210912 Hamburg Sea Devils - Panthers Wroclaw

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Hamburg Sea Devils

Players to watch: #88 TE Adria Botella Moreno - Season: 9 games, 6 TDs, 462 receiving yards, 10,74 yards per completion. Week 10: Clark tried to pass the ball to him four times but without success. Week 9: 6 receptions, 3 TDs, 58 receiving yards. Week 8: 6 receptions, 47 yards. 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.

#10 QB Jadrian Clark: 15 touchdowns in 9 games, 10 INTs, 1387 passing yards, 59,45% completion rate. Height: 1,90m, Weight: 95 kg. Played DIV I Football at Weber State. Week 10: 164 yards, 1 TD, 60,87% completion rate. Week 9: 183 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 63,6% completion rate, was sacked 3 times. Week 8: 139 yards, 1 INT, 68,2% completion rate. 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.

#26 DB Justin Rogers: Week 10: 95 yards kickoff return TD (4th return TD of the season), 3 solo tackles, 1 INT, 1 deflected pass. Played in Week 12: Had 4 returns (2x punt return, 2x kickoff return - for 86 yards) Week 9: 3 solo tackles, 1 INT. Week 8:  5 solo tackles (8 total tackles) / 3 TFL. He had 9 returns (3 punt / 6 kickoff) for 170 yards (average 18,88). 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. He was ranked as the 8th best player of the ELF by Lorenz Leinweber (Sports Illustrated) - the best DB in the league. 

#24 RB Xavier Jerome Johnson - Week 10: 14 carries, 80 net rushing yards, 1 TD + 1 completed pass to Clark for 12 yards (trickplay). He had to recover throughout the last weeks but Hamburg needed him despite his (injured) status - Now he is back and should be completely fit again. Week 9: 19 carries, 110 net rushing yards, 20 receiving yards (3 receptions). Week 8: 15 carries for 37 net rushing yards - 3 catches for 28 yards. 

Additional player stats:  #4 K/P Philipp Friis Andersen - Season: 22 of 26 FG attempts were successful. Week 11: Missed two FGs (45, 46 yards), 2/2 PATs and 1/3 FGs - incredible FG for 59 yards - new ELF record. Week 10: 1/1 FG (31 yards), 3/3 PATs. Week 9: 0/1 FG, 4/4 PATs Week 8: 3/3 FGs, 4 out of 5 kickoffs have been touchbacks. 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). 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.

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).


Panthers Wroclaw

Players to watch: #2 QB Lukas O'Connor - Season: 10 games, 2881 passing yards, 24 TDs - QBR: 92.24. Week 12: 160 passing yards, 1 TD, 59,26% completion rate. Week 11: 342 passing yards, 3 TDs, C-A-I: 33-53-0 (62,3%). Week 10: 355 passing yards, 2 TDs, 69,7% completion rate.  Week 9: 195 passing yards, 1 TD, 4 interceptions, 48,5% completion rate. Week 7: 291 passing yards, 2 TDs, 56,8% completion rate. Week 6: 356 passing yards, 1 TD, 60,7% completion rate. Height: 1,93m, Weight: 98kg 

#12 WR Kevontae Turpin - Week 12: 3 receptions (2 yards) and 1 TD. Week 11: 11 receptions, 104 receiving yards + 15 net rushing yards, 2 TDs (1x rushing / 1x receiving). Week 10 against Hamburg: 7 receptions, 148 yards, 2 TDs - had the full first week of practice with his team and had an outstanding performance against Hamburg (He had also 136 return yards - 2 punt returns, 3 kickoff returns - and one carry for 9 yards: Total offense yards - 293). Kevontae Turpin (played 3 years for the Texas Christian University - BIG12) is a big threat for every team in the ELF: He suits perfectly into the system of the Panthers and can help to fix some issues on their offense. He is freaky fast, exciting to watch on special teams, and has the ability to play RB/WR.  

#25 RB Philéas Pasqualini - Week 12: 23 carries, 114 net rushing yards, 2 TDs, 4.95 yards per rush. “This Sunday, the fans can expect a very tough game, for sure. Both teams want that spot in the final and both teams will give everything for that, believe that. It will be a very physical game.”

Additional player stats: #23 WR Jakub Mazan - Week 12: 6 receptions for 79 yards. Week 11: 4 catches for 93 yards. Week 10: 4 catches, 110 yards. Week 9: 3 catches, 66 receiving yards, 1 TD.

#82 WR Przemek Banat - Week 12: 4 receptions for 52 yards. Week 11: 8 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD. Week 10: 3 catches, 24 yards. Week 9: 3 catches, 32 yards. Week 7: 7 catches, 95 yards, 1 TD. Week 6 and Week 5: Had back-to-back outstanding performances against Berlin and Hamburg: 2 TDs, 8 receptions for 111 yards (Week 5), 7 receptions and 170 yards (Week 6). Wrocław Panthers’ General Manager Kuba Głogowski said about him: “We often call Przemek [Banat] ‘the best hands in Poland’. He is this type of receiver who might not play spectacular the whole game, but when you need him, he will be there and make it happen. At the same time, he is probably the most down-to-earth WR you can imagine. If you see him fired up at a game, that means the other team is really in trouble”.

#1 DB Darius Robinson - Week 12: 5 total tackles (2 solo). Week 11: 2 solo tackles for a loss of 4 yards, 3 deflected passes. He is one of the best CBs in the league. The WRs that play against him usually have less yards than usual. Week 10: 2 solo tackles (Turpin took his job as returner.) Week 9: 1 assisted tackle (TFL), 1 deflected pass. Week 8: 5 solo tackles (6 total), 1 deflected pass. Week 6: Scored a Pick-Six (INT return TD - 35 yards) vs. Hamburg, 3 total tackles and 1 deflected ball. (Scored a 95-yd kickoff return TD against Berlin in Week 5). 

#44 K Tadgh Leader - Week 12: 0/1 FG (44 yards), 3/3 PATs. Week 11: 3/3 FGs (44, 30, 24 yards) - 2 out of 4 PAT kicks. Leader is such a big factor for the possible close games in the next weeks. Week 10: 3 out of 4 FGs (Good: 52, 47, 25 - missed 33 - ELF record: 56 yards) + 3/3 PAT kicks. He was signed mid-season and finally found his rhythm. Leader is a former Irish rugby player. He tried to make his way into the NFL as a player in the 2021 Spring League (he played for the Aviators). He kicked his first ever field goal on national television in the Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) - Nickname: Tiger 

#4 LB William Lloyd - Week 12: 7 total tackles (3 solo tackles). Week 11: 7 total tackles (1 solo, 6 assisted) - 1 sack / 3 TFL. Week 10: 13 total tackles, 8 solo tackles Week 9: 9 total tackles (4 solo tackles), 1 INT. Was mentioned as one of the Top 10 Players (#6) in the league by Sports Illustrated author Lorenz Leinweber. 

Head Coach: Jakub Samel, 32 years old, started playing football in 2008. Won the Polish championship as a player in his second season in Katowice. 2016: Started as the OL-Coach for the Wroclaw Panthers (under Europe's legendary coach Nick Johansen). Intern 2018 Troy University and Intern 2019 West Virginia University. Europe's 2020 Coach of the Year by “Podyum Recruit”. 

Favorite NFL Team: NY Giants; Samel tries to study different coaches not only in football but also in other sports to learn and get inspired for his own work.