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Storm Announces Opening Day Roster

Saturday April 1, 2017

 Storm opening roster consists of 17 veterans and seven rookies

TAMPA BAY – With the end of training camp, the Tampa Bay Storm has announced the 24-man roster that will open the 2017 season versus the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday, April 8.

“This season, training camp saw an influx of talent at every position,” said vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. “A lot of tough decisions were made, but we believe that this is the best group of players to open the 2017 season. Our 30th in the Arena Football League.”

The 24-man roster is comprised of 17 veterans and seven rookies. The team experienced a complete roster overhaul with only John Brown, Kendrick Ings, Dallas Jackson and Cortez Stubbs returning from 2016. The remaining 20 players are new for 2017.

The roster is headlined by several players returning from previous years including 2016 Offensive Player of the Year Joe Hills, All-Arena mac linebacker Dexter Jackson, quarterback Randy Hippeard, wide receivers Justin Hilton and Michael Lindsey, and center Raymond McNeil.

In addition, the team rounded out the roster with several All-Arena players that include Hills, Jackson, jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson, defensive lineman Caesar Rayford and former AFL Kicker of the Year Mark Lewis.

Here is the 24-man roster:

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. DOB School

Chris Bonner QB 6.6 235 R 7.20.93 CSU-Pueblo

John Brown OL 6.1 285 1 6.26.88 Valdosta State

LaMark Brown WR 6.3 225 2 7.5.89 Minnesota St. – Mankato

Antron Dillon DL 6.5 270 5 6.7.85 North Alabama

Joe Hills WR 6.4 220 5 10.2.87 Tennessee State

Justin Hilton WR 6.1 195 1 12.8.88 Indiana State

Randy Hippeard QB 6.3 205 4 12.6.85 UVA-Wise

Arthur Hobbs DB 5.10 193 1 11.18.89 Nebraska-Kearney

Kendrick Ings WR/KR 5.10 180 2 6.17.90 Miller Grove H.S. (GA)

Alvin Ray Jackson JLB 6.1 200 6 9.29.80 Albany State

Dexter Jackson MLB 6.2 285 6 3.19.88 Bethune-Cookman

Dallas Jackson DB 5.10 190 R 11.20.93 Jacksonville State

Dave Lefotu OL 6.3 320 R 3.25.92 Hawaii

Mark Lewis K 5.11 195 12 3.25.79 Florida International

Monte Lewis DL 6.4 250 2 10.14.88 Jacksonville State

Michael Lindsey WR/KR 6.2 220 5 7.10.87 Northwest Mississippi

OJ Mau DL 6.1 305 R 9.28.94 Gardner-Webb

Raymond McNeil C 6.2 325 7 10.14.84 Fort Valley State

Jordan Miller DL 6.1 335 1 2.1.88 Southern

Max Nacewicz DL 6.2 255 R 6.5.93 Springfield

Caesar Rayford DL 6.7 275 6 3.4.86 Washington

Damond Smith DB 5.11 185 R 7.8.91 South Alabama

Cortez Stubbs DB 5.9 180 3 8.16.88 Concordia

Jeremiah Warren OL 6.3 325 R 9.20.87 South Florida

The team reassigned defensive backs Shaine Boyle, Qua Cox and Chris Pickett along with wide receiver Reese Wiggins.

The Five-Time World Champion Tampa Bay Storm will enter its 30th season in the Arena Football League in 2017. For more specific details regarding single-game pricing and availability, please contact the Storm ticket office at 813.301.6600 or visit www.tampabaystorm.com. Season tickets can be purchased by visiting TampaBayStorm.com or by calling 813.301.6600. For group sales, fans can contact 813.301.6900. Additionally, fans and sponsors can follow the Storm on Facebook (Tampa Bay Storm) or Twitter (@tampabaystorm) for up to date news and exclusive content.