standout and current Canadian Football League pivot Dan LeFevour. LeFevour spent two seasons (2010-11) in National Football League training camps and practice squads, and his high-quality run-pass ability has been a success in limited CFL duty. Another intriguing possibility would be former Michigan Wolverine Tate Forcier, a California native might be more comfortable out of the West Coast.

If healthy, a Michigan team would have a very good running back option in former Michigan State standout and ex-Tennessee Titan Javon Ringer. Of course, if cats and dogs can get along, and ex-Ohio State players were part of a potential regional assignment, then Chris “Beanie” Wells, who was a 1,000-yard rusher just two years ago, also would be in the mix.

At wide receiver, there could be ex-Wolverine and NFLer Braylon Edwards, who boasts 359 career catches and would be 32 years old when the 2015 A11FL season kicks off. Another available former Michigan standout is Steve Breaston (61 catches for Kansas City two years ago), while Saginaw Valley State’s Ruvell Martin has logged seven years of NFL time, as well.

Defensively, Michigan can come with a pair of ex-Buckeye linebackers – Thaddeus Gibson (fourth-round pick in 2010 NFL Draft) and Brian Rolle (sixth-round pick in 2011). It also could try to pluck defensive end Charleston Hughes, formerly of Division II Northwood and one of the top sack artists in the CFL.

There will be plenty of high-quality talent for every A11FL team to choose from when the time comes. Given the history of programs like Michigan and Michigan State, and being able to pluck players from smaller programs, a Michigan A11FL team will have no trouble finding high-quality, NFL-caliber talent that fits the A11FL game.

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