Greyhounds Sign Five New Players
The Ohio Valley Greyhounds today announced the signing of (5) five new players to their roster prior to the home game against the River City Rage on Saturday April May 12th. . All of today's announced players will be new to the Greyhound organization. The new signings include Quarterback, Oscar Davenport; Defensive Back Robert Mason; Defensive Back/Linebacker Jeff Candler; Defensive Back/Kick Return specialist Dawan Gentry; and Defensive Back/Linebacker Jamond Davis.
" I am pleased to be announcing the signing of these five talented ballplayers that will be coming on to help us at a variety of positions", said Ervin Bryson, Greyhounds Head Coach. "This group of guys have excelled where ever they have played, several of them have experience at the professional level, and can play on both sides of the ball. We have identified some weaknesses in our roster at a couple of key positions that have led to a slow start for us for 2007. We are committed to changing that immediately and these signings will make us very solid at those key positions as we enter the second half of our season and our run for the play-offs. This upcoming game against the River City Rage on Saturday should reflect a major difference in our performance on both sides of the ball.", Bryson continued.
The Hounds will be playing the River City Rage at WesBanco Arena Saturday night May 12th at 7:00 pm. This is the first ever meeting between the two teams as the Rage is in its first year with the United Indoor Football League, having played for three years previously in another professional Indoor League. The Rage, located in St. Charles, MO., a suburb of St. Louis, come into the game with a 5-2 record hoping to break a 2-game losing streak. The Hounds are at 1-5 wanting this win to break their own 3 game losing streak. The Hounds are definitely looking to turn the season around for the second half of the season beginning with this game.
" While needless to say, I am disappointed with our start to the 2007 season at 1-5, I am confident that we have the talent to complete with any team in this league", said Lou Stein, Greyhound Owner. "We have lost several of our games by beating ourselves with mental errors including penalties, special teams breakdowns, and at times, a lack of focus and intensity. I believe that the adjustments we are currently making in both personnel and game schemes will put the Greyhounds into the heart of the play-off race during the second half of the season. We are now taking one game at a time and treating it with the importance of a play-off game. I am seeing the Hounds practicing with a lot more emotion and intensity and this will translate into much better play and execution in our upcoming games," continued Stein.
Oscar Davenport - New to the Hounds at Quarterback is Oscar Davenport at 6' 4" 200 lbs. Oscar played his high school football as a quarterback at Osceola High School and then went on to distinguish himself as the quarterback for the University of North Carolina from 1995 to 1999. Oscar's professional football career includes quarterback duties with the Greensboro Prowlers of the Arena 2 League in 2000, the Winston-Salem Energy in 2001-2002, the Sioux city Bandits in 2004, the Daytona Beech Hawgs in 2005, the Daytona Beech Thunder in 2006 and the Florida Phantoms in 2007.
Robert Mason - Robert is being brought in as a defensive back for the Hounds at 6' 2" 200 lbs. He played his high school football for Ashbrook High School in Gastonia as a free safety and wide receiver and was selected team captain and achieved All Conference honors. Mason went on to play his college football at VMI in Lexington, Virginia as a stand-out free safety. Mason has gone on to play professional football with the Rossier City Battle Wings in Shreveport, LA. And the Albany Conquest in Albany, NY as a defensive Safety.
Jeff Candler - will be serving the Hounds at the Defensive End/Linebacker positions. Jeff is 6' 2" and weights 245 lbs. and is a native of Desoto, Texas. Jeff played his high school football in Arkansas as a tight end and defensive end and earned team captain, All Conference, All Region and MVP Honors. He then attended Iowa Weslyan College where he played defensive end and linebacker where he became team captain attained All Conference and NAIA status and won the Freddy Arcina award and the Die Hard Award
Dawan Gentry - will be serving the Hounds as a Defensive Back and Kick Returner. Dawan is 6' 0 ' and weighs 195 lbs. He played his high school ball at Dennison High School in Dennison, TX. Where he won the MVP Offensive Player of the Year Honors, Return Specialist of the Year Honors. Dawan played his college football at Texas A & M University where he played free safety and returned kicks and attained All-Conference status for 2 years. He has professional football experience with the Centrex Barracudas in Temple, Texas as cornerback and kick returner.
Jamond Davis - Jamond is a native of St. Augustine, FL and will be playing Defensive Line for the Greyhounds. He is 6' 0" and weighs 265 lbs. He played his high school football at St. Augustine High at both Defensive and Offensive line and played his college football at Pikeville College where he distinguished himself at the Defensive Line position/
Tickets are now on sale for the River City Rage game Saturday with a 7:00 pm kick-off and may be purchased by check, money order, or credit card at the: WesBanco Arena Box Office - 2 Fourteenth Street - Wheeling, WV or by calling the Box Office at (304) 233-4470 and ordering tickets over the phone.
Special prices will be available at all ticket levels for groups of 10 or more and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Greyhound office. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am. to 5:00 pm and may be reached by calling (304) 232-1918 for additional information.
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