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1 Season Four Media Guide Africa AA#3 Lion Conference

Season Four Media Guide

Africa AA#3

Lion Conference

1 Season Four Media Guide Africa AA#3 Lion Conference

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Table Of Contents

Season Four Schedule & Preview

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Opening Day Rosters

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Opening Day Starting Lineup

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The Coaching Staff

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Season Four Uniforms

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CockyTalk.com Stadium

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Season Three In Review

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Season Three Individual Team Statistics

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Season Three League Statistics

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2 Table Of Contents Season Four Schedule & Preview 3 Opening Day Rosters 4, 5 Opening

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Seaso n Four Schedule & Preview

3 Seaso n Four Schedule & Preview With the momentum from a two game winning streak

With the momentum from a two game winning streak to end the season, with one of the victories being possible the largest upset of the year in the league, and a great offseason, th e Durban DesertHawks look prone to breakout in the Lio n Conference this year and possibly make the playoffs.

Going into the offseason, the DesertHawks wer e solid at some positions, and had holes at others. Almos t all holes were patched in

the offseason, adding even better players to a t eam that was already on the brink of something great. P ossibly the largest area of concern on the whole team going into the offse ason was at linebacker. The linebackers weren’t bad at a ll; they had nice builds, but just weren’t there yet in terms of levels. To fix t his problem, the DesertHawks brought in two monster li nebackers in Bobby Dean

Bush and Eric Norwood, turning linebacker from

a weakness into a strength almost instantly. With one o f the best defensive lines,

linebacking corps, and defensive backfields in th e league, the DesertHawks should dominate nearly ever y opponent they play

defensively.

Overall, with the great coaching already in set, t o go along with an improved talent level, the DesertHaw ks should be a surprising group in Africa AA #3 play, with a very realistic s hot of making the playoffs.

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Ope ning Day Offensive Roster

4 Ope ning Day Offensive Roster
4 Ope ning Day Offensive Roster

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Ope ning Day Defensive Roster

5 Ope ning Day Defensive Roster Openin g Day Special Teams Roster

Openin g Day Special Teams Roster

5 Ope ning Day Defensive Roster Openin g Day Special Teams Roster
5 Ope ning Day Defensive Roster Openin g Day Special Teams Roster

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Ope ning Day Starting Lineup

6 Ope ning Day Starting Lineup
6 Ope ning Day Starting Lineup

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The Coaching Staff

Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

7 The Coaching Staff Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator ColaCock - ColaCock serves as both the head coach

ColaCock- ColaCock serves as both the head coach and offensive coordinator of the Durban DesertHawks, and rightfully so, as he owns them. As head coach of the team, he keeps his feet in all areas of the team, even the ones he doesn’t coordinate, to make sure everything goes to plan. As offensive coordinator, he makes sure offensive players are set to play with certain tendencies to take advantage of opposing defenses weaknesses, as well as coming up with the individual gameplan for each game. As far as coaching goes, ColaCock is completely committed to the DesertHawks, as he does not hold a GM role on any other team. He also serves as the agent for three Durban DesertHawks; quarterback Joey Kane, receiver Kris Krocker, and safety Sonny Koufax. He also serves as the agent for Kurt Brinkley, a linebacker who plays for the AA #1 Perth Pirates.

Assistant Head Coach

7 The Coaching Staff Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator ColaCock - ColaCock serves as both the head coach

OrleansBlitz- Blitz serves as the right hand man to ColaCock, in fact stepping in for him as head coach when the time needs. As the assistant head coach, Blitz doesn’t specialize in anyone department of the team. Like ColaCock, OrleansBlitz only holds general manager duties with the Durban DesertHawks. He serves as the agent for two Durban DesertHawks; tight end Van Shredder, and corner Swifty McSwifterson. He also serves as the agent for guard Aloysius Nickles, who plays for the Vientiane Pirates, a Southeast Asia AAA #1 team.

