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Thursday May 23, 2013

 Center Alex Linnenkohl Returns to Barnstormers

DES MOINESIowa Barnstormers Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Mike Hohensee announced Tuesday afternoon that the AFL franchise has been assigned center Alex Linnenkohl . Linnenkohl (6-2, 280) is no stranger to the Barnstormers , having started all 18 games at center for the team last season. Following the 2012 season, Linnenkohl retired to pursue a coaching career, however when the Barnstormers called him following several injuries to the team’s offensive line, he jumped at the opportunity to come back and help his former teammates.

Linnenkohl spent 4 seasons at Oregon State, quietly developing into one of the top centers in the country. Over his final two seasons at OSU, he made 26 consecutive starts, and was named a co-team captain as a senior in 2010. The Olympia, Washington native starred in at Capital high school, where he was named the 14th best center in the country by Rivals.com.

In other roster moves, the Barnstormers have also been assigned OL Tyler Wells. Wells (6’5”, 300) is a local product who starred at Grandview for 3 seasons from 2010-2012. In addition DL Mario Ambrose has been taken off the injured reserve list and is eligible to play this weekend. To make room for these additions DB Mike Williams (Knee), OL Jayson Palmgren (arm) and OL Michael Garrity (foot) have been assigned to the injured reserve list.

The Barnstormers next game is scheduled for this Saturday, May 25 when they head to Phoenix for a matchup against the defending AFL Champion Arizona Rattlers. Kickoff is set for 8:00pm CST. Iowa returns home on Saturday, June 1 when the Tampa Bay Storm come to town. Kickoff for that game is 7:05pm CST and the first 1,000 fans age 18 and over through the gates will receive a coupon good for a large 3 topping pizza courtesy of Papa John’s. In addition the first 2,500 fans will receive a FREE pack of NFL trading cards courtesy of Ryan’s Cardz in Urbandale. Great seats remain on sale for as low as $12.00 per seat. To order yours, head to the Wells Fargo Arena Box office, call the Barnstormers at 515.633.2255 or log onto www.theiowabarnstormers.com