Danger on the Gridiron, Indoor Football returns to Grand Island
Day one of Nebraska Danger preseason practice is in the bag, bringing many new faces to the organization who have already set the bar high for this season.
Super Bowl Sunday may have passed, but in Grand Island another professional football league is just getting started.
With kick–off of the 2018 IFL season just a couple weeks away, the Nebraska Danger made sure they got started off on the right foot, holding their first team practice.
"As we go along and get towards the season, I think it's going to be special out there," said wide receiver Kenzel Doe. "You just wait."
From practicing new drills to short inner team scrimmages, the Danger took their first step toward their ultimate goal of the season.
"The ultimate goal is a championship," said quarterback Damien Fleming. "I mean bringing great players together and great coaches together to reach that one ultimate goal."
"Win it all and win a championship," said wide receiver Eric Thomas. "Everything else will just come last, so as long as we can win a championship everything will be alright."
After a busy off–season hiring three new coaches and signing 17 players, first year head coach Mark Stoute believes there's a lot of potential in this young program.
"We're excited about what we're doing," Stoute said. "It's a lot more aggressive defensively, it's a lot more aggressive offensively."
"More of an attack offense rather than trying to figure things out to dictate the things that we can do," Stoute continued.
One of the biggest changes this year comes under center with the Danger signing quarterback Damien Fleming who totaled 76 touchdowns with the Colorado Crush in 2016.
"I'm just real happy to be here, I mean it's a great organization," Fleming stated. "I've played in the IFL before, so I know the Nebraska Danger have always been one of the top organizations in the IFL, so I'm just happy to be here and see how things go."
"He's familiar with the terminology, you know, he's up to speed real quickly on everything we're doing," Stoute said. "So he's basically in his second year with this offensive scheme."
Meanwhile on defense, one big name that is returning to the Danger is defensive linemen Xzavie Jackson, who enters his 10th year in the IFL, leading the league with 77 career sacks.
"We just keeping it simple, running basic plays, like I said the team speed is what's going to help us out in the long run," Jackson said.
Coach Stoute and his squad are scheduled for two practices each day all through next week, leading up to the teams only preseason game in Cedar Rapids on Feb. 17, the day before these final cuts will be made to 25 players.