7 The Coaching Staff Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator ColaCock - ColaCock serves as both the head coach

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Defensive Coordinator

8 Defensive Coordinator jdellis45, chadrick2 - Ellis and Chadrick both se rve as the teams defensive
8 Defensive Coordinator jdellis45, chadrick2 - Ellis and Chadrick both se rve as the teams defensive

jdellis45, chadrick2- Ellis and Chadrick both se rve as the teams defensive coordinator. Like ColaCock o n the offensive side of the

ball, their main job is to make sure players are p repared to play a certain way to take advantage of weak nesses, as well as come up with the gameplan for each contest. Ellis is the l one member of the DesertHawks staff to also hold a gen eral manager position on another team; he also coaches the PGL Gamers, a Western Europe AA #1 team. Chadrick was name co-d efensive coordinator in the

preseason leading up to season four. Ellis serves

as agent for four DesertHawk players; defensive end Tr avian Robertson, safety

Emmanuel Cook, receiver Syvelle Newton, and t ight end Andy Boyd. Along with his Durban players, Ellis also represents three non- DesertHawks; corner JD Ellis who plays for the a forementioned PGL Gamers, linebacker Casper Brinkley who plays for the Eastern Europe AA #4 Tallaght Outlaws, and corner Capt ain Munnerlyn, who plays for El Fuego, an Oceania AA # 2 team. Chadrick represents

two players, both whom play for Durban; corne r Captain Eraser and receiver Sidney Sharpe.

Recruiting Coordinator

8 Defensive Coordinator jdellis45, chadrick2 - Ellis and Chadrick both se rve as the teams defensive

Sneez- Sneez is the lone general manager whos e job is to directly coach the team. Instead, Sneez’s task is to identify, and sign new

players when the time needs. Having someone

who can focus on recruiting is essential for any team, esp ecially with the growing

competition. Unlike other recruiters, Sneez’s str ategy isn’t to just shove as much cash as he can afford at

high leveled players;

instead he likes to more reasonable players at t he same level, or lower leveled players who can be built up. Sneez does have it somewhat easier than other recruiting coordina tors, as he can recruit CockyTalk.com quite effectively, a nd the players there usually

are demanding ridiculous amounts of cash. Like the majority of the coaching staff, Sneez does not hold a

on another team. He represents four Durban pl ayers; punter Ryan Hawkin, corner Captain Courageous,

general manager position and fullback Clark Ironhead.

He also represents Sneez Eagle, a safety who pla ys for the Radio City Irrelevants, a team based in the US A BBB #9 League.

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Season Four Uniforms

9 Season Four Uniforms For the second season in a row, the DesertHawks will be sporting

For the second season in a row, the DesertHawks will be sporting the best uniforms in all of Africa. Designed by owner ColaCock in collaboration with UnderArmour, the DesertHawks uniform has a modern, but not overdone look to it. The DesertHawks switch between three different uniforms; the green uniform that is usually worn at home games, the white away uniform which is usually donned at away games, and the gold uniform, which is used for special occasions, both home and away.

The gold uniform is donned during special home games, but occasionally for away games as well; while Durban doesn’t suffer from record setting heat, some other teams in the league do. As a result, the home team may decide to don the cooler white jerseys instead of the customary usually darker home jerseys. With white jerseys out of the picture for some away games, the DesertHawks don the gold jerseys, which is warmer than the whites, but much, much cooler than the dark green uniform.

As for the helmet, the DesertHawks don the same helmet no matter the occasion; a white helmet featuring green and navy blue lettering, with the iconic DesertHawk logo emblazoned on the side.

9 Season Four Uniforms For the second season in a row, the DesertHawks will be sporting
9 Season Four Uniforms For the second season in a row, the DesertHawks will be sporting

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CockyTalk.com Stadium

Capacity: 14, 360

10 CockyTalk.com Stadium Capacity: 14, 360 This is the second season in a row that the

This is the second season in a row that the DesertHawks are set to play in their current facility, although it’ll be much different this year; the DesertHawks have added endzone seating as well as expanding the club section, and the stadium finally has an official name.

The DesertHawks played their inaugural season with only the basics in terms of seating; basic level seating on both sides as well as a few club seats for the more privileged fan. However with an ever growing fan support and the money to spend, the DesertHawks opted to go into construction in the offseason. While the stadium certainly isn’t the largest in the league, it’s much better than it was. Throughout the offseason the team was able to get basic endzone seating, while also adding more club suites. Overall, the DesertHawks construction moves meant that thousands more Durban residents can attend a DesertHawks game this season.

