The Sioux City Bandits continue their quest for another Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league championship by adding three more strong newcomers and two returning players to the 2017 roster.
Frederick Bruno enters his 7th year in a Bandit uniform. Bruno, a Miami, FL native and Wayne State College Alumni, is at the tops of many offensive categories in the Bandits record books. Bruno is the career leader for the Bandits in all-purpose yards (6463), missed field goal return touchdowns (5), missed field goal return yards (540), kick return yards (2822), and kick return touchdowns (12). He is second on the Bandits career list for total points scored (656) and touchdowns scored (108). He was named CIF Special Teams MVP of the league in 2014 and 2015. Bruno is a fan favorite that has the ability to change the game every time he touches the ball.
Rahn Franklin, defensive back from Buena Vista University is widely considered to be one of the premier defenders in the league. Franklin is another signee that has his name in the Bandits record books. Franklin ranks first on the Bandits career list for average yards per missed field goal return (34.43), interception return yards (634), interceptions (46), interception return touchdowns (6), and passes defended (102). Franklin is also returning for his 7th season with the Bandits.
Jeff Mack, running back from Long Island University whose indoor football resume includes time with the Salina Bombers and Omaha Beef, will look to bolster the Bandits rushing attack. While at Long Island University, Mack earned 1st and 2nd team all-conference awards, rushing for over 2500 yards in his career. Mack also rushed for over 3000 yards in high school, capping his career off with a CHSAA championship. In the title game alone he rushed for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
James Cash is a defensive back/wide receiver from Florida A&M University. He spent time with the Central Florida Jags and the Jacksonville Sharks. Cash is an exceptional athlete looking to compete on both sides of the ball.
Jon Hatton, a 6'1", 250-pound linebacker/defensive end from West Texas A&M University, will look for a starting spot on a traditionally tough defensive line. Hatton spent time at Tyler Junior College before West Texas A & M where he led his team in sacks both seasons he was there. Hatton brings a great deal of indoor football experience to the Bandits, having spent time with the Laredo Rattlesnakes (LSFL), San Antonio Talons (AFL), Sioux Falls Storm (IFL), and the Duke City Gladiators of the CIF.
"To sign five players all with indoor experience is a step in the right direction for us this season. Leading the way are two of the best in the league in Franklin and Bruno, with both of their seasons cut short due to injuries last year it is easy to see why we struggled a bit at times. I am very excited about this group of players," commented Head Coach Erv Strohbeen regarding the signing of these players.
The Sioux City Bandits are holding open tryouts on January 15th. Visit their website at www.scbandits.com for more information.