Depth is the Name of Hawks' Receiving Game
EVERETT - Visitors to the Everett Hawks training camp this spring should see more than one familiar face among the Hawks' receiving corps. Returning WR Milton Myers and WR/LB LaMonte Jones, the 2006 af2 Ironman of the Year, highlight a group of five wide receivers that have been assigned to the Hawks by the arenafootball2 league office.
Joining Myers and Jones in Hawks' training camp this season will be Jones's former teammate Marvin Brown, who also starred for the Central Valley Coyotes last season, Robert Reed, Joshua Richey and Calvin Pierre. The group combined for 186 catches, 2,292 yards and 59 touchdowns in the af2 last season. Hawks Head Coach Cedric Walker is excited about the receivers the team has brought in.
"I think they will be our strength," he said. "It will be a great competition in camp. Whoever is the top five, we're going to keep. We're not going to be flashy, but we will be blue collar and we are going to get it done."
Myers led the Hawks last season in receiving yards (873) and ranked second on the club in receptions (64) and touchdown receptions (16). The Everett native and Mariner High School graduate added 42 tackles and intercepted a pass on the defensive side of the ball.
Jones caught 107 passes for 1,419 yards and 40 touchdowns, gained 829 yards and scored twice on kick returns and added 26.5 tackles and three interceptions on defense last season. His teammate Brown caught 74 balls for 976 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Coyotes in 2006.
Despite playing for an indoor football team in Montana last season, Reed is no stranger to the af2. After playing his college ball at Mississippi, Reed starred for the Tulsa Talons in 2004 and 2005, catching 174 balls for 2,183 yards and 47 touchdowns. In 2004, Reed had his best af2 season, with 106 receptions, 1,336 yards and 34 touchdowns.
Joshua Richey spent a portion of the 2006 season with the af2's Amarillo Dusters, where he appeared in two games. Richey caught 15 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns in Amarillo. He played his college ball at Northeastern (OK) State, where he put up impressive numbers for the Redmen. Richey racked up 96 catches for 1,695 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three-year collegiate career.
Calvin Pierre will make his af2 debut after playing his college ball at Chaffee College.
"LaMonte is the Ironman of the Year and Marvin catches everything," Coach Walker said. "You've got Reed and Josh Richey. Just look at their stats and see what these kids have done. The numbers speaks for themselves."
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