There will be one other completely new aspect to the stadium as well; the stadium has finally been named. Throughout the first season of existence, the stadium kept its original, temporary name; Lightning Stadium. The team had planned to give the stadium an official name during the first season, but never got around to it once the season actually started. With the much extended offseason this time around though, the team was finally able to pick a name. The DesertHawks finally settled on CockyTalk.com Stadium, and with reason; the team was started by a CockyTalk.com member and consisted mainly of fellow CockyTalk.com posters. The name was a tribute to the website that brought most of the players together and should be a mainstay name for many seasons to come.

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Season Three In Review

7-9(10 th Place) Africa AA #3 Lion Conference

Season Three was the inaugural season for the DesertHawks, a team based in Durban, South Africa. In fact, it was an inaugural season for all African teams. Season three welcomed the first chance for teams to form leagues and play on the African continent. Leagues had sprung up all over the world and were reaching capacity, so it was only right that Africa, the second largest as well as second most populous continent in the world, would welcome in new expansion leagues.

The first teams to grace the African soil were to be new completely new, independent clubs. Everything about them would have to be built from the ground up: Rosters, stadiums, tradition, and any every other football-related aspect. This provided a fresh start for the players who decided to join the exotic leagues; instead of joining a team that already had an established history, they could write their own history.

Durban was one of these teams. Beginning as a club based on the tiny islands of Sao Tome and Principe, the team quickly relocated to the largest port city in all of Africa. It was an ideal fit for a team, boasting a large population, as well as a Mediterranean climate and many American friendly accommodations.

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Unlike most African clubs, the DesertHawks assembled players that were already familiar with each other. Not that they had played together on past teams, but that the team was made of mostly South Carolina Gamecocks fans who belonged to the CockyTalk.com forum. There was a high level of unity among the DesertHawks players, as they weren’t total strangers tossed onto a new team.

The DesertHawks weren’t the most talented team in the conference, but through proper coaching and effort, put together a very respectable 7-9 record their inaugural season, just missing the playoffs.

The first and second halves of the inaugural season were night and day. Through the first eight games of the season, the DesertHawks were 5-3. However they had the easiest first half schedule in the conference, playing only three teams with a winning record, and those teams were the only ones to defeat Durban during the first half stretch. All together the teams posted a combined 49- 80 record.

The second half of the season was the complete opposite. The DesertHawks were rated as having the hardest second half schedule in the conference. The teams in the second half of the schedule combined to post a 79-50 record. Only two of those teams didn’t make the playoffs, and the DesertHawks travelled to Cape Verde to play the future league champion Kings during the stretch as well. With the much more difficult schedule came fewer victories. In fact, the DesertHawks only won two of the eight games during the second half of the season.

However during the stretch would also feature the most memorable moment of the DesertHawks inaugural season. Sitting at 5-9 and riding a 6 game losing streak, Durban was set to play the then 13-1 South Africa Hitmen, who were ranked as the best team in the conference. The Hitmen were heavy favorites to be the leagues first champion, with wins over Cape Verde and Sahara. The Hitmen were heavy favorites to win the game, with most believing the victory would come in a blow out style.

However, through luck, will, and coaching, the DesertHawks would prove the experts wrong. The 15 th game of the season would be recorded as a Durban victory. Whether the Hitmen were overlooking the DesertHawks, or they simply were outcoached, the DesertHawks pulled off possibly the biggest upset of the season, defeating the then number one team in the conference 26-23. It was the biggest victory of the season, and provided hope of great season to come. Durban would ride the momentum to an easy victory of the Zulu Nation, ending the season on a two game winning streak.

Overall, the season was a relative success. While DesertHawks didn’t make the playoffs, they showed they were an up and coming team not to be overlooked. With improved talent, look for the DesertHawks to be a playoff contender in Season Four.

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Season Three Passing Statistics

12 Season Three Passing Statistics Season Three Rushing Statistics Season Three Receiving Statistics Season Three Kick/Punt

Season Three Rushing Statistics

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Season Three Kick/Punt Return Statistics

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Season Three Kicking/Punting Statistics

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Season Three Blocking/Other Statistics

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Season Three Defensive Statistics

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Season Three League Passing Statistics

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Season Three League Rushing Statistics

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Season Three League Receiving Statistics

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Season Three League Kick/Punt Return Statistics

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Season Three League Kicking/Punting Statistics

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Season Three League Blocking/Other Statistics

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Season Three League Defense Statistics

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