German Bowl XXXI|
Berlin Adler 28
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 21
Schwäb. Hall Unicorns 21
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 22
Berlin Adler 36
Marburg Mercenaries 21
Schwäb. Hall Unicorns 46
Assindia Cardinals 25
Marburg Mercenaries 64
Dresden Monarchs 63
Berlin Adler 30
Weinheim Longhorns 13
Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 20
Stuttgart Scorpions 6
Franken Knights 7
Munich Cowboys 19
Munich Cowboys 28
Franken Knights 24
Duft's status grows along with statistics|
veröffentlicht am 15.Aug.2003 @ 18:20:46 von MEB
Marcel Duft, wide receiver for the Rhein Main Razorbacks is having a “break out” season in 2003. Most would have discounted Duft´s chances for success in the physically challenging world of American football because of his size. He stands 1.74 and weighs 75 kilos.
Duft is easily one of the smallest players on the Razorback’s team and probably in the entire GFL. But according to his coach, he looms large in the Razorbacks present and future plans for success.
“Marcel isn’t a big target, but he is quick and has great hands. Normally, if you get the ball around him, he will make the catch. But, I can guarantee you that he may have the biggest heart of any player in this or any league. He competes hard and gives his best when he is on the field.” stated Rhein Main Razorbacks Head Football Coach Mike Wyatt.
Only 8 games into the 2003 German Football League season and Duft already has accounted for 1,033 receiving yards on 41 receptions, averaging 25.2 yards per catch and has scored 11 touchdowns. He joins a select and small group of receivers to have ever reached that 1,000 yard milestone in a season. But, the Razorbacks have two other players on pace to hit the mark, as well in wide receiver Eddie Larkins and all purpose player Mike Lawrence. Larkins needs 199 yards and is averaging 100.2 yards per game receiving, while Lawrence needs 263 to hit 1,000 receiving yards, currently averaging 92.1 yards per game.
“I coached the first offense in college football to have two receivers catch a thousand yards in passes during the same season back in 1987. Since then, I have had that occur several more times, but in 26 years of coaching, I have never had three receivers catch 1,000 yards in passes.” added Wyatt.
Normally, when one looks at the big stats in the GFL, they are attributed to import players. Duft is unique in that he leads his team in receiving yards as a German player. His early season success drew the eye of Martin Hanslemann and his German National Team coaching staff and Duft was selected as a member of the German National Team that won the bronze medal in the recent World Cup of American Football.
Duft had achieved notoriety as a youth player being named to the Hessen All Star team as well as Team Europe, but in his third season with the Razorbacks, his star currently shines brightest.
“I always tell players when a door closes, sometimes a window opens. In this case, when another Razorback receiver extraordinaire, Patrick Wolf, opted to play in Mainz, it opened the door for Marcel to step up his play. He became a quick favorite of our quarterback, Clay Groefsema and has been a leader in as fine a corps of receivers as exists in European American football.” Wyatt noted.
Duft has also been a key player on Razorback special teams. He has scored 14 points on extra point kicks, two two point conversions and has kicked two field goals. He also has punted for the Razorbacks and has also been the holder on extra points, as well as return punts and kickoffs.
“If we were to give a team most valuable player award to this point in the season, Duft would win it going away. He does a lot of things for our team and always gives his best, unselfishly.” Wyatt noted.
Though his Razorbacks fell to the Braunschweig Lions last Saturday, Duft accounted for 129 yards on 6 receptions and two touchdowns. He will hope to help his team on track on Saturday, August 17 when the Razorbacks face the Marburg Mercenaries in a contest at 16:00 in Stadion Am Sommerdamm in Rüsselsheim.
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