The quarterback is the lifeblood of any football offense, at any level.
This certainly won’t be an exception in the A11 Football League. Not only will A11FL teams need to have a strong, accurate and mobile starting quarterback, but they also will have to have all those qualities in their backup pivot, too.
On Tuesday, we looked at the territorial college possibilities for each of the 12 finalist cities for the eight charter A11FL teams. Today, we look at how those possibilities may translate into quarterbacks for each finalist city.
Of course, perhaps the most-watched A11FL quarterback situation so far is in Tampa, where a potential team clearly would be the home of one Tim Tebow (Florida). Beyond Tebow, however, a Tampa team could draw from a pool which might include ex-Florida State Seminoles Christian Ponder and Adrian McPherson, and ex-Georgia Tech option quarterback Tevin Washington.
A potential Dallas A11FL franchise would be an attractive option for former Longhorn and Tennessee Titan Vince Young, who immediately would be the face of that team. But it might also have the option of a couple former Kansas State Wildcats – Josh Freeman and Collin Klein – as well.
A Chicago A11FL might deal with an overflow of top-quality A11-type pivots, led by Northern Illinois standout Jordan Lynch. Northwestern alum and ex-Philadelphia Eagle Mike Kafka could be in the mix, along with current Wildcat QB/slot receiver Kain Colter, recent Illinois standout Nathan Scheelhaase and Nebraska dual-threat Taylor Martinez.
Staying in the Midwest, a Detroit A11FL team would have a lot of run-pass quarterback options, led by current Jacksonville Jaguars “offensive weapon” Denard Robinson (Michigan), former Miami Dolphin Pat White (West Virginia) and current Canadian Football Leaguer Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan). LeFevour would have the edge with as much professional experience as he has, but White is intriguing in potential two-quarterback sets.
A New York A11FL team could feature youngsters like Boston College’s Chase Rettig or Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton (who could be the A11FL’s version of Matt Cassel), or it could go with a veteran like Troy Smith (Ohio State), who has signed a long-term deal with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.
A San Antonio A11FL squad might want to take a flyer on former LSU and NFL No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, a more current former LSU pivot in Jordan Jefferson (the leading rusher and second-leading passer for the Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power last year) or two former Texas college standouts in Graham Harrell (Texas Tech) and Stephen McGee (Texas A&M).
Moving to the Northwest, a potential Seattle A11FL team may have the services of ex-Oregon quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Darron Thomas, or perhaps an intriguing option like current Detroit Lion and former Boise Stater Kellen Moore.
The best possible Denver A11FL quarterback is former Chicago Bear and Colorado State Ram Caleb Hanie, a Philadelphia team could be led by Virginia Tech standout Logan Thomas and a Phoenix franchise could go with Arizona lefty B.J. Denker. But those teams, along with Los Angeles and San Francisco, depending on what cities ultimately are chosen, may have to lean heavily on the common draft and free agency for their quarterbacks.