The South Buffalo Celtics finished an impressive 12-2 in 2012 with a season ending loss in the GDFL National Championship to the Central Pen Pirahna. The Celtics were able to overcome the loss of key players and travel on the road to upset heavy favorites before eventually running out of gas and losing 49-14. For a second year team to finish second out of the field of 100 teams in the GDFL, is still an impressive feat.
The Celtics are not satisfied with that and are looking at building on a roster that features amazing local talent and 3 NFL signees.
“Every year we look to improve in every area and this will be no different,” co-owner Ron Anderson says. “We fell short but it wasnt because of lack of talent and we are looking to resign that core group and build off of it with the new influx of players.”
The first player the Celtics are looking at bringing is former University of Illinios starting quarterback, Juice Williams. Williams was a four-year starter at Illinios and left as their all-time total offense record holder. In his college career he was a 2009 Honorable mention All-Big Ten, 2008 2nd Team All Big Ten, 2007 Honorable Mention All Big Ten, held Big Ten’s passing title in 2008, broke three stadium records for total yards three different times, and finished fifth all-time on Big Ten’s total yardage list. Williams name was thrown around as a preseason Heisman candidate more than once but was never able to reach those lofty expectations that few are able to reach.
“You look at some of his games and they are some of the best games you will ever see by a quarterback. He had games of 431, 461 and 503 total yards, those games are jaw dropping. You could always see the potential for greatness in Juice and we believe there is still more growth for him. When you watch those games, in my opinion, Juice is the best player on the field and now a lot of his team mates are in the NFL and some even Super Bowl champions.
“We believe that by joining the Celtics, we can assist Juice on his path to success, which we are confident will ultimately be in professional football.” says Anderson.
Williams, will be arriving for a free agent visit in January to meet the staff and workout with the Celtics’ quarterbacks and wide receivers. Getting improvement out of the quarterback play is key to the Celtics becoming National Champions again and they will need their veterans to continue their improvement or a new guy taking over.
Either way Alejandro Overton, the teams offensive coordinator, is confident it will happen.
“You look at the quarterbacks we have here already and both have proven that they can play under pressure and win big games,” Overton says. “But consistency is vital at the quarterback position and with more competition, we think this process will end with us having a guy that will be a consistent winner for us. Could be a veteran or it can be a new guy, that all depends on them.”
The Celtics are starting this process by bringing in a group of new quarterbacks to compete with the incumbents Kenny Murphy(Buffalo State) and Erik Clark(Riverside). Along with Juice, they will have two young quarterbacks by the name of Chris Holland (Grover Cleveland) and Jayvon Vanoy (East High) competing as well. Murphy and Clark both had their ups and downs last season as the Celtics used a 2 quarterback system. Holland’s athletic ability and Vanoy’s ideal size at 6′2 235lbs, makes both of them candidates for the job.
The Celtics minicamp in January is open to the media but close to the public. A scout from the CFL’s Toronto Agronauts will be on hand to see the quarterbacks and wide receivers.