The American Arena League will have two affiliate teams competing in their inaugural season. Both the Austin Wild and New England Calvary will be looking to prove they both deserve to be full-time teams in the AAL come the 2019 season. Both teams also have special talent that could help them get there.
New England has many talented players who have spent many years playing semi-pro football. Running back/kicker Larry Gregory has played in two leagues, winning awards such as MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year.
Luis Garcia Jr. recorded seven interceptions, 18 pass breakups and four defensive touchdowns and won a title during his time with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers. Wide receiver Kayshawn Brantley recorded 14 touchdowns in 2016 with the Western Mass Armor.
The Calvary also have three quarterbacks that could lead the team to success should they start. Cory Burham is the UMass Dartmouth in passing attempts and completions. He is also second in passing yards and touchdown passes.
Giovanni Sanders and Drew Bolton are also talented quarterbacks. Both can both pass well and can also run the ball if needed.
“I look forward to making a good name for ourselves,” owner Kevin James told Inside the Arena. New England plays their first AAL team when they face the Richmond Roughriders on April 28.
As for Austin, they have not announced any signings via social media, but quarterback Travis Martin told Stephen Ur back in January “I think we have a team to shock the league.” They play their first AAL game against the Upstate Dragons on March 31.