On January 19, 2018, the Maine Mammoths sign Wide Receiver Keevan Lucas. Lucas is a graduate from Tulsa University and played there for all four years. This will be Lucas’ first season in the National Arena League (NAL).
Maine Mammoths Sign Wide Receiver Keevan Lucas
The rookie from Abilene, TX was on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2017, but eventually didn’t make the team and was released.
This is Lucas’ first year in arena football, so things should be different for him and it will be interesting to watch.
In his freshman year at Tulsa, Lucas had 32 catches for 442 yards and one touchdown.
Lucas proved that there is no such thing as a sophomore slump, as he had his best season in his college career. In 2014, Lucas had 101 receptions for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. This was a huge milestone for him since he broke three things here: First, he broke the 100-receptions in a season milestone. Second, he had over 1,000 receiving yards. Finally, he reached the 10-touchdown mark, helping him and his team find a lot of success.
Lucas sat out the majority of the 2015, playing in only four games. In those four games, Lucas had 26 receptions for 409 yards and five touchdowns. Those aren’t horrible stats, but they aren’t comparable to his 2014 season. If he would’ve played the whole season, there probably would’ve been more record numbers out of Lucas, but unfortunately for him, that didn’t happen.
In his senior year, Lucas got back on that field for the whole season and had 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those 15 touchdowns sets a new record for Lucas.
The following year, Lucas was a part of the Philadelphia Eagles organization and was assigned to the practice squad. He never did make the team or had any playing time. That shouldn’t bring Lucas down because that means that he is better than the undrafted free agent still looking for a home.
What to Expect
In 2018, Lucas will make his season debut as a Maine Mammoth and should have an explosive year if he and the quarterback can start the season with a great chemistry. New team, new season, and new players. There will be a lot to learn when this team plays, but they should be fine with having Lucas and a few of their other new players on their side.
When it comes to what to expect from Lucas, you should expect him to be the number one receiver in Maine. The team can’t waste their money with all of that talent. Whoever wins the starting quarterback job between Jonathan Bane and Darrien Boone should instantly get to know Lucas as a receiver. The starting quarterback will most likely be Bane since Boone is a QB/WR mix and can take his talents to the receiver position.
Lucas should be able to easily get 60 yards a game and maybe a touchdown or two per game. If he managed to do that, Lucas would finish the season at 900 yards and anywhere from 20-25 touchdowns this season.