Players to watch: #7 QB Jakeb Sullivan: Height: 1,85m, Weight: 88kg. Season: 14 TDs passing, 4 TDs rushing, 1378 passing yards, 65.7% completion percentage. DIV II passing record at his college in South Dakota, father was his first ever football coach and HC in high school - Week 7: 206 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 66,7% completion rate / 2 TDs as rushing QB. Week 5: 268 yards, 4 TDs but also 3 INTs and a 45,9% completion rate.
#41 LB Sebastian Gauthier: Height: 1,82m, Weight: 95kg, Week 7: 7 solo tackles (10 total tackles), 1 sack, 5 TFL for 8 yards, 1 INT, 1 deflected pass. Season: 30 solo tackles, 4 sacks, 3 INT (INT against Panthers in week 3 resulted in pick six), 10 TFL. Swedish player who already played for Frankfurt Universe in the GFL. Week 4: 1 INT, 5 solo tackles and 1 TFL against Cologne // Week 5: 2 sacks, 7 solo tackles (Frankfurt´s defense had 8 sacks against Barcelona).
#11 WR Anthony Mahoungou - Week 7: 8 receptions, 177 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD + recovered the forced fumble (by Zach Blair - Stuttgart) in the end zone. Week 5: 2 receptions, 2 TDs (22, 10 yards) - had one kickoff return for 39 yards and 1 solo tackle on defense.
Additional player stats: #22 RB Gerald Ameln - Week 7: 8 carries, 67 net rushing yards, 1 TD, 8.4 yards per rush.
Frankfurt´s rushing offense in Week 7: 5 rushing touchdowns (Ameln, Schneikert, Rodney, 2x QB Sullivan) - Together 153 net rushing yards. Keep an eye on #33 RB Justin Rodney (Week 7: 4 carries, 19 net rushing yards, 1 TD)
#19 WR Nico Strahmann - Week 5: 5 receptions (one for 62 yards), 94 receiving yards, 2 TDs - He scored the first TD in the game against Cologne in Week 4 - 3 TDs in the two games before the bye-week. Against Stuttgart in Week 7: 1 reception for 12 yards.
#10 CB Omari Williams: Height: 1,86m, Weight: 82kg, Season: 3 INTs. Played football in Germany before, had two great interceptions in week 3 against the Panthers, one was a spectacular one-handed catch. Had a great performance against WR Pounds (Cologne) in week 4 and against Jean Constant in week 5. Pounds first scored in the 2nd half while Williams was substituted to recover for the game against Barcelona (Frankfurt won the first half 31:0). Week 5: 1 INT (return for 41 yards), 3 total tackles. Week 7: “Only” 1 deflected pass against Stuttgart.
Unofficial team stats: Games: 6 / Average Net Yards Rushing per Game: 141,17 / Average Per Rush: 4,97 / Rushing Touchdowns: 13 / Average Net Yards Passing per Game: 226,67 / Average per Completion: 11,43 / Passing Touchdowns: 15 / Punt Return TDs: 0 / Kickoff Return TDs: 0 / Interceptions by Defense: 9 / Scored a pick six (INT return TD): 1 / Average Possession Time: 31:20 / 3rd Down Conversions: 25 of 67 / 4th Down Conversions: 5 of 7 / PAT: 17 of 26 / FG: 4 of 10 / Allowed 3rd Down Conversions by Defense: 21 of 80 / Allowed 4th Down Conversions by Defense: 6 of 11
Head Coach: Thomas Kösling - was with the Frankfurt Universe in the GFL. Started as DC, then HC (He is also the DC for Frankfurt Galaxy) - Played LB himself. He works as a police officer. Sebastian Silva Gomez talked about his clear statements and his authority in the podcast “Euro Ballers” (Title: WEEK #3 - around minute ten - German language).
His favorite NFL-Team: Minnesota Vikings - He started watching football when Randy Moss was drafted to the Vikings and was heavily impressed by him. Coaches he looked up to: Markus Grahn (won as a part of the coaching staff the World Bowl in 2006), Mike Williams (gave him his first coaching job - former HC of the Hamburg Huskies), Daniel Garcia and John Rosenberg.
