Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Texas A11FL team could end up with strong Longhorn influence


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 Texas-based A11FL team might want to pick up:

How would Texas football fans like to see quarterback Vince Young line up in the shotgun again in the spring and summer months? The ex-Longhorn and Tennessee Titans standout easily is the best of a group of possible quarterbacks that includes former Dallas Cowboy Stephen McGee (Texas A&M), ex-Texas Tech gunslinger Graham Harrell and Jordan Palmer (UTEP), brother of longtime National Football League starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

Young could hand off to veteran running back Cedric Benson (Texas), who posted all three of his 1,000-yard NFL rushing seasons from 2009-11. Whomever the quarterback and/or running back is could benefit from a fullback like Jorvorskie Lane (Texas A&M) or veteran Ahmard Hall (Texas). One available wide receiver who could thrive in an A11FL offense is former Longhorn Jordan Shipley.

Ex-New England Patriot and New Orleans Saint David Thomas, yet another Longhorn, would be the leading available tight end after 95 catches over the 2009-10 seasons.

The top potential Texas A11FL defensive lineman is former NFL first-round pick Ty Warren, who spent a decade in the league with the Patriots and Denver Broncos but has dealt with triceps issues in recent years. In the secondary, cornerbacks Stanford Routt (Houston) and Joselio Hanson (Texas Tech) each have logged eight NFL seasons.

There will be plenty of high-quality talent for every A11FL team to choose from when the time comes. A Young-to-Shipley passing combination would be formidable, and a Texas A11FL team would benefit greatly from the NFL-caliber athletes from state colleges and universities.

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