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2015 TEAM PREVIEW: MEMPHIS BLAST

By: GDFL Media

Gridiron Developmental Football League

Communications Director

 

MEMPHIS BLAST

Memphis BlastCity: Memphis, Tennessee
Nielsen U.S. TV market rank: 50th
Stadium: Legends Field
Colors: Navy, Yellow Gold, Silver and White
Head coach: Carlos Alexander
General Manager : Angela Clayton

 

Memphis, TN (April 4, 2015)

2014 Regular Season Record: 7-4 (2nd)

Last Playoff Appearance: 2014

Coach(Record): Carlos Alexander (16-7; 3rd Season as Head Coach,8th season total with Blast)

Returning Offensive Star: WR Jay Black

Returning Defensive Stars: MLB Charles Conway, DL Ivory Watson

Key Additions: WR Robert Fields (Missouri State), Terrell Williams (Trenton)

Key Subtractions: QB Dre Buford & Timothy Graham (Waivers)

Marquee Match-ups: vs. Bayou Vipers (Week 2); vs.Generals (Week 3)

Outlook: Today we get our first look at the oldest member of the Gridiron Developmental Football League, the Memphis Blast are coming fresh off of a 2014, 1st round playoff upset against the Bayou Vipers who they dismantled in regular season 34-0, Memphis enters their fifteenth season covering a span that began back in 2000.

Backed by Coach Carlos Alexander,who enters his 3rd season at the helm,the Blast have reached the playoffs seven times including one playoff berth under Coach Alexander.However,they will have to answer the question of whether they can win their new southeast division and get past the first round of the playoffs.

Offensively,the club will have a major overhaul with last years starter and former Offensive QB Dre Buford and leading rusher Timothy Graham are no longer with the club. Rookie Scotty Snow and Veterans Lazarus Settle and Nathan Hawkins are embattled in a training camp battle that will come down to the wire.

Whoever comes out of camp as the starting QB, they will have some talented receiving targets including Veteran Jay Black and Michael Stackens,both key players in the clubs past success.Joining the duo on the outside is WR Robert Fields of (Missouri State) and Joe Nathan Harden and Roderick Whitehead while Memphis will experience a slight overhaul on the offensive line with two rookies expected to start in the season opener.

The core of the team will rest on the defensive side of the ball DL Ivory Watson,Kiomotti Ewing Jr.,LB Antonio Meyers, Lawrence Miller, Charles Conway, DB Robert Arnold, and DB Marquis Spurgon. All seven spent time with the Blast over the past season leading them to being one of overall top defensive units in the Nation.

One of the more interesting match-ups of the season will be the southeast Battle between Memphis and Louisiana in Week 2.Despite both teams being two of the GDFL’s longest running teams and sharing some of the same similarities,the Blast and Vipers will meet for the third time in Week 2 with the rematch taking place five weeks later in Memphis.

For the second consecutive season Blast fans will get the chance to witness two playoff contenders from the previous season line up. In Week 7 the Blast will host the defending Southeast Division Champion Vipers which could very well decide who wins the Division and who is mightier.

Coach Alexander comes with an impressive coaching resume,including a 10-4 all-time home record as well as some key victories against Indianapolis Tornadoes,and the Bayou Vipers at home. It will be key to watch the Blast transition from their previous Division. In 2014 the Blast transition into the Southwest led them to finishing the 2014 season with a 7-4 record. With a lot of newcomers on offense, and especially behind center, the club will not only have to adapt to the new Division but the rookies will have to become veterans quickly.

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