Colorado Venom Add Five More to 2004 Roster
Loveland, Colo. The Colorado Venom of the National Indoor Football League inched ever closer to its March 13 season opener against the Utah Warriors, signing five more players to contracts after Sundays open tryouts at Fort Collins High School.
Roughly 120 players showed up for the 10:00 a.m. tryouts, out of which 50 were invited back for a second look. Of those 50, OT Jaron Cook (Walsh, Colo.), WR Mark Cressman (Boulder, Colo.), WR/RB Corey Edmonds (San Diego, Calif.), S Nicholas Galbreath (Denver, Colo.) and RB Jeramie Thomas (Fort Collins, Colo.) all signed contracts to play for the Venom in 2004. The roster now stands at eight, as these five join WR Charlie Ricks (Aurora, Colo.), QB Jarrod Rouanzoin (Arvada, Colo.) and RB/WR/Return Specialist Johnny Johnson (Aurora, Colo.) to have inked contracts to play this season. In the coming days, the Venom coaching staff is expected to complete the 21-man active roster.
Jaron Cook, a 2003 graduate of Northern Colorado, was a four-year standout offensive tackle for the Bears. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder accumulated an overall record of 33-15 during his four seasons under the tutelage of head coach Rod Dobbs, starting 37 consecutive games while garnering all-conference honors as a junior and second-team all-conference recognition as a senior. Cook hails from Walsh High School in Walsh, Colo. where he lettered in football, basketball and track. Currently, he is the co-director of the brand new Training Ground Athletic Performance Center in Greeley.
A member of the 2003 Colorado Football Conference Champion Denver Titans, Mark Cressman earned CFC Wide Receiver of the Year honors in his initial semi-professional campaign. Prior to his stint with the Titans, the 6-foot, 195-pounder played his collegiate ball at Kansas Wesleyan University, graduating in 2001 with the school record in career receptions and receiving yards. He was a three-time all-conference member and Offensive MVP as a junior, while accumulating a 22-17 record in his four seasons with the Coyotes. Cressman was a three-sport athlete at Erie High School in Erie, Colo., earning all-state, all-area and all-conference recognition for the 1997 state championship squad.
Corey Edmonds played wide receiver and running back for two seasons with the Oklahoma Crude of the National Indoor Football League, earning Team MVP honors in 2002. At Huron University in Huron, South Dakota, he accumulated an 18-6 overall record in his two seasons, including an appearance in the NAIA National Championship Semifinals as a junior in 1999. Edmonds was a two-time honorable mention All-American and first-team all-conference member, as well as the single season school rushing record holder as a junior and Offensive MVP as a senior. He is currently in active duty in the United States Air Force, stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Nicholas Galbreath, a native of Denver, has spent time with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (1995), the Colorado Wildcats of the Arena Football League (1997-98) and the Rocky Mountain Thunder of the Indoor Professional Football League (1998-99). The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder played special teams on the 1995 World Champion Galaxy squad and received all-pro recognition with the Wildcats. A four-year letterman at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., Galbreath was a first-team all-conference member as well as a Street & Smiths Preseason All-American selection as a senior in 1992.
An all-state football and track athlete at Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Jeramie Thomas went on to play his collegiate ball at Adams State College, earning all-conference honors as a junior. On the track with the Grizzlies, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder established the Division II 110-meter high hurdles national championship record. His father, Earlie Thomas, played for the New York Jets and Denver Broncos of the NFL, while his brother, Ryan Thomas, played collegiate ball at the University of Colorado.
It was a very good day and a great camp overall, said head coach Ron Mondt. It was organized well and the Fort Collins High School was a great facility. The guys were excited, we had a high energy atmosphere and we expect to sign at least 10 players from these tryouts.
Venom season tickets are on sale now, with prices ranging from $70 to $245 for the complete 7-game home schedule.
For more information regarding season tickets, please call the Colorado Venom front office at 970-206-4889. For information about the NIFL, please visit the league Website at www.NationalIndoorFootballLeage.net.
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