Keith Wainwright making steady progress at training camp
Keith Wainwright has made further inroads in a bid to showcase his talents in the Fan Controlled Football League in the United States.
The Bermudian linebacker negotiated the first-round cut last weekend, having impressed the coaching staff at an ongoing training camp being held at Silverback Field in Atlanta, Georgia.
The exercise will ultimately determine which players will be recruited by the league’s eight teams when the final cut is made on April 9.
Wainwright cleared the first hurdle after being selected from a pool of 145 players that made the initial cut following trials last October and has continued to make steady strides since.
“I’m still here playing pretty good,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“I had my first interception for a touchdown in our one-on-one drills against the running backs the other day. I am in third place at the camp with two interceptions.”
Wainwright is encouraged by the progress he has made and remains confident he will ultimately get the nod to play at that level.
“I am very confident because I know my skill set and what I offer to the game of football,” he added.
“I have been playing the same game my whole life.
“I am very confident and the position coach mentioned that I was one of the best coverage linebackers they had.”
Glacier Boyz, Beasts, Shoulda Been Stars, Zappers, King Pins, Bored Ape FC, Knights of Degen and 8OKI make up the league’s eight teams.
The professional indoor league consists of fast-paced seven-on-seven football played on a 50-yard field with two 20-minute halves with the fans making every decision from roster to calling plays.
There are no kick-offs, punts or goalposts with teams starting on their own ten-yard line and trying to drive 40 yards downfield for a score.
A battle between a wider receiver and defensive back will take place in place of a field goal for the extra point.
Fans will choose either a one-point conversion from the five-yard line or a two-point conversion from the ten-yard line.
The 2022 season kicks off on April 16 with games to be televised on Fox Sports and Twitch. A new champion will be crowned this season after last year’s champions Wild Aces opted to no longer compete in the league.