The Kings return but the Tribe may claim the 2019 division crown.
The IAFL lost its Tennessee region and York division champion as the Tri-State Wolves ceased operations after its 2018 final four run, but the King division champion, Tennessee Cobras, did return to defend and attempt to also claim the Tennessee region as well. Owner Sam Houser and coach Walter Smalls III return its strongest team yet. 2018 All-star, Dreek Thompson, may be the Tennessee Regions top defender, and leads a talented group looking to build on last years success. Quarterback Landon Tucker returns to semi-pro to compete for the Cobras as well. The Cobras also rely on standout linemen Quintarius Bell and Derrick McNeil as well as safety Kai Harris, and receivers CJ Bryant has Bryan Adams.
The Alcoa Alloys are the new kids on the block as new owner Craig Brown has created a niche using alumni football as a springboard to start up the Alloys. Craig wasted no time in branding the Alloys and bringing players on board basically overnight. Craig is a high energy and smart individual who will no doubt make this product work. Craig added former William Blount standout Daniel Hodges to not only anchor the line but to serve as assistant GM. These guys have acted fast as they have added two 2018 IAFL All-stars in AJ Jackson and Demetrius (Debo) Robinson to the Alloys roster. Debo and AJ will help make the Alloys division contenders in their first year.
The other new team is led by owner Greg Campbell, who is anything but new to semi-pro. Greg led the Knoxville Knights for 17 years before taking a year off and is now back with the rebranded Tennessee Tribe. Greg knows the drill and he knows what it takes to create a solid product on the field. Greg’s first step in putting his new squad together was to name Jordan Otis as the Tribes first head coach. Coach
Otis , who will be assisted by Charles Huddleston, is a former semi pro stud , playing for three different championship squads( Louisiana Hurricanes , St Pete Sharks and the Knoxville Knights) as well as the Hammond Heroes Arena team. He has coached on all levels from 5 year olds to high school and arena. With Greg Campbell’s experience and coach Otis leading the way and a physical group led by team captain and TE Alex Butler the
Tribe are the preseason pick for the King division title. All three division teams have energy , speed and talent and will contend for the trophy.