Georgia Doom's Collis and Beavers thriving in starting roles
MACON, Ga. -- Last year, quarterback Luke Collis and wide receiver Larry Beavers were members of the Arena Football League champion Philadelphia Soul. Neither of them saw much of the playing field.
"We spent a lot of time on the scout team together, going up against the world-champion Philadelphia Soul," Collis said. "We've got a connection, going up against the best defense in the arena league."
Playing on the scout team, even for a championship-winning team, wasn't fulfilling enough for them. They wanted something more.
"We both wanted to be that actual guy, that coach would be like 'Man, we need you guys to do this,' or 'Can you guys do that?'" Beavers said. "So we wanted that challenge, even though we didn't have that last year."
That desire to win and lead on their own brought them to Macon, where they have led the Georgia Doom's offense in the team's first season in the American Arena League. As the starting quarterback and the No. 1 wide receiver, Collis and Beavers have led the Doom to a 2-1 record in their young season, and have the team averaging 69 points per game.
Head coach Derek Stingley has been less impressed with the stats, and more impresssed with the experience and leadership that Collis and Beavers bring to his team.
"For what they bring to this team is naturally leadership, big-play ability," Stingley said. "Both of them have been veterans of the arena football game, to the point where nothing really surprises them."
Collis and Beavers are no strangers to winning. This season, they're hoping to continue their winning ways, but as starting members for the Georgia Doom in the AAL.
"We want to be playing, and we want to win a championship together," Collis said. "As rewarding as it was to win a championship in Philadelphia, as much as we both cherished that, we want to win on our own. That's what our goal is, that's what we're seeking."