Bandits bring back three veteran players

Jeff Budlong, Sioux City Journal (Dec. 05, 2012)
SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Bandits continue to add familiar faces to the roster. On Wednesday, the Bandits announced the return of linebacker Spetlar Tonga, wide receiver Damon Mothershead and wide receiver Chase Colvin for the upcoming season. In addition to the players, Coach Erv Strohbeen also brought back offensive coordinator Jarrod DeGeorgia, defensive coordinator John Zevenbergen and special teams coach Keith Chapman. “When we were successful in the early 2000s one of the things we had going for us was that you always saw the same faces, and now that is what you are seeing here,” DeGeorgia said. “We don’t have a lot of spots to fill … so when we start camp in February we go right in to learning what we were doing in week 12, 13 and 14.” The signings come on the heels of a November announcement that quarterback Scott Jensen, running back Drew Prohaska and defensive back Rahn Franklin are also returning for the new season. Tonga is back for his ninth season with the team after recording 56 tackles and nine interceptions for the Bandits in 2012. Mothershead is in his seventh season with the squad after recording 32 catches for 416 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Colvin will be in his third season with the team after averaging 14.5 yards per catch last season. The Bandits also announced the dates for their tryout camps that will take place Dec. 15 at the Long Lines Center and Jan. 20 at the Tyson Events Center. Both camps run from 8 a.m. to noon. “We look forward to having a lot of local guys come out for these tryouts,” Strohbeen said. Interested players can sign up at The Bandits kick off their season March 15 when they travel to Bloomington, Ill., to face the Edge. Note: The new team in Omaha, Neb., will be called the Omaha Beef and play in the Ralston Arena in Omaha.

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