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Bandits announce first group of players for 2005

January 12, 2005 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

Today, Head Coach Jose Jefferson of the Sioux City Bandits of United Indoor Football is pleased to announce the signing of our first group of players for the 2005 season.

Signing on to play with the Bandits for another year are the following veterans.

Erv Strohbeen (Offensive Line, 6’4, 335lbs.) Erv played part of the season in 2004. He is an indoor football veteran having played for the Bandits in 2001-03. Strohbeen won 2002 NIFL Pacific North All Division Team Honors as a center. Erv is a Sioux City native having graduated from Sioux City West and Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.

Steve Schmidt (Offensive Line, 6’4. 325 lbs.) Schmidt is also an indoor football veteran having playing in Sioux City sin the first Bandits season in 2001. Schmidt started his collegiate career at Dakota Wesleyan before transferring to the University of South Dakota in 1999. Steve is a native of White River, SD and participated in Track, Basketball, and 9-man football. He was selected for the South Dakota All-Star game in 1999.

Clint Harrison (Offensive Line, 6’8, 325 lbs.) Clint played for the Bandits in 2004 for his first experience with indoor football. Harrison graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL after transferring to the Leathernecks from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Harrison is from Cherokee, IA and earned All-State honors while playing for the Cherokee Braves.

Lucas Greens (Wide Receiver, 6’3 190 lbs.) Greens played college football at NCAA D-II Wingate College in North Carolina, where he is the All-Time leading receiver at the school. He was named 2002 Atlanta Conference first team All-Conference and third team All-American. In 2004 set numerous pass/receiving records for the Bandits, most yards in a season with 975 yards, Touchdowns with 18, and made the NIFL first team Pacific Conference All-Star Team. Greene is a native of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Dave Perrigo (Running Back/Kick Returner, 6’0, 205 lbs.) Perrigo is back with the Bandits after not playing indoor football in 2004, this will be his third season in 2005. Dave is a former first team NAIA All-American at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, where he set a single season rushing record during the 2000 season with over 2600 yards. In 2003, he had 20 kick-off returns for 443 yards, averaging 22 yards per return and scored two touchdowns. He caught 26 passes for 364 yards and 5 more touchdowns and lead the Bandits in all purpose yards with an average of 103 yards per game. In 2002, he was second in the NIFL with three kick-off returns for touchdowns and scored 21 touchdowns, which ranked in the top ten in the NIFL. Coach Jefferson stated, “ When I coached in Lincoln, Perrigo was one of the best players in the league and hurt us every time we played the Bandits. I am thrilled to be able to get him back to play for our team in 2005. He is one of the most popular players Sioux City has ever had.”

Alex Ardley (Defensive Back, 5’10, 185 lbs.) Ardley comes back to the Bandits after joining the team midway through the 2004 season. In the six games he played, he made an immediate impact in the NIFL. Alex had a reputation as a shut down corner back in collegiate career at Clemson University and carried that on to the Bandits. He had one interception return for a touchdown last season. Alex had a tryout with the Tampa Bay Bucs of the NFL after his graduation from Clemson.

Johnnie Ostermeyer (Wide Receiver) Johnnie returns to the Bandits for the 2005 season after spending part of the 2004 season with the Omaha Beef. Ostermeyer is a great possession receiver with sure hands that will ignite a crowd with critical receptions. Ostermeyer played for the Bandits in 2002-03 and set a variety of team records. He is a graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.

New to the Bandits in 2005:

Larrey (Buddy) Williams (Defensive Back, 5’11, 180 lbs.) This will be William’s first season of indoor football. He played collegiately at Clemson University in South Carolina, and played high school football at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, FL. He was All-State as both a junior and a senior, recorded eight interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. William’s choose Clemson over North Carolina, Miami (FL), and Georgia.

Cody Butler (Kicker, 6’0, 190 lbs.) Butler comes to the Bandits just having completed his football career at the University of South Dakota. In 2004, Cody was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Northwest Region Second Team. Butler was 13-16 in field goals with a long of 52 yards and 51-52 on PAT’s, and was named NCC Second Team All-Conference for a second year in a row. For his USD career, Butler made 36 of 49 field goals and 89-92 PAT’s. He owns the record of points in a game with 16 from a 40-37 win in four over times vs. NDSU in 2002, field goals in a game with 4 (tied with two others), points in a season with 90, consecutive extra points made with 66 and a career field goal percentage of .735. In 2003, Butler led the NCC in PAT kicking and field goal percentage and was second in the league with 12 field goals. In 2002, he was named Honorable Mention All-NCC after leading the ‘Yotes in scoring with 53 points. Butler finished his USD career with 197 points. Coach Jefferson comments, “To have a successful indoor team means you have to have a proficient kicker that can score points from anywhere on the field. We feel we have that in Cody Butler, his range and accuracy was tremendous in college at USD.” Cody transferred to USD from Nebraska in 2001. He is a native of Hastings, NE and attended Hastings St. Cecelia High School.

Tristan Johnson (Wide Receiver, 6’2, 195 lbs.) Johnson comes to the Bandits after completing his college football career at Doane College in Crete, NE. While at Doane, Johnson was named to the Great Plains Athletic Conference All-Conference Team in 2002, 03, and 04. He was also named to the NAIA All-American Team in 2004. Tristan is a native of Aurora, CO.

The Bandits open the 2005 season at home on March 19 when they play the Black Hills Red Dogs. Kick off for all 8 home games is 7:05pm at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.

In addition, this Sunday, January 16 at 8:00 am Coach Jefferson has schedules an open try-out camp at the Long Lines Family Center. “I expect 25-40 attendees to tryout for the 2005 Bandits team, our coaching staff will put each player through a series of tests to determine ability to make the team, we will have another camp next weekend in Tallahassee, FL. Afterward the coaching staff will pick which players will be invited back for training camp in the beginning of March.”

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