AUDL Reset: Edmonds in DC, New York Reloaded

February 28, 2023
By Adam Ruffner

Breeze Add Another Star In Free Agency With Thomas Edmonds

As if the additions of Andrew Roy and Cole Jurek from Minnesota and Joe Merrill from Salt Lake were not enough, the DC Breeze have now signed one of Pittsburgh’s top stars in Thomas Edmonds for the 2023 season. Even before the offseason began, the Breeze had one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the league. Now with Edmonds, Jurek, Merrill, and Roy on board, DC will look to push past their interdivisional rivals and reigning league champs from New York.

Along with Max Sheppard, Edmonds formed one of the most potent one-two offensive punches in the league the past three seasons for the Thunderbirds. In 30 starts since the beginning of the 2019 season, Edmonds averaged 3.2 assists, 2.6 goals, and over 50 completions per game; over his final 18 games in Pittsburgh, Edmonds averaged nearly 500 yards of offense.

A true hybrid, Edmonds excels as both a high volume distributor in the backfield, and a top receiving option downfield. He’s equally dangerous throwing from a standstill and in motion, and has a 30-to-1 completion-to-throwaway ratio over the last three seasons. Edmonds is also extremely highlight friendly.

With DC’s offense already stocked with eight or nine starters, it remains to be seen exactly where Edmonds will fit in. But it’s hard not to imagine an Edmonds and Rowan McDonnell battery as being damn near unstoppable when in rhythm. 

New York Championship Core Intact

Following their second perfect season in three years, the New York Empire have been quiet this offseason. And yet with yesterday’s announcements of eight player re-signings—including 2022 MVP Ryan Osgar, All-AUDL selections Ben Jagt, Jeff Babbitt, and Jack Williams, and defenders Ben Katz, 2022 All Defense selection Marques Brownlee, Antoine Davis, and John Randolph—the Empire look ready to repeat.

Since Williams joined the team at the beginning of the 2019 season, New York is 34-2 in the regular season. It is the second highest win percentage over a three-year stretch in AUDL history; only the 2013-15 Toronto Rush (42-2 record) had a higher win percentage.

The Empire have rostered each of the last three league MVPs—two by Jagt, and the aforementioned Osgar—and could possess two or three more yet. 

“[The] Empire doesn’t just want to be a winning franchise, they want to be a historic franchise,” said Co-Head Coach Anthony Nuñez.

Year Two Mark Evans

One of the most integral offseason additions a year ago was the Austin Sol’s signing of Mark Evans. A dynamic striker from Australia, Evans immediately slotted in as a premier option in the Sol offense, and earned First Team All Rookie honors with 43 assists and 24 goals in 12 starts.

Now re-signed for 2023, Evans could grow even more with more comfort and experience in the fast developing Sol system. 

Armed with an array of throws, including one of the best hammers in the division, Evans was quickly utilized as the primary thrower in dead disc situations, often initiating action for Austin out of double teams with ease. Evans had a career-high 470 receiving yards and the game-clinching catch in tough coverage in the Sol’s huge Week 6 win at home over the Flyers. 

The Evolution of Ryan Poloz in Toronto

After a solid if unremarkable rookie season in Ottawa in 2021, Ryan Poloz led the Toronto Rush in assists last season with 43 in just nine starts, and was an indispensable distributor on the Rush O-line. The 27-year-old has fast reads and gets the disc out quickly as a mobile thrower, which fits in perfectly in Toronto’s uptempo playbook. 

Without being flashy, Poloz plays with a verve that keeps him one step ahead of most defenders. He’s good at recognizing matchups, and has a quick twitch midrange scoober that is calibrated perfectly for in-rhythm upline plays. 

Poloz saved his best for last in 2022. In Week 12 against Philly, Poloz threw for 10 assists and 440 passing yards without an incompletion, including going 7-for-7 on huck attempts.

Toronto added even more receiving weapons for 2023 with Ty Barbieri and Mike Mackenzie, and Poloz looks to be in line for another big year.  


