A new year filled with many new beginnings is right around the corner as the majority of people everywhere are positioning themselves to surpass the mark they reached in 2017. With the spring football season approaching, the Tennessee Fury has high expectations for their 2018 campaign.
This will be the third season for the Fury, who come to the Tennessee Football Alliance from the Middle Tennessee football League – a league in which they made the playoffs each of the last two years.
“We hope to make it over the hurdle and become a championship contender in the first year of the TFA,” Fury owner Kyle Woodard told Developmental Football USA.
Like the other seven members of the newly formed TFA, joining this league was an easy choice for the Fury.
“The TFA seems to be taking semi-pro football to the level it needs to be at to be called semi-pro and not amateur football,” Woodard said. “That and its drive to help the youth of all the teams’ communities are the reasons the Fury have joined the TFA. We are glad to be part of something truly great.”
Established following the 2015 MTFL season, the Fury were formed to provide players in the Upper Cumberland area an opportunity to play locally, as opposed to driving more than an hour to be part of a team, which some had done in the past.
Some teams around the country seem to be content with just existing, but Woodard and his team set the bar much higher than most when they put the Fury together two years ago.
“The Fury are operated with the understanding that everyone is held to high standard of conduct and we will accept nothing less from our players,” Woodard said. “Whether it’s on or off the field, the players on this team will express sportsmanship and class wherever they are representing the Fury.”
Since team rosters at this level can vary quite a bit from year to year, coaches have to be willing to be flexible with their strategy. Despite the trends, Tennessee has established itself as a power running team, fielding one of the top rushing offenses in the MTFL each of the last two years.
“We hope to continue that trend in the TFA in 2018,” Woodard said.
Offensively, the Fury looks to continue their successful ground game behind the hog maulies up front. In the passing game, they expect another big season out of wide receiver Arcavius McMurray and a breakout year from tight end Jacob Salyer.
“Arcavius, the kid can do anything he sets his mind to,” Woodard said. “The sky’s the limit for him. Jacob has some shoes to fill at tight end, but he more than has the talent to be one of, if not the best, tight end that has played semi-pro around here.
“We also have two monsters at offense tackle. There is no reason why this line shouldn’t be the best in the league.”
Defensively, look for Rod Crutchfield to have a monster year at defensive end and Danny Jackson to fly around the field makings plays.
“Danny is one of the more complete players I’ve played with and he’s an outstanding leader,” Woodard said.
Woodard and teammate Dez Burnley were recently drafted to the Rivals Professional Football League, so the Fury will look to shore up those spots as they prepare to kick off in February.
“Our expectation is to be a championship contender,” Woodard said. “Right now, the Bulldawgs are king until they are dethroned.”