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The Hunt Report: Division III WR loosely compared to Hall of Famer Andre Reed, plus preview of the ELF Championship

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As I’ve said before, being a student athlete in college is a great time because you have a whole host of options for continuing to play the sport you love. Between the XFL starting in February and the USFL starting its second season in mid-April, coupled with what we’ve seen in the European Football League over the past two seasons, there’s a lot to look forward to after college if you will. keep seeing opportunities. We should also not forget the great work being done in the various indoor leagues such as the Indoor Football League and National Arena League.

Obviously, the NFL and CFL are the two well-known professional leagues, but not every player is ready to jump right into those leagues and make an impact. So in this week’s edition of The Hunt Report, I wanted to look at a few players who could make the switch right away, and others who could benefit from alternative leagues as a first starting point before working their way up into both NFL and CFL opportunities along the line.

For last week’s Hunt Report, then be sure to click here.

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We have reached the championship game in the ELF, and we get the Hamburg Monkfish and the Viennese Vikings in the last game. Both teams were the most consistent throughout the season. We’ve profiled a few of their players before in The Hunting Report, but here are two more to keep an eye on in this game. What makes these two players special is that it’s more than likely the most important match-up we’ll see on the perimeter.

CB Justin Rogers (Hamburg Monkfish)

  • Age: 24
  • Secondary school: UTEP
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Rogers is a click-and-close type angle and has an above average burst and speed for the position. He can sit and drive on the football and close the route very well. As one of the top return specialists in the ELF, he has the ball skills to make quarterbacks pay. What will be interesting to see in this game is how he manages to strike the balance between patience and aggressiveness against Vienna’s excellent passing attack. So far this season he has picked five passes leading the team.

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WR Jordan Bouah (Vienna Vikings)

  • Age: 27
  • Secondary school: Saddleback College
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 185

Bouah reminds me so much of Victor Cruz in how he can lower his hips and get in and out of his breaks. This both as a route runner and when he has the ball in his hands. He has a very good power to get out-physical defensive backs inside the route and at the capture point. I also like how he follows the ball deep into the field and because of that ability can be considered their best deep threat. If Vienna wants to take home the title, believe it will bring some deep shots to Bouah in this game.

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RB Keon Edwards

  • Secondary school: Western University
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 230

Edwards is a bulldozer of a back, with a really good first outburst through the hole. He has a bit of an upright style, but has quick enough feet to be able to change direction without any problem. With his first burst through the hole, he is not only able to hit, but maintain his top speed throughout the game. He is coming off a 1,264-yard rushing, 16 touchdown season in 2021 and is already off to a great start to 2022, rushing for more than 100 yards in each of his three games this year. Next game: September 24 vs. waterloo

QB Larry Harrington

  • Year: Senior
  • Secondary school: Langston (OK) University
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 190

I’m a big fan of QB Intangibles and Harrington has those specific traits you’re looking for in the position. He has been well coached at Langston by coach Quinton Morgan, and he has been a major reason why the Lions are consistently ranked in the NAIA polls. He has very good touch and placement on throws that go deeper into the field and shows good competence when the shot changes after the snap. Last week was probably his most complete game, throwing 420 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. There is a huge amount of room for growth and development within his game and from a physical perspective, but as I said before, there are plenty of options for him to get all three as a professional player. Next game: September 24 vs. Arkansas Baptist College

WR DeAngelo Hardy

  • Year: Junior
  • Secondary school: North Central (Illinois)
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 200
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Listen, I’m not throwing this name here as a 1:1 comparison, but more as a stylistic one. Hardy’s playing and fluency reminds me a lot of former Kutztown star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed. Again, stylistically compared to Reed. Hardy has a knack for getting skinny when he does his routes in traffic, especially on those skinny posts and corner routes. His fluidity shows when he has the ball in his hands as he is a great runner in the open field. He’s someone to keep under your hat for 2024. Next game: September 24 vs. Elmhurst University

OL Xavier Cason

  • Year: Senior
  • Secondary school: Emporia State
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 311

Cason handles the left tackle position for the Hornets and handles it very well. He has a very good body composition, which really stands out to me from a smaller program. He is a well composed prospect. I love his skill at running, and he does a fantastic job when he needs to take down a defender or block straight up. His eyes in pass pro are solid as he is not fooled by stunts and twists. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, position-wise, as a pro. I think he’s more of a next level guard. Next game: September 24 vs. Pittsburg State

QB Noah Mitchell

  • Year: Senior
  • Secondary school: California (Pennsylvania)
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 220

The Vulcans have a talented passer, arguably the best in the PSAC, in Mitchell. I like the way he puts the ball to the top and he shows absolutely no fear of going for the big game. He gets very good speed on his strides and puts it in front where a receiver won’t break. He gets better every year and has a great start this season with seven touchdowns on just one interception. He’ll find himself in someone’s postseason all-star game when it’s all said and done. Next game: September 24 vs. Edinboro

CB Eddie Morales III

  • Year: graduated student
  • Secondary school: monmouth
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 185
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Morales is a fantastic one american football player. I emphasized the footballer part because you can tell he played a lot of it growing up. From an instinctive, consciousness and general perspective of playmaking, he has it all. He impresses, both in cover and in the return leg, as one of the best point memories in the FCS. He is a three-time All-Big South performer with six interceptions and 22 pass breaks on his resume. Morales is able to play both man and zone coverage and should have a home as a closing defender. Next game: September 24 vs. Villanova

LB Michael Scott

  • Year: Senior
  • Secondary school: south dakota
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 240

Scott is more of a classic SAM backer and does really well as an attack defender. He can stack and throw blocks well, put a physical lead on the run, break free from a block and stop. He started his career back at Tulane in 2017, then to Iowa Western CC in 2018, where he played defensively before moving to linebacker with Akron in 2019, and he has acclimated himself well. He broke out in the opener this year against Kansas State and has four loss tackles, three sacks, two pass breaks and 14 solo stops in the season so far. Next game: September 24 vs. Villanova

RB Alfonzo Graham

  • Year: Senior
  • Secondary school: State of Morgan
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 180

Graham is explosive in all directions. His eyes and feet are in constant harmony. That marriage between the two allows him to get himself out of trouble if a problem arises. He has the groundbreaking ability to rip off a piece of play on any given carry, constantly clashing the defense as it approaches him when carrying the ball. More importantly for the next level, he has skills and experience in the return leg. Reminds me a lot of current Tennessee Titan and former Virginia State star Trenton Cannon. Next game: October 1 vs. Virginia University Lynchburg

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