The Atlanta Steam continue preparation for their second season as members of the Legends Football League and there are still many roster decisions to be made by first-year Head Coach Dane Robinson, but starting quarterback is not one of them after Dakota Hughes was named the starter for the 2014 season.
Coach Robinson opened training camp with returning QB/WR Jodie Nettles and Hughes competing for the spot, but the 18-year old rookie has been impressive and earned the starting nod.
Robinson said that “Dakota has taken true ownership of the offensive huddle,” and went on to say that her poise “has been incredibly impressive.”
Nettles has been a big reason that Hughes has progressed at such a rapid rate, according to Robinson. Jodie has shared her experience and aided in Dakota's understanding of the system and reading defenses.
Dakota graduated high school in 2013 and is currently attending Kennesaw State University where she is studying Communications with the goal of becoming a Sports Broadcaster. Hughes played softball, basketball, and flag football in high school and also played intramural flag football at KSU.
When I asked Dakota how it felt to be an 18-year old rookie starting QB for the LFL she displayed the poise and humbleness that Coach Robinson had mentioned “I am excited to be in the league and this is a great opportunity to play a sport I am so passionate about. I have always loved football and I look forward to playing with and being a part of the Atlanta Steam.”
A position that is still being hotly contested is running back. Nas Johnson, the returning starter, is being pushed by Dee Salter.
“Salter has competed at a tremendous level and has made it a real competition with Nas,” said Robinson.
Salter has shown the ability to provide dependability in the passing attack, which is much needed after a limited air threat (by design) last season, as well as being a dangerous compliment to Johnson.
The Steam begin their defense of the Southeastern Division title on the road against the Toledo Crush on Saturday, May 10.
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