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Thunder Set to Play a New Card(er) at Quarterback?

Brian Beaudry
Sunday May 31, 2015


Earlier this season, the Portland Thunder struggled against the San Jose SaberCats and turned to Darron Thomas late in the game. Thomas put up a couple of late scores and sparked some excitement within the team, and he got the start the next week against the Los Angeles KISS.

This week, the Portland Thunder struggled against the San Jose SaberCats and turned to Alex Carder late in the game. Carder put up a couple of late scores and sparked some excitement within the team. Will he get a start next week against… the Los Angeles KISS?

Carder, who was acquired earlier this week in a trade with the Jacksonville Sharks, was brought in to take Thomas’ spot on the team when Thomas went out for the season with a knee injury in his second start, against Orlando. He participated in one practice with the team, and in his first action in Portland, posted five completions in eight passes with two touchdowns and an interception. 

The interception was a simple case of trying to overcome a large deficit in a game that probably wasn’t winnable. Another one of the incompletions occurred when Clevan Thomas held Jared Perry’s hand down at his side to prevent him from getting two hands on the ball, which was on the mark.

(Unfortunately, my camerawork wasn’t, and the focus is still set on the distance to Carder on this play, who was about as far as the back judge, which is why he’s in focus and Perry and Thomas are not, although you can still see Thomas holding Perry’s hand back).

So, who will Portland start next week against the KISS? Could it be that a third starting quarterback against the KISS is in the Card(er)s?

Carder interview: https://youtu.be/kosu46yECkE
Hohensee interview: https://youtu.be/B16QizTWeHQ

 


 
Brian Beaudry has been both an intern and a Director of Communications within the AFL and occasionally provides analysis of the league and the Portland Thunder as an Oregon resident. He maintains a blog, Wrong Way Sports, and you can reach him with research or graphic design suggestions on Twitter at @BeaudryPDX.
The opinions expressed in the article above are only those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or official stance of ArenaFan Online or its staff, or the Arena Football League, or any AFL or af2 teams.
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