The Frankfurt Universe, Europe #5, wasted no time following the season-end injury to quarterback Steve Cluley finding a replacement by signing Andrew Ellfers from Azusa Pacific University (NCAA Div. II).
The 6’3″, 220-pound 23 year old Ellfers, a native of Pasadena, California finished his accomplished career with Azusa Pacific University, leading the team to its first NCAA Division II playoff appearance in school history. In his three-year career at APU, he threw for 5,339 yards and 50 touchdowns while rushing for 1,455 yards and 24 touchdowns. In leading APU to three GNAC championships, he set school records for passing touchdowns in a game, six, passing yards in a game, 475 and total offense in a game, 559 yards. In his senior year, he threw for 2,568 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 580 yards and eight touchdowns.
A 2018 NFL Draft prospect, Ellfers drew interest from the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. He also attended minicamp with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.
He has had an indirect connection with Europe though. When asked by NFL Draft Diamonds to name the toughest player he has ever faced, he replied Jeff Worthy, who is the starting defensive tackle for Switzerland’s Calanda Broncos.
Universe head coach Brian Caler:
“Andrew is exactly the player for me when I’m looking for an athletic passer. He is very talented and his playing style resembles that of Steve Cluley. We are very happy that Andrew has chosen to come to Frankfurt.”