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Another Piece to the Puzzle

Eric Tabor
Wednesday April 22, 2009

As if the South Georgia Wildcats need another player. Last week I talked with Will Carter, the Cats vice president, and was told to watch the transaction wire. He gave me the initials of an all af2 player. I thought it was Ivory McCann, but he was on another roster? I searched the af2 transactions and found this could possibly happen. I got a call from Will early Tuesday afternoon saying it is done. Welcome to South Georgia Ivory McCann.

“The addition of Ivory McCann brings a player that can do many things for us offensively, defensively, and on special teams,” said Wildcats Head Coach Rodney Blackshear. “I had the opportunity to coach Ivory when he was a Freshman at Texas Tech and he is just another piece of the puzzle as we work towards our goal of a championship.”

McCann has spent the last two seasons with the Corpus Christi Sharks, as one the premiere two way players in the game. For his career, McCann has caught 29 passes for 416 yards and 8 touchdowns along with rushing for two scores while on defense registering 124.5 tackles, 6 INT, 38 pass break ups, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 forced fumbles. In 2008, McCann was voted the af2’s Ironman of the Week for Week 3 and the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 7 and was named to the league’s first All-Ironman Team.

While McCann has had great success on offense and defense in the af2, it is his explosiveness on special teams that has garnered him the most recognition. In two seasons, McCann has been one the league leaders in kick returns averaging 21.2 yards per return while taking 7 back for scores. In 2007 and 2008, McCann was named 1st Team All af2 special teams player for his efforts.

“Ivory McCann is one of the most explosive players in the league,” said  South Georgia Vice-President Will Carter. “He will definitely be an impact player for us in the secondary as well as adding some excitement to our return game.”

Eric Tabor is a technology consultant, a free-lance writer, mobile DJ, and a native of Albany, Georgia. He has been an af2 fan since the Wildcats moved from Cape Fear. As well as being a football enthusiast, former player, and coach, he is married with three daughters and a son.
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