The LandSharks have reloaded
04/10/03 LandSharks Press Release
In three years, a lot of things can happen. A lot of people come and go in life and many things change. One thing that has not changed is the Lake Charles LandSharks winning. Through three games, the LandSharks lead the NIFL in scoring, averaging 56 points/game. The LandSharks are allowing just 31 points/game, a difference of 25 points/game. The names on the LandSharks defense should be familiar since most of them have played all three years; however, the 2003 version of the LandSharks offense has been revised.
The constant for the LandSharks is the defense, which has remained basically intact, losing only LB’s Bryan Blake (traded to Beaumont for WR Jacobe Austin and C Derrick Lewis) and Charles Ayro. In their third season of indoor play, the LandSharks expect this experienced defense to lead the way in taking the next step in the playoffs.
Unlike the defense, the LandSharks offense has many new faces. The only remaining starter from last season’s LandSharks team is QB Ted Robison, who missed much of last season due to injury. Robison is fully recovered from his sternum injury and hopes to remain healthy this season. If the need arises, Earl Vercher would take over the signal calling duties for the Sharks. Vercher played QB and WR for the Sharks during their inaugural 2001 season.
Replacing the receiving duo of Shadrick McAfee and Eric Young won’t be easy, but WR’s Jermaine Martin, Jacobe Austin, and Earl Vercher will present a three-headed monster that opposing defenses will be hard-pressed to stop. Add to that RB David Winbush, the #6 career rusher at the University of Kansas, and the LandSharks believe they have the right formula for a championship run. Even with so much talent at the skill positions, a championship team needs a solid foundation, which the LandSharks believe they have found in the offensive line. The LandSharks will rely on C Derrick Lewis and the guard combination of Reggie Nelson and Major Griffin to give Robison time to throw and Winbush room to roll.
Fan favorite Whitney Hillin has moved on. Hillin has been replaced by Clint Sanford. Though Sanford presently lacks the touch needed on kickoffs in the NIFL, he will no doubt succeed in this league once he gets used to his indoor surroundings.
Returning LandSharks: QB Ted Robison, QB/WR Earl Vercher, WR/DB Anthony Whitehead, OL/DL Myron Turner, DE Clarence Ceasar, DE Kendall Shello, DL Michael Warren, LB/S Darnell Lee, LB Butch Monticello, CB Corey Stewart, CB/S Anthony Porter, and S Warren St. Junious.
New LandSharks: RB David Winbush, RB Anthony Johnson, WR Jermaine Martin, WR Jacobe Austin, C Derrick Lewis, OL Reggie Nelson, OL/DL Major Griffin, and K Clint Sanford.
Traded: The LandSharks sent LB Bryan Blake to Beaumont for WR Jacobe Austin and C Derrick Lewis.
For additional information, call 477-3467.