The Sheffield Sabres 2017/18 Season Preview

The University of Sheffield Sabres will start their season this Sunday (12th November). After a strong outing in the pre-season against Nottingham, both offence and defence are ready to get the season started.

The Sheffield Sabres offense facing off against Manchester last season

The Sheffield Sabres offense facing off against Manchester last season

Offensively, the Sabres have gained some new weapons, namely the addition of three quarterbacks with great arms and a good understanding of the game. Veteran WR and Sabres Offensive Captain, Simon Arnold, will look to lead by example from the front. The dynamic duo of Mark Price and Joseph Warriner will provide the offensive spark coming off the back of their recent successes at the Podyum Breakthrough Camp and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Camp in Canton, Ohio.

WR Mark Price

The Sabres Offence as a whole have firepower, and are ready to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in Division 1. A key position for any team is the offensive line, who will be grinding for every yard this season. Rees Britt will be the leader on the line for the season, coming off a great summer season with the Nottingham Caesars and gaining recognition on Double Coverage as part of the All DC team. Former RB turned OL this season, Fernando Conceicao will be joining Rees on the line.

Sabres team captain Usama registering a sack in the Varsity game against Hallam

Sabres team captain Usama registering a sack in the Varsity game against Hallam

Defensively, the Sabres are looking strong. Strength in depth is more important for a team than anything else; the Sheffield Sabres’ defence have some serious depth this year, with almost every starting spot being hotly contested. Connor Lloyd, the leader of the defensive line, is looking to make a statement this year with his strength and size. Sam Farr, who recently completed his year abroad at Oregon State University, has returned to the team with a great combination of game IQ and “hit stick” ability.

The Sabres defensive depth has been bolstered by the addition of some talented rookies, namely DB Benjamin Kanthak and LB Tej Makako. The Sabres’ defence struggled to get a run of form last year, and will be hoping to improve on the previous season. Captain Usama Mujtaba will be leading by example in the middle, in his 5th and final year with the Sabres, with fellow inside linebacker Alex Garcia.

Having had a tough season last year, losing a few key players to injuries at the start and struggling to keep depth at various positions, the Sabres have a point to prove in division 1. UCLan will be the first real test this weekend of the Sabres’ ability to perform when it really matters. Bring on game 1..