Frank Oliver lies on the turf grimacing in pain, he knew it as soon as it happened, it was fractured. His season done. His time in the bay area up in the air as hot shot rookie William Traylor is steering the Hammerheads to playoffs with the pedal to the metal.
It was first and ten, midway in the first quarter. Oliver takes the snap from center Barry Almanza, drops back, looks down primary receiver Jason Ludwig and fires as Scorpions linebacker Winston Carlson comes crashing down on Oliver, causing Oliver’s pass to take flight into the turf. Also causing the crackle heard around the league, Oliver’s leg pinned awkwardly as Winston full body weight of 215 pounds came screeching down on the future hall of famers leg.
Despite his ability to play at an elite level, many critics believed Frank Oliver’s time as the Hammerheads starting quarterback was fast approaching it’s end date. His bad days were increasing, becoming closer together than before. A rough outing against Birmingham in week two had some discouraged with the future hall of famer as he failed to put any points on the board for the first time as a Hammerhead, and had put up a measly stat line of 16/31, 191 yards and 0 TD’s, and 2 INT’s, and a QB rating of 43.9. Despite the narrow victory, he again failed to throw a TD pass in week six against Houston. Before his season ending injury Oliver had tossed a very un-Oliver like 9 TD’s and 5 INT’s on the year. His TD to INT ratio was his lowest since 2014.
Fast forward to week 12, rookie William Traylor is balling, coming off a big victory over division rivals Portland. Traylor had just thrown for 421 yards and 5 TD’s to 0 INT’s. The rookie is progressing at an alarming rate each and every week he starts. In the four games he has started the Hammerheads have averaged 36.8 points a game and are 3-1. He has thrown 16 TD’s to 8 INT’s for a quarterback rating 100.5.
Frank Oliver is William Traylor’s biggest fan, and Traylor is Oliver’s biggest student. The two break down film together as Oliver recovers from his fractured leg. He guides the rookie during games, often helping with play calling. Traylor credits Oliver for his steady growth as a quarterback.
At 33, there’s no question that Frank Oliver can still play at an elite level, the question is will he still play for the Hammerheads when he’s 34, or will the torch be passed?
With the 2024 regular season in the books, let take a look ahead for the teams not in the big dance with a way to early mock draft.
- Frankfurt (2-14) – Trade down. Frankfurt’s roster isn’t in to bad of shape, trading down will net them some needed extra picks without compromising to much.
- Tampa Bay(WTX) (13-3) – DT Michael Dent. It’s not often you see a top player in their respective position group have a 100 WE, but that’s exactly what Dent has. It’ll be hard to pass him up knowing that he has excellent strength, and is solid in all other meaningful attritubutes.
- San Francisco(TRI) (14-2) – QB William Traylor. Traylor lit up the college ranks and is primed to be the successor of future hall of famer Frank Oliver.
- Colorado (4-12) – WR Billy Diaz. A natural speedster, Diaz can stretch the field and can make would be tacklers miss. He could use some work in the catching department, but his high work ethic makes up for that.
- Manchester (4-12) – FS Mark Box. Not the fastest in his class, but the most pro ready FS available. Box has a high work ethic, and could be a day one starter for Manchester.
- Zurich (5-11) – DE Troy Bliss
- Washington (5-11) – SS Jason Duncan
- Carisle(POR) (13-3) – CB Larry Warren
- Georgia (6-10) – OT William Jones
- Philadelphia (6-10)- CB Jorge Quinn
- Orlando (6-10) – OC Paul Ziegler
- Nebraska (6-10) – OT Stephen Ogden
- London (6-10) – DT Trinidad Spence
- Cincinnati (6-10) – OG Andrew Reid
- Zurich (NJ) (5-11) – WR Kenneth Hunter
- Las Vegas (7-9) – DE Amos Nutter
- Costa Rica (8-8) – Trade Pick
- San Francisco (SIC) (14-2) – RB Danny Maas
- Carisle (WIS) (13-3) – LB Willie Rawlins
- San Diego (10-6) – OG Luis Rauch
First Team: Frank Oliver, San Francisco Hammerheads
Second Team: Rogelio Park, St. Louis Stallions
Third Team: Samuel Henderson, Wisconsin Warhawks
First Team: Alec Williams, Carisle Blue Demons
Second Team: Zack Lemons, New Jersey Bayhawks
Third Team: Willie Weston, Tampa Bay Sentinels
First Team: Charles Pittman, Wisconsin Warhawks
Second Team: Loren Dawkins, West Hampstead Mercurials
Third Team: Timothy Rosario, London Bulldogs
First Team: Jason Ludwig, San Francisco Hammerheads and Charles Fonseca, St. Louis Stallions
Second Team: Joel Hutto, Birmingham Bulls and Shawn Levine, Cincinnati Predators
