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Firebirds Announce Six More Players

March 2, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Albany Firebirds News Release

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Firebirds announced today that linemen Kevin Marchant (OL/DL), Anton Lindsay (OL/DL), Peter Martocci (OL/DL) and Lavon Ward (OL/DL) have all been assigned to the Firebirds by the af2 for the 2009 season. Additionally Albany announced that Johnnie Butler (WR/LB) and Christian Wise (WR/DB) have been added to the roster, bringing the announced training camp total to 26 players.

"The paperwork is finally done and training camp is less than two weeks away," said Firebirds Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Tony Bowick. "I am really excited about this group. After all the tape I have seen of these guys I can't wait to get on the field with them and get to know them personally."

Marchant, 24, enters his second season in Albany and in the af2. Last year in six games with the Conquest, the 6'3", 235 lbs defensive lineman totaled eight tackles, three sacks, three pass break-ups and one forced fumble. Marchant's campaign was cut short midseason due to injury.

Lindsay, 25, is one of five training camp attendees who enter 2009 with at least two years of af2 experience. The 6'3", 285 lbs Temple University product played four of the Peoria Pirates final five games in 2008 and recorded three solo tackles and one pass break-up. In 2007 Lindsay attended Calgary Stampeders training camp (CFL).

Martocci, 26, spent last season with the Albany Conquest and in one game, recorded one solo tackle. The 6'3", 295 lbs guard was a three-year starter at C.W. Post and was selected to the 1st team All-Northeast 10 in 2005 and to the 2nd team All-Northeast 10 in 2004.

Ward, 23, enters his first full season in the af2 after spending last year with the Rio Grande Dorados. The 6'3", 320 lbs lineman played his college football for American International College.

Butler, 27, enters his second season in the af2 after spending last season with the South Georgia Wildcats. In one game last season, the 6'3", 221 lbs. Grambling State product recorded four solo tackles and two assisted tackles.

Wise, 23, also joins the Firebirds for his second af2 season after spending last year with South Georgia. The 6'1", 176 lbs receiver notched four receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown in his lone game last season for the Wildcats.

The Albany Firebirds will begin their 2009 regular season schedule on March 27th at Mahoning Valley, while their first home game is set for April 10th against the Florida Firecats at the Times Union Center. Full and partial season ticket packages are now on sale; for more information please contact the Firebirds at (518) 487-2244 or online at

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