ELF: Stuttgart Surge sign new quarterback Dante Vandeven

The Stuttgart Surge of the European League of Football have signed quarterback Dante Vandeven.

Vandeven replaces injured quarterback Randall Schroeder. According to Schroeder’s social media, Stuttgart management has decided to move on from him this season despite his willingness to play through a knee injury. That leaves newcomer Vandeven with the tall task of commanding the winless Surge offense this season.

The 6’2 210-pound quarterback brings experience from Central Methodist University (NAIA) in Missouri. As a member of the Eagles, Vandeven was a first-team all-conference passer back in 2018. The Jackson, Missouri native led the conference in total yards passing for 247 yards a game, finishing the season with 20 passing touchdowns.

Prior to transferring to CMU, the 25-year-old played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State University (NCAA DI FCS). During his first season, Vandeven won conference freshman of the year throwing for 1,568 yards and adding 292 yards on the ground, finishing his freshman campaign with 17 total touchdowns.

Vandeven also spent one season at Missouri Southern State University (NCAA DII) where he split time as a quarterback and receiver. As a passer, he threw for 782 yards and seven scores, while contributing 26 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns as a wideout.

Vandeven’s mobility may come in handy as the Surge look to turn their season around after a tough 33-0 loss to the Raiders Tirol last week. This Sunday, Stuttgart travels to Leipzig and will square off against an intimidating Kings defense.

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