The New Look Chicago Rush Open Up The 2013 Season

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After one of the more chaotic off seasons in team history, the 2013 Chicago Rush have made it to opening day. And they do so with a new look, new colors, new uniforms, and a new attitude. Today they take on their bitter division rivals, the Iowa Barnstormers. The Barnstormers are coached by former Rush head coach Mike Hohensee, who called the shots at Allstate Arena from 2001-2010.

He was the brains behind the operation that led the Rush to their only Arena Bowl title back in 2006. He is familiar with his counter part, former Rush fullback and current head coach Bob McMillen. McMillen in in his third season as the head coach of the Rush. He was the Rush starting fullback from 2002-2007, then transitioned into coaching from there.

He began as Mike Hohensee’s fullback/linebacker coach and held that position from 2008-2010. When Hohensee departed Chicago in 2011, McMillen took over the head coaching job and still holds the position to this day. There are a lot of new faces on this years roster. But just like Hohensee, Coach McMillen has a nack for finding undiscovered talent.

The Rush led by new over David Staral, made sure to bring in plenty of solid players for this years roster. Aside from Coach Hohensee, Iowa is led by veteran AFL quarterback J.J. Raterink. He is in his third season as their signal caller and would like to get payback from last season’s sweep by the Rush.

Throwing the ball for the Rush is Carson Coffman. He was brought in during the offseason after the retirerment of Russ Michna and the departure of Luke Drone. He will be backed up by Zach Frazer. There are still a few players leftover from last season. Reggie Gray, J.J. Payne, Derek Walker, Darrell Campbell, Kelvin Morris, Vic Hall, Semaj Moody, and Jorrick Calvin still wear Rush jerseys.

But there are some new players ready to come in and make an impact. Wide receiver Nate Forse has been around the block in the Arena Football League. He played with Orlando last season. Defensive lineman Anthony Hoke has played in both the AFL and NFL and he now brings his talents to Chicago.

There is all new offensive line, a few other players mixed in here and there, and a new kicker. Jose Martinez takes over the kicking duties which were held by Mike Salerno in 2012. As the old saying goes, “Out with the old and in with the new.” And that is the approach the Rush will take this season as they try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Last year was the only year in franchise history in which the Rush did not make the postseason. Their record of 10-8 wasn’t enough to get a playoff spot. This year they will try to change the mistakes from last year that put them in that position. The Rush were only 3-6 on the road last year, that has to change.

They also struggled in Central Division play, this also needs to change. They also need to limit turnovers and perform better on special teams. Here are the starting lineups for both teams today:



QB: #11 Carson Coffman

FB: #34 J.J. Payne

WR: #1 Reggie Gray

WR: #2 Rodney Wright

WR: #10 Nate Forse

OG: #79 Steve Edwards {Former Chicago Bear}

C: #66 Jeff Maddux

TE: #75 Colin Madison


DE: #91 Derek Walker

NT: #92 Darrel Campbell

DE: #12 Anthony Hoke

MLB: #7 Tyus Jackson

JLB: #11 Kelvin Morris

DB: #4 Vic Hall

DB: #14 Jorrick Calvin

DB: #3 Joe Phinisee



QB: #11 J.J. Raterink

FB: #41 Kai Brown

WR: #2 Collin Talyor

WR: #3 Marco Thomas

WR: #7 Darius Reynolds

G: #77 Michael Garrity

C: #72  Dace Richardson

TE: #70 Jayson Palmgren


DL: #23 Rodney Gnat

DL: #53 Mike Lewis

DL: #55 Odrick Ray

LB: #57 Darnell Carter

LB: #5 John Mohring

DB: #1 Errick McIntosh

DB: #12 Mike Williams

DB: #6 Jason Simpson

Kickoff will be underway shortly. You can follow me on Twitter for game updates @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports #REDemption



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