Colorado Venom Round Out 2004 Roster
Loveland, Colo. The Colorado Venom of the National Indoor Football League has finalized its 21-man active roster, signing the final pieces of the puzzle Thursday, Feb. 19, inking 10 more players to contracts for the 2004 season.
The new signees include; RB Quenterious Crawford (Denver, Colo.), DB Jevon Davis (Denver, Colo.), DB Noland Eastin (Greeley, Colo.), DB DAmbrose Finch (Denver, Colo.), DL Patrick Harmsen (Arvada, Colo.), DB Damon Jackson (Lakewood, Colo.), QB Jason Lechuga (Englewood, Colo.), DB William Logan (Lakewood, Colo.), DL Charlie Stefo (Evergreen, Colo.) and DL Jason Tiner (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Crawford, a 5-foot-7, 215-pound native of Wichita, Kan., has played semi-professionally with the Denver Titans of the Colorado Football Conference and the Rocky Mountain Reapers of the North American Football League. In his two seasons with the Titans, Crawford amassed nearly 2,000 total yards from scrimmage (No. 1 in the CFC both seasons), while being awarded the Titans Outstanding Running Back Award and CFC Running Back of the Year in 2003. He played his college ball at Adams State College, compiling 1,591 rushing yards in two seasons, including an All-RMAC nod as a junior in 1994. Crawford rushed for over 6,000 career yards at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Colo. as a four-time all-conference member and All-American as a senior in 1992.
Davis, born and raised in Denver, also played semi-professionally with both the Titans and Reapers. With the Reapers in 2001, the 5-foor-10, 200-pound defensive back earned first team Defensive All-Star honors, recording 18 interceptions on the season.
Eastin, a 2000 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, will be one of 10 players slated to play defensive back for the Venom in 2004. The Greeley native was a three-year starter at defensive back for the Bears, while averaging 37 yards per kickoff return as a return specialist. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder earned All-North Central Conference honors as a senior in 1999, and Special Teams MVP as a junior in 1998.
Finch has spent time with the semi-professional Denver Titans, Rocky Mountain Reapers and Texas Coyotes, as well as starting three years at cornerback at Kansas Wesleyan University. A member of the 2001 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Champion Coyotes, the Denver native was a three-time All-KCAC selection at defensive back.
Harmsen, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end, has also seen time in the semi-professional circuit, playing with the Denver Titans, Colorado Bulldogs and Colorado Wildcats. He was twice named a Colorado Football Conference All-Star, once with the Bulldogs and once with the Titans. A native of Arvada, Harmsen played collegiately at Western State College in Gunnison, and his high school ball at the Denver Academy in Denver.
Jackson, originally from Oakland, Calif., has seen time with the Denver Pirates, Denver Titans and the Rocky Mountain Thunder. Prior to his semi-professional play, he played defensive back for four seasons at the University of Northern Colorado under the tutelage of head coach Joe Glenn.
Lechuga, a veteran with playing experience for the Metropolitan Wolverines and Colorado Wildcats, accumulated a 20-5 overall record as the starting quarterback for the Wolverines, while being honored as a three-time starting QB in the CFC All-Star Game (2000-03). The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback/wide receiver played his high school ball at Englewood High School, earning 4A Outside Linebacker of the Year as a senior in 1994.
Logan, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back, played his collegiate ball at Adams State College from 1994-97 before spending one year stints each with the Denver Titans, Rocky Mountain Thunder and Colorado Wildcats. He was voted the Team MVP as a safety for the 2001 CFC Champion Titans and first team all-pro with the Thunder in 1999. At Adams State, the Denver native was voted first team All-RMAC as a senior in 1997 and holds the school record for most touchdowns in a single game (5). Logan graduated from Alamosa High School in 1991.
Stefo, originally from Saint Louis, Mo., joins the Venom with over 11 years of semi-professional experience with the Denver Titans, Metropolitan Wolverines and Mile High Knights. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end was named to the 2003 CFC All-Star team after leading the conference with 32.5 sacks. He played his high school football at Northglenn High School.
As a four-year letterwinner on the defensive line at the University of Northern Colorado, Tiners Bears claimed two North Central Conference Championships and a 37-13 overall record in his four seasons. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder was voted the NCC Defensive Player of the Week for a performance that included eight tackles and two sacks in a single game. He played his high school football at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs.
We had a very good open tryout that gave us a foundation, said Venom Head Coach Ron Mondt. Now we have made the team better with the addition of these new signings. I am confident that we will be very competitive when we finally get into the season.
The Venom kick-start the inaugural 2004 campaign Saturday, March 13, 2004 in Salt Lake City, facing off against the reigning Pacific Conference Champion Utah Warriors. After a two-week layoff, Colorado will hold its first home game at the Budweiser Events Center Saturday, April 3 against the Lincoln Capitals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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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