Third Team: Walter Kenyon, Las Vegas Scorpions and Zachery Wiggens, Houston Pride
First Team: Edmond Chamberlin, San Francisco Hammerheads
Second Team: Dale Rodriguez, Houston Pride
Third Team: Wesley Sharkey, Birmingham Bulls
First Team: John Muhammad, West Hampstead Mercurials
Second Team: Darnell Gruber, Birmingham Bulls
Third Team: Ronald Savage, Ohio Cardinals
First Team: Tracy Abernathy, Costa Rica Howlers
Second Team: Ray Lacroix, Ohio Cardinals
Third Team: Theodore Leeper, New Jersey Bayhawks
First Team: Tommy Stubbs, Iowa Renegades and Anthony Sheldon, Ohio Cardinals
Second Team: Mark Norris, Birmingham Bulls and Roger Lilly, Orlando Dragons
Third Team: Glenn Zeller, St. Louis Stallions and Douglas Inman, Wisconsin Warhawks
First Team: Rocky Barrett, Houston Pride
Second Team: Michael Henry, Cincinnati Predators
Third Team: Curtis Shaver, St. Louis Stallions
First Team: William Peter, St. Louis Stallions and Harley McClanahan, St. Louis Stallions
Second Team: James Moore, Wisconsin Warhawks and Chris Whitley, New Jersey Bayhawks
Third Team: James Bowers, Houston Pride and Christopher Ramirez, Portland Reavers
First Team: Leandro Clemons, Colorado Mustangs and Tyree Wallace, San Francisco Hammerheads
Second Team: Mark Horvath, Nebraska Plainsmen and Zachary Bateman, St. Louis Stallions
Third Team: Phil Gonzales, Birmingham Bulls and Daniel Bowser, Philadelphia Bombers
First Team: Charles Dixon, San Francisco Hammerheads, Maurice Martin, London Bulldogs, and Ryan Barnette, Houston Pride
Second Team: Jamie Butterfield, Wisconsin Warhawks, Kyle Hagen Tampa Bay Sentinels, and Kenneth Christenson, Wisconsin Warhawks
Third Team: Eric Ward, Carisle Blue Demons, Aaron Harris, Las Vegas Scorpions and Jesse Snell, Birmingham Bulls
First Team: Walter Ortiz, Iowa Renegades and Alex Morrissey, Cincinnati Predators
Second Team: Steve Alvarez, Philadelphia Bombers and Martin Embry, Birmingham Bulls
Third Team: Frank Hatchett, Manchester Maulers and Derrick Knight, Wisconsin Warhawks
First Team: Ignacio Voss, Washington Freebirds
Second Team: Ray English, New Jersey Bayhawks
Third Team: Terrance Cardoza, Nebraska Plainsmen
First Team: Kenneth Hornsby, Trinidad Sharks
Second Team: Darron McAlister, New York Knights
Third Team: Lester Gonzalez, San Diego Raptors
First Team: Daniel Sims, Birmingham Bulls
Second Team: Stephen Shearer, Carisle Blue Demons
Third Team: Paul Shannon, Houston Pride
First Team: Damion Mitchel, Ohio Cardinals
Second Team: Earl Zamora, Frankfurt Vampires
Third Team: Michael Fritz, Washington Freebirds
First Team: Shawn Rubin, Ohio Cardinals
Second Team: Nicholas Robinson, Birmingham Bulls
Third Team: Thomas Bingham, Chicago Wolves
First Team: Lee Rodriguez, Chicago Wolves
Second Team: Jason Ludwig, San Francisco Hammerheads
Third Team: Anthony McFarland, Colorado Mustangs
First Team: Joel Hutto, Birmingham Bulls
Second Team: Jason Ludwig, San Francisco Hammerheads
Third Team: William Atchison, Houston Pride
Here’s a quick top 5 seniors from Oregon who will be entering the 2024 CFA Draft.
OL Peter Robertson – 6’7, 302 LBS
22 year old Robertson has shown stunning strength and solid blocking skills all year which have led to 69 pancakes and 0 sacks allowed. Despite being north of 300 pounds, Robertson has great endurance, rarely taking a play off. Although he has great endurance, his speed is a bit lacking and has questionable leadership and maturity issues.
WR Roberto Simpson – 6’6, 214 LBS
Roberto Simpson flashes quick feet and lighting speed when running routes, and has shown to have good hands. Simpson had a seven game streak of catching a touchdown. Simpson has shown he is willing to block in the run game and has great height, a great goal line pass catcher.
RB Willie Strain – 5’11, 192 LBS
The track star turned running back Willie Strain boast unnatural speed. Strain has nearly as good as agility as he does speed, making for one shifty player. Decent hands makes Strain a threat as a pass catching back. He has had problems staying on the field and is currently nursing a pulled hamstring.
SS Eric Goff – 6’1, 207 LBS
Goff is good in just about everything you need him to be good at, not a stand out star but a solid player. He has excellent speed and great endurance. Eric Goff likely won’t be a round one selection, or day one starter, but can add solid depth.
FS Jaime Hanson – 6’0, 178 LBS
Hanson is considered on the lighter side, but he makes up for it in his good agility and speed. A solid tackler, and a ball hawk. The fifth-year senior and proven to have a fantastic work ethic.