2017 marks the eighth YCC appearance for ATLiens since their inception in 2005. After winning a championship in 2013, ATLiens have steadily finished out the tournament at least in the quarterfinals. This year’s squad looks to continue the trend. Including captain Krishan Chib, nine veterans from the 2016 roster return, and with the addition of seven ATLas (U-16) and three flATLine (mixed) players, this team is packed with talent. Three players bring in a year of college-season experience including captain Mack Hodges. The ATLiens bring homage to the old Atlanta playing style, playfully embodied by the saying “chicks dig the long ball.” Look for bombs to the end zone from Hodges, Evan Mapes and Aidan Downey to be reeled in by big receivers like twins Luke and Sam Smith. The ATLiens defense focuses on intense one-on-one matchups. Jay Burnett, Govi Veliyath and Drew DiFrancesco are guaranteed to get huge blocks throughout the tournament.