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Four More Players Assigned To Fire Roster

November 20, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

Louisville, KY-The Louisville Fire Arena Football team was assigned four more players for the 2008 season, Tim Long (6'5, 360, Lane College), Ricardo Lenhart (6'2, 190, Otterbein College), Nick Giordano (6'2, 210, Winona State), and Tavoris Horton (6'1, 260, Gardner-Webb).

Tim Long has played three seasons in arenafootball2 and 2008 will be his second season with the Fire. During the 2007 season, the offensive linemen played in 12 games and started 11 games. Last season the Fire's offensive line paved the way for one of the league's top running backs, Demetrius Forney, and established the Fire as the top rushing team in 2007. He played for the Memphis Xplorers in 2003 and 2004. While with the Xplorers he played in 20 games and started 6 of them.

"Tim [Long] is an experienced lineman with great size and mobility; he was a solid anchor last season," stated Fire assistant coach George Eskridge.

Ricardo Lenhart will make his debut in arenafootball2 with the Fire in 2008. In 39 games at Otterbein he accumulated 2,579, 176 receptions and 16 touchdowns. In 2005, Lenhart became the career receiving leader in school history. He was All-Ohio Athletic Conference in 2004 and 2005.

"Lenhart is a good receiver with good size and hands; reminds us of Rob Mager. He impressed us last season when he came to a try-out last season, but had to go back and finish school," replied Eskridge when asked about Lenhart.

Nick Giordano played in two games during the 2007 season with the Green Bay Blizzard. He had 5 receptions for 70 yards, two touchdowns and one field goal return for 31 yards. Girodano impressed coaches at the October try-out.

"Giordano has experience in af2 and the ability to run solid routes," according to Eskridge. "He has all of the tools to become an AFL receiver."

Tavoris Horton, from Macon, GA, will be playing in af2 for the first time. While playing at Gardner-Webb he was second team Big South Conference in 2004 playing linebacker. Horton's has ties to the NFL, his second cousin is Takeo Spikes.

Eskridge said, "Horton has good speed for his size and the versatility to play all defensive positions."

Season tickets for the 2008 Fire season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 502.368.0009 today. Season tickets packages begin at $72.

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