Players to watch: #88 TE Adria Botella Moreno - Season: 6 games, 3 TDs, 386 receiving yards (8th in the ELF), 12,5 yards per completion. Week 7: 3 receptions for 38 yards. Week 6: 5 receptions against Wroclaw for 66 yards. Height: 1,98m, Weight: 112kg. He is the favorite target of QB Jadrian Clark - In Week 4-6 he had the (tied-) most receptions in the offense.
#10 QB Jadrian Clark: 10 touchdowns in 6 games, 7 INTs, 901 passing yards, 150.2 passing yards per game. Height: 1,90m, Weight: 95 kg. Played DIV I Football at Weber State. Week 7: 169 passing yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 53% completion rate - was sacked 6 times. Week 6: 165 passing yards + 80 yards rushing / 1 passing touchdown + 1 rushing touchdown.
#4 K/P Philipp Friis Andersen - Week 7: 5/5 FGs, 1/1 PAT, MVP candidate - 7 kickoffs, 61.9 average (3 touchbacks). Spent a short time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019 preseason). 17 of 18 successful field goals (had 10 in a row - had his first miss against the Panthers). Founded his own gin-label “Amager Gin” with two friends in 2020. Beside his kicking ability - he is a really good Punter who is often responsible for the good field positions from Hamburg´s perspective.
#34 RB Julian Ampaw - Week 7: 24 carries, 124 net rushing yards, 5.2 average per rush.
Additional player stats: #26 DB Justin Rogers: Week 7: 2 solo tackles, 1 deflected pass, 1 interception. MVP Week 5 - Scored 2 punt return TDs against Leipzig (3 returns for 173 yards). He already had one against Barcelona in Week 3. Played at UTEP (University of Texas, El Paso). Plays an important role in Hamburg Sea Devils defense - in Week 6 he had 6 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles and 2 deflected balls (Season: 2 INTs)- 40 yd-kickoff return / 58 yd-punt return. Height: 1,80m, Weight: 87kg.
#58 LB Jan-Phillip Bombek. ELF leader in sacks (Season: 6 games, 18 solo tackles - according to the game books, 10.5 sacks). Week 7: 2 total tackles (1 solo), 1,5 sacks/ 2 TFL, 1 deflected pass. Week 6: 1,5 sacks, 3 tackles (2 solo), 2 TFL (7 yards). Played DIV I Football for the Colorado State Rams. Works as a personnel consultant for IT specialists. In an interview before the game against Berlin in Week 4 he told the story that he received a contract offer from the LA Rams but COVID-19 and an expired visa shattered his dream to play in the NFL. Played together with Kendral Ellison (Defensive Coordinator - Sea Devils) for the Hamburg Huskies.
#95 DB Yeboah Evans - Week 7: 2 solo tackles (3 total), 2 sacks/TFL, 1 deflected pass. Week 6: 1 TFL (5 yards), 1 interception, 2 tackles (1 solo).
Unofficial team stats: Games: 6 / Average Net Yards Rushing per Game: 161,83 / Average Per Rush: 4,68 / Rushing Touchdowns: 6 / Average Net Yards Passing per Game: 136,67 / Average per Completion: 9,68 / Passing Touchdowns: 10 / Punt Return TDs: 3 / Kickoff Return TDs: 0 / Interceptions by Defense: 7 / Scored a pick six (INT return TD): 0 / Average Possession Time: 33:29 / 3rd Down Conversions: 27 of 76 / 4th Down Conversions: 5 of 5 / PAT: 19 of 22 / FG: 17 of 18 / Allowed 3rd Down Conversions by Defense: 18 of 80 / Allowed 4th Down Conversions by Defense: 3 of 9
Coaches: HC Andreas Nommensen: 1998 Eurobowl winner as player. 2009-2014 Kiel Baltic Hurricanes TE coach. Was a coach for the French National Team (Patrick Esume HC at that point), won world games in 2017, European Championship in 2018.
Favorite NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets - Coaches he looked up to: Patrick Esume, Bob Valesente (worked in the NFL and alongside Esume and Nommensen in Kiel and in France).