FORMER FERRIS FOOTBALL PLAYER CHOSEN IN NEW LEAGUE'S PRO DRAFT
Offensive Lineman Allen Feigel Among All-American Football League Draft Selections
Former Ferris State University offensive lineman Allen Feigel (Livonia/Stevenson) could be one step closer to a professional football career as he was chosen over the weekend on Saturday (Jan. 26) in the inaugural All American Football League (AAFL) Draft.
The 6-5, 325-pound Feigel was picked in the 20th round as the 116th overall selection by Team Michigan. The 50-round draft consisted of six picks per round as 300 former collegiate players were chosen in the draft.
Drafted as a left tackle, Feigel concluded his Bulldog career by helping FSU post an 8-3 overall record along with a third-place (7-3) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish during the 2006 season. He started all eight contests he played in as a senior and claimed All-GLIAC Honorable Mention accolades for FSU as the Bulldogs were listed 17th nationally in the Don Hansen Football Gazette's final NCAA-II Top 40 rankings.
The four-year letterwinner, who was named FSU's Outstanding Offensive Rookie in 2003, previously was a first-team All-Western Lakes Athletic Association choice as a prepster at Stevenson High School. He started the final eight games as a Bulldog freshman before being in the lineup for all 11 games in both 2004 and 2005 as FSU's starting left guard.
The All American Football League, which will debut in April, is a new professional football league with six teams set to take part in this spring's initial season. Team sites are located in college football hotbeds and all players signed to contracts must have completed their collegiate eligibility and graduated from a four-year institution. Some of the teams will play in corresponding university stadiums while others will play in independent venues. A college-like atmosphere complete with cheerleaders and bands is expected to add to the excitement of the league, which will play its contests on Saturday.
Team Michigan will play a 10-game schedule this spring and early summer. The team will play all of its home games at Ford Field in Detroit and visits Tennessee for its first-ever game Saturday, April 12, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Team Michigan's first home game will be against Florida on April 19 at Ford Field and the squad will be coached by John Fontes, brother of former Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes.
Besides Team Michigan and Tennessee, the league's other teams this year will be located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Texas. Team Florida will play games at various sites including the University of Florida, Jacksonsville's Gator Bowl and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Legion Field will host Team Alabama with Team Arkansas playing its games at War Memorial Stadium. Team Texas is still finalizing its home venue.
The league will employ all players and coaches and will establish a system of allocating talent among the teams, striving to match players with their alma mater location if at all possible. Among the players who are expected to compete in the league are such names as 2001 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Eric Crouch (Nebraska), former Florida quarterback Chris Leak, quarterback Tee Martin from Tennessee and wide receiver Peter Warrick out of Florida State.
The top pick in this year's draft was offensive guard Zarah Yisrael of Troy by Team Arkansas with former Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall going to Team Tennessee second and Crouch being chosen by Team Texas third overall. Team Michigan's initial selection was former UCLA quarterback David Koral as the fifth overall selection. The squad's 50 players chosen in the draft also included former Michigan kicker Garrett Rivas in the 26th round.
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