Things learned, observed around Seoul American football camp

-- Every high school football team loses star-quality players each year, but few left the chasm at Seoul American that quarterback Harold Martin, receiver Tomiwa Akinbayo and running back Tyrend White did.

-- To reach the Far East Division I playoff plateau again, it will take major efforts on the part of Martin’s replacement, Cameron Harris, a junior who’ll be in place for two years but is coming off an injury, and Brandon Roseborough, a senior running back.

-- The latter got an opportunity in last October’s D-I semifinal defeat at Kubasaki, replacing White when he went down with an injury after the first series. He showed plenty of promise, and will be of help to the Falcons this season.

-- And junior Sidney Mala’ulu, who checks in at 6-feet, 267-pounds, remains the cornerstone in the line, while senior Devin Williams lends support at tight end.

-- The rest? A very greenhorn unit surrounds that small leadership core, which appears to be the trending topic among DODDS Korea teams. Small leadership cores, plenty of youth and inexperience.

-- Jim Davis, the Falcons’ fifth coach in five seasons, possesses plenty of experience – and plenty of coaching rivals on his season schedule. The 1989 Nile C. Kinnick graduate travels to his old stomping grounds and comes face-to-face with his old mentor, Red Devils defensive coordinator Robert Stovall. And twice, including Friday, he battles his old pupil, Daegu assistant Luke Spencer, who cut his teeth on coaching at Bamberg, Germany, under Davis.

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Ornauer on AFN


Stars and Stripes reporter Dave Ornauer talks about the Pacific sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file.)


April 24: Dave Ornauer highlights the DODDS Japan soccer tournament with Zama taking aim at the title.

April 17: Dave Ornauer highlights the return of a couple cancelled baseball and softball tournaments, while mentioning the weekend's soccer and track happennings.

April 3: There's still action on the diamonds and tracks before DODDS schools take spring breaks.