Full list of announced signings for 2023 season

Hayden Austin-Knab
Parker Bray
Justin Burnett
JP Burns
Trip Crowley
Karl Ekwurtzel
Michael Fairley
Christian Gaeta
Tannon Hedges ^
Brett Hulsmeyer
Matthew Knowles
Jeremy Langdon
Bobby Ley
Lukas McClamrock
Christian Olsen
Dean Ramsey
Tyler Randall
Bradley Seuntjens
Matt Smith
Trenton Spinks
Austin Taylor
Kennith Taylor
Max Thorne

Matthew Armour
Reese Bowman
Eric Brodbeck
Eric Carter
Mark Evans
Kyle Henke
Elliott Moore
Jake Radack
Jake Reinhardt
Evan Swiatek
Mick Walter
Shane Worthington ^

Chris Bartoli
Orion Cable
Simon Carapella *
Gustav Haflin
Tanner Halkyard ^
Luca Harwood
Wyatt Hellman *
Rocco Linehan ^
Brendan McCann
Ray Tetreault

Ross Barker
Jace Bruner
John Jones
Sam Kaminsky
Asher Lantz
Nick Pappas
Jack Shanahan
Andrew Sjogren ^

Joe Anderson
Alex Atkins
Quinn Finer
Jay Froude
Jonathan Nethercutt
Cody Spicer
Calvin Stoughton *

Emmanuel Bilolo
Myles Cooper
Connor DeLuna
Jason Hustad
Brandon Malecek
Kevin Richardson
Brooks Wallace
Alec Wilson Holliday
Mason Wuensch

Rhys Bergeron
David Bloodgood
Christian Boxley
David Cranston
Moussa Dia
Thomas Edmonds ^
Alexandre Fall
Frederick Farah
Troy Holland

Cole Jurek ^
Jeremy Knopf
Jonny Malks
Joe Merrill ^
Tyler Monroe
Jacques Nissen
Andrew Roy ^
Jasper Tom
Luke Rehfuss
Jeff Wodatch

Joseph Cubitt
Jack Havey
Jake Kenniv
Bryan Walsh

Brendan Adams ^
Cam Albin *
Aaron Barcio *
Matt Bennett ^
Zachary Cotter ^
Martin Cruz *

Xavier Fuzat *
Francisco Gomez ^
Brian Gfroerer ^

Ben Lewis ^
Brandon Lin *
John Shelley *
Connor Ughetta ^

Jimmy Zuraw ^

Jeremiah Branson *
Cameron Brock
Travis Carpenter
Ben Close *
Lucas Coniaris
Cam Copeland *
Jacob Fella
Sam Good *
Rick Gross
Drew Happe
Fletcher Hare

Conner Henderson ^
Nick Hutton
Levi Jacobs
Jeremy Keusch
Ben Landry
Keegan North
Xavier Payne
Will Quigley *
Carter Rae
Colin Ringwood

Los Angeles
Daniel Brunker ^
Sam Cook
Devin Cox ^
Eddie Finley
Kevin Goldberg
Pawel Janas ^
Nate Kirchhofer
Michael Kiyoi
Matt Miller
Andrew Padula
Milan Ravanell
Zac Schakner ^
Everest Shapiro
Mitchell Steiner
Brandon Van Deusen
Aaron Weaver

Marty Adams
Bret Bergmeier
Colin Berry

Abe Coffin
Dylan DeClerck
Michael Jordan
Paul Krenik
Brandon Matis
Quinn Snider
Tyler Thomegreene
Tristan Van de Moortele

New York
Jeff Babbitt
Marques Brownlee
Antoine Davis
Ben Jagt
Ben Katz
Ryan Osgar
John Randolph
Jack Williams

Raekwon Adkins *
Wyatt Berreman
Jackson De Campos *
Walker Frankenberg *

Keenan Laurence
Chris Lung
Evan  Magsig
Gavin May
Dylan Nice *
Morgan Sommer
Robin Vickers Batzdorf
Max Williams
Patrick Xu

Mike Campanella
Greg Martin
Sean Mott
Paul Owens
Brandon Pastor
James Pollard
Jordan Rhyne
Alex Thorne
Eric Witmer

Max Sheppard

Quinn Buermeyer
Jake Johnson
Jonathan Lee
Ke'ali McCarter
Josh Moore
Scott Radlauer
Jon Snyder
Brian Stout

Salt Lake
Ben Ashton
Logan Clarke

Sean Connole
Braden Eberhard
Jonny Hoffman
Nathan Huff
Elijah Jaime ^
Jordan Kerr
Jacob Miller
Tony Mounga
Porter Oyler
Will Selfridge
Devon Terry
Kyle Weinberg
Jensen Wells
Chad Yorgason
Luke Yorgason

San Diego
Paul Lally
Kyle Rubin

Tarik Akyuz
Jack Brown
Dominic Jacobs
Kenny Lane III
Tommy Lin
Garrett Martin ^
Marc Munoz
Zeppelin Raunig

Zachary Armstrong
Ty Barbieri ^
Chris Chan
Luc Comiré
Kevin Jay
James Lewis
Wilkie Lewis
Mike Mackenzie ^
Eli Park
Ryan Poloz
Oscar Stonehouse
Phil Turner

* Rookie
^ New addition/did not play for team in 2022
Italics means the player signed within the last week

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