European League of Football: Stuttgart Surge holt Quarterback Dante Vandeven – Sport

Dante Vandeven (left) as quarterback in the jersey of the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks does not let the opponent make him nervous. Photo: imago/ZUMA Wire

After four defeats in a row, Stuttgart Surge is rebuilding the team. The ailing quarterback Randall Schroeder is replaced by new signing Dante Vandeven – two other players also have to go.

Stuttgart Surge from the European League of Football (EL) has reacted to the knee injury and the mediocre performance of quarterback Randall Schroeder and has signed Dante Vandeven as a new playmaker. The 25-year-old American last played for the Derby Braves in England and is expected to lead the club to their first win of the season after four defeats this Sunday (3 p.m.) in the game against the Leipzig Kings. Two Stuttgart professionals had to clear their lockers in Stuttgart-Degerloch due to the team reorganization. The club has parted ways with running back Chris Voumbo and kicker Jonata Loria.

Newcomer Dante Vandeven (1.88 meters / 95 kilograms) grew up in Missouri and went to Jackson High School there. He was active in sports from an early age and was able to draw attention to himself as a quarterback, especially in American football. While in high school, he made the All-Conference Second Team in two seasons and led the Indians to the quarterfinals of the state championships in two seasons. In his last two years he threw for over 4,400 yards and 46 touchdowns and was also able to impress on the ground with over 1,800 yards and 39 touchdowns.

The quarterback spent his first two years of college at Southeast Missouri State University from 2015. There, he started the season as the number three but quickly worked his way up the ranks, playing the last eight games as a starter — and ending the season with being voted Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. After appearing in just three games over the next year, he transferred to Missouri Southern State University, where he also served as a wide receiver. In 2018 I switched to Central Methodist University. Finally, last year he made the leap across the pond, Vandeven played for the Leicester Falcons and then for the Derby Braves in England. Now the quarterback is hoping for a breakthrough in the ELF – and the first win for Stuttgart Surge in Leipzig.