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Erie Lineman Zach Williams Advances to AFL

July 19, 2012 - Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) - Erie Explosion News Release

Erie, PA- The Erie Explosion have announced that defensive lineman Zach Williams has signed a contract with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. Williams (6'3, 280) a local product of Erie Cathedral Prep, enjoyed a standout campaign for the Explosion in his professional football debut. Williams earned honorable mention all-league honors with 26 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and 10 sacks during the 2012 UIFL season. Williams played at Kent State from 2008-2010 and also spent time at Citrus Junior College. Williams was a second team All-State Selection at Erie Cathedral Prep while leading his team to a 10-2 record. A dominating defensive end at Prep, Williams finished with 75 total tackles, 10 sacks, and 20 tackles for a loss his senior year while earning 1st team All-Region Honors.

Williams signing with the Gladiators marks the 11th former Erie player to have signed an AFL or CFL contract over the past calendar year. Explosion defensive end Mike Robinson was signed to the Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League earlier this year. "We are very excited that Zach has been given the opportunity to take his career to the next level. He was a dominating presence on our defensive line and his game will translate very well to the arena league. I am proud of the fact that our franchise continues to be a vehicle for players to advance their professional careers," commented Erie Head Coach Shawn Liotta. For information on the Erie Explosion visit www.erieexplosion.com for upcoming events and the latest news as the franchise prepares for the 2013 season.

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