Dresden Monarchs replace MVP QB with older brother and former Vanderbilt passer Austyn Carta-Samuels
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The reigning German bowl champion Dresden Monarchs are bringing in a new quarterback to defend their title for the 2022 season. Their choice to replace league-leading passer KJ Carta-Samuels was a tough one, but Monarchs management didn’t have to look far, signing K J older brother Austyn Carta-Samuels.
The older brother kept things light as he announced his commitment to the Dresden team:
“In the thirtieth year of the Dresden Monarchs and you go out and catch the thirty-year-old brother of last year’s MVP in their first championship. Guys, I can’t wait to come out in Germany and be part of the culture and to learn more about the German community.
The big brother has big shoes to fill as his younger brother KJ Carta-Samuels led the Monarchs to a near-perfect season while ranking number one in the league in passing yards (4,038) and touchdowns (54). KJ Carta-Samuels ended his dominant league season with GFL-All-Star honors and All-Europe First Team recognition.
KJ, who is rumored to be moving to play on another continent, commented on his brother’s return to the field:
“The dude is going to rip it better than he ever will…. just watch. I’m so proud of him.”
Austyn Carta-Samuels, 30, has been in the coaching ranks since he last played at Vanderbilt University (NCAA D1) in 2013. As the starting quarterback of the Commodores, the 6’1, 215-pound setter had 2,268 and 11 passing touchdowns while adding 115 yards and five rushing scores. Before transferring to Vanderbilt the San Jose, California native threw for 3,655 yards and 19 touchdowns while playing for the University of Wyoming (NCAA D1) for two seasons. The freshman quarterback led the Cowboys in their first game of bowling since 2004 and earned conference rookie of the year honors.
After finishing his university career, the former SECOND the quarterback jumped straight into practice spending five seasons with the University of Missouri (NCAA D1). During his time with the Tigers, he helped the current coach denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock. In 2018, 247Sports.com named Carta-Samuels, 27, one of its 30 assistant coaches under 30 on the rise. Last year, Carta-Samuels was the offensive coordinator of Menlo school a high school at California. Austyn and his brother KJ also run a quarterback training company called LockedInAthlete.
All hurt. All stung. All Mizzou Tigers. The 2018 seniors will be remembered as nothing less than the incredibly resilient group of young men who went through unprecedented adversity, still glued to each other, and ultimately put Mizzou back in a position of no limits. #TrueSon pic.twitter.com/kdulv7GzYN
— Austyn Carta Samuels (@AUSTYNCS_6) January 1, 2019
Dresden is looking to build on his fantastic 2021 season this summer by re-signing plenty of keys German players. Head coach Ulz Dauber and the Monarchs are looking forward to returning to the German Bowl this year in an ever-competitive GFL North featuring a talented Berlin Adler team with a reloaded New Yorker the Lions team.
Watch an interview with Austyn Carta-Samuels here: