Dacia Vienna Vikings sign Europe’s top passing QB, Jakeb Sullivan

The Dacia Vienna Vikings have signed the most prolific passer in Europe this past season with the addition of Jake Sullivan as their quarterback for the 2020 season.

Playing for the Marburg Mercenaries in the GFL South, Sullivan took the passing yardage lead partway into the German Football League season and then never let up amassing 4,359 yards and a league-leading 43 TDs. He led Marburg to a 9-5 record and their first appearance in the playoffs in two years and best record since 2014.

A 6’1″, 200 lb native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Sullivan closed out an outstanding four-year career as one of the best quarterbacks in South Dakota School of Mines history. He finished the 2018 season with a record-setting 293-461 for 3,576 yards and 32 TD passes for 63.6 percent (all school season records). He averaged 325.1 yards per game, which led the entire NCAA Div. II.

He also had 10 rushing touchdowns and carried the ball 129 times for 340 yards. Sullivan, who is majoring in Industrial Engineering leaves SD Mines with 17 school records. Sullivan led the conference in passing yards, passing attempts and completions, and yards per game. He was named Division II Quarterback Of The Year (Div II-Leader in Total Offense, Passing Yards per Game & Points responsible for per Game).

School of Mines head coach Zach Tinker:

“I’ve never had a quarterback play at the level Jakeb Sullivan performed at in 2018. He put together a season for the ages.”

Sullivan is definitely excited about the move:

“I am very happy to announce that I am now a Vienna Viking. Everyone in the club – coaches, staff members, players, and board representatives – was welcoming me with open arms from day one. The hospitality, the atmosphere and the professional level within this traditional and successful organization convinced me very quickly to commit to the Dacia Vikings.”

“When I first talked to HC Calaycay and OC Kössler, there was instant chemistry. We just clicked. My first 24 hours in Vienna, after I visited the office and the training facility, just confirmed my decision. This Vikings Football program is impressive and I am glad to be a part of it.”

Dacia Vikings gegen Prague Black Panthers

Photo (c) Rapid City Journal

Dacia Vikings Head Coach Chris Calaycay is also thrilled about Jake’s decision to join the Vikings: 

“We had Jake on our recruiting radar and followed him the entire season in Marburg. He did outstanding things there and pushed his team forward throughout the course of the season. Besides his impressive individual stats, I knew I wanted him on our team after our first conversations. I got to know his personality and his character. I talked to him about his motivation of playing football overseas and I listened to him talking about his family. I realized quickly that he is exactly the type of person AND player that fits to us and our program. Like you say: He is the perfect fit for us. I am very happy that Jake Sullivan is the new Dacia Vikings quarterback.”

Photo (c) Oberhessische Presse

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