Sioux City Bandits Press Release (Feb. 08, 2013)
SIOUX CITY, IA – The Bandits announce their final group of signings for the 2013 Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) season and start gearing up for the pre-season game on February 22nd .
Lorenzo Brown (QB-6’0” 210 lbs) joins the Bandits this season after playing for the Sioux Falls Storm for three years. When he was with the Storm in 2011, Brown ranked tenth in the Indoor Football League (IFL) in scoring touchdowns per game with 9.8. Brown is a University of Sioux Falls alum, where in 2009 he led the Cougars to their second consecutive national championship title in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Also in that year, he received the NAIA Player of the Year award, Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Offensive Player of the Year, and first team all-American honors.
Brian Okonofua (OL-6’5” 350 lbs) returns to the Bandits for his third season. In Okonofua’s time with the Bandits, he had two fumble returns for 32 yards, as well as a touchdown. Okonofua played for Wayne State College from 2005 to 2008, where in 2005, as a true freshman, he started all 11 games at left offensive tackle and continued to start in every game for his entire career as a Wildcat. Okonofua also received Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Conference honors for three consecutive years.
Eric Bolin (LB-6’0” 210 lbs) joins the Bandits after playing at Briar Cliff University from 2007 to 2010 and serving as an inside linebacker student assistant for the 2011. After receiving an honorable mention in 2009, Bolin received GPAC Second Team All-Conference honors in 2010. In Bolin’s fourth year as a linebacker for Briar Cliff, he was named Defensive Leader, with 49 tackles and 55 assists. Bolin was named to the Nationals’ roster for the 2011 Victory Sports Network NAIA Senior Classic football game.
Nehemiah Blackburn (OL-6’4” 290 lbs) makes a return to the Bandits for his third season. Blackburn is a Wayne State College alum, where in 2010, he was named to the NSIC South Division All-Conference Second Team, as well as received Omaha World Herald All-Nebraska NCAA Division II Honorable Mention. In 2009, Blackburn switched from defensive lineman to offensive lineman, where he helped the Wildcats lead the NSIC in total offense with 461.4 and pass offense with 296.8.
Devin Johnson (OL-6’3” 290 lbs) comes back to the Bandits for his second year. Johnson played at the University of Sioux Falls after transferring from Contra Costa College in California. At CCC, he was named to the First Team All-Bay Valley Conference. In his time as a Comet at CCC, he was an integral part of the team that broke its losing streak at their homecoming game in 2009.
Marlon Lobban (LB-6’2” 250 lbs) returns as a linebacker, in what will be his second season with the Bandits. In his first year as a Bandit, Lobban had an interception, which he returned for a touchdown. At the post-season banquet in 2012, Lobban received the Newcomer Award for Defense. Lobban is a University of Sioux Falls alum and was one of the leaders on the field. In 2008, he recorded 30 tackles and four sacks.
Fred Mitchell (DE-6’3” 250 lbs) is a Bandit veteran, returning for his fifth year on the field. Mitchell, who is a University of South Dakota alum, is a career leader in fumble return yards with 45 in two fumble returns. In 2011, Mitchell had seven quarterback sacks for 53 yards. Mitchell also returned an interception for touchdown.
Jason Bonwell (DL-6’0” 250 lbs) makes his return to the Bandits defense for his third year. In his two years with the Bandits, Bonwell had a grand total of 16 quarterback sacks for 91 yards, ranking him fourth in Bandits history. Bonwell also had two fumble returns for a total of 22 yards, in which he scored two touchdowns. Bonwell is a South Dakota State University alum who transferred from Glendale Community College.
Johnny Bentley (RB-5’9” 225 lbs), also a seasoned Bandit, comes back to play in what will be his sixth year. Bentley, a Northern State alum, ranks second in Bandits career history for total rushing yards and third in attempts with 1,544 yards in 371 attempts. He also ranks third in rushing touchdowns with a grand total of 45 in five years of play. For receiving in his career with the Bandits, Bentley has a grand total of 631 pass reception yards in 71 attempts, in which he scored 11 touchdowns.
Marcus James (WR-6’0” 190 lbs) joins the Bandits, after playing in one game last season against the Bandits as a replacement player for the Springfield WolfPack. In that game, James had three receptions for 41 yards. James is a University of Northern Iowa alum.
Robert Smith (DB-6’2” 205 lbs) becomes a part of the Bandits defense, after playing for the Flint Phantoms in the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) in Michigan and the Sarnia Imperials in the Northern Football Conference (NFC) in Sarnia, Ontario.
Donny Baker (DE-6’2” 240 lbs) returns to the Bandits for what will be his second season. In his first season as a Bandit, the Wayne State College alum had four and a half quarterback sacks for 37 yards. Baker, in his final season as a Wildcat at Wayne State, had a season high of five tackles against Upper Iowa, as well as had a total of 26 tackles, 21 solo and five assisted.
Max Martin (K-5’10” 205 lbs) joins the Bandits special teams for his first season. Martin, a Wayne State College alum, received NSCIS Special Teams Player of the Week in 2012. Martin was also named to the NSIC South Division Honorable Mention Team for two consecutive seasons. Before Martin was a Wildcat, he was a Panther at University of Northern Iowa, where in 2009 he was two for two on the field and three for three on extra points.
Training Camp begins on Saturday Feb. 9th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Long Lines Family Rec Center and all practices are open
to the public.
Feb. 9th – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (training camp begins)
Feb. 10 – 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 16 – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Feb. 17 – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Feb. 20 – 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Mar. 2 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (golf dome) / 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Long Lines)
Mar. 3 – 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Mar. 9 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. / 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mar. 10 – 8 a.m. – 11 a. m.
Mar. 13 – 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. (training camp ends)
**All practices are held at Long Lines unless indicated.
The pre-season home game is set for Feb. 22nd against the Nebraska Lawdogs at the Tyson Events Center. Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m.
and tickets are on sale at the Tyson Events Center Box Office.
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