The Sioux City Bandits continue their quest for another CIF championship by adding two more strong newcomers to the 2017 roster, and two returning veterans.
Maurice Young, a 5’10” wide receiver from Rockledge, FL, brings to the Bandits over five years of indoor football experience. While playing collegiately at Tennessee State University he was named Special Teams Player of the Year his sophomore year and All OVC honors his junior year. His senior year he transferred to Edward Waters College where he was the Number 1 Kick Returner in the Nation and team MVP.
Young started his arena football career in 2010. In his rookie campaign, he recorded 13 touchdowns and 523 receiving yards with the Seattle Timberwolves. The following year he added ten touchdowns and 445 receiving yards to his professional resume. In 2013 he spent half the season in Cedar Rapids and finished in Orlando. While playing for the Dodge City Law last year, he led the team in touchdowns and receiving yards.
Taylor Genuser is a 6’2” quarterback who got his start at New Mexico Highlands University. His professional football career began in 2013 with the SoCal Coyotes. He threw for 834 yards and 12 touchdowns, and was named AAA Hall of Fame All-Star Game MVP.
Starting his indoor career in 2014 with the Erie Explosion, Genuser then played for several teams before landing with the Iowa Barnstormers where he threw for 20 touchdowns and over 1000 yards. The Duke City Gladiators brought him on board in 2016 where he again eclipsed the 20 touchdown/1000 yard mark.
Genuser has also served as the quarterback coach at Clovis West High School since 2014.
The first veteran to announce his return in 2017 is none other than linebacker Marlon Lobban. Lobban has played with the Sioux City Bandits since 2012. During his career with the Bandits, he has racked up 341 tackles, 13 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss, and five interceptions. Lobban took home the 2016 CIF Defensive Player of the Year honors last year and has been a team leader, motivator, and a huge fan favorite.
Jon Smith, defensive back, has also signed on for another year with the Bandits. Smith started with the Bandits in 2011 and has been a strong, steady force on defense. In his 76 games, he has racked up 417 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 42 passes defended, and 16 interceptions. Smith ranks near the top in several all-time Bandit record categories. He is ranked second on the Bandits career list for unassisted tackles (244), third in interceptions (16), and third in total tackles (417). Smith will undoubtedly add to those totals this year.
“When looking at building a team we expect to compete for a championship every year, Lobban and Smith are essential keys to the puzzle to bring back. Their experience and ability are tops in the league and we are proud to have them back in a Bandit uniform." said Coach Erv Strohbeen.
The Sioux City Bandits are holding open tryouts on December 4. Visit their website at www.scbandits.com for more information or to sign up.