Manchester Wolves Announce Top-Notch Player Signings
Manchester, NH - The Manchester Wolves today announced the team's schedule for the 2008 season - a season team owners are confident will be a strong one with veterans David Bailey and Lamar Bryant returning to lead the team. Several top caliber new recruits, including wide receiver Steve Savoy who was signed as a free agent in 2005 by the Detroit Lions, have already been signed as well.
Bailey, a four-year letter winner as both a wide receiver and kick returner for the University of New Hampshire's nationally-ranked football program, will be entering his fourth season with the Wolves. Bryant, a Washington, D.C. native, will enter his fourth season with the Wolves as well. The former Maryland Terrapin was a four-year starter at guard, earning Second-Team All-ACC honors as a junior.
The Wolves veterans will be joined by a pair of wide receivers who have had highly successful football careers at the collegiate level. Wide receivers Savoy and Christus "Chris" Tucker will join the Wolves who are coming off of a ten-win season in 2007 and entering the 2008 season with a new coach, Danton Barto, who has already led one team to an ArenaCup championship and is hoping to take this team to similar heights.
"We are putting together a solid team that I believe can make a run at an af2 championship," said Barto. "The team is entering its fifth year in Manchester and I believe will have a lot to celebrate in addition to its anniversary. I'm excited about the possibilities."
During the 2007 season, Bailey played in 15 games, caught 58 passes for 642 yards and nine touchdowns offensively, while collecting 58 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and eight pass breakups on defense. Bryant, a 6'2, 305 pound offensive and defensive lineman, saw time in 14 games and tallied 13 tackles.
Before being signed as a free agent in 2005 by the Detroit Lions, Savoy, a 5'11, 191 pound wideout, was the primary target of quarterback Alex Smith, the 2005 NFL number one draft choice at the University of Utah. Savoy was honored by the Sporting News as a second-team All-American as he led the Mountain West Conference in scoring with an average of 9.27 points per game, ranking him amongst the top scorers in the country. Turner, a 6'4, 220 pound native of Syracuse, NY, is also an af2 rookie and was a four-year starter at wide receiver for the Wagner College Seahawks. When Turner graduated in 2006, he took with him every record that had previously stood in the Wagner College football program record books.
"We are excited to continue to be able to get players of this caliber," said Wolves General Manager Peter Morris. "To mark our fifth anniversary, we're calling this season the 'year of the fan,' and we don't think they'll be disappointed," he said.
In announcing the signings, the Wolves also announced their schedule for the year. Eight home games will be played at Brady Sullivan Field:
Friday, April 18, vs. Albany Conquest, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 4, vs. Daytona Beach, 4 p.m.
Friday, May 16, vs. Tulsa Talons, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, vs. W-B Scranton Pioneers, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, June 6, vs. Florida Firecats, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 27, vs. Albany Conquest, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 11, vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, vs. Corpus Christi, 7:05 p.m.
A full schedule can be found at www.manchesterwolves.com.
The Manchester Wolves are a Manchester-based professional football team whose players are recruited from some of the top colleges and football programs across the nation.
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