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Maulers debut this Saturday

March 16, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Montgomery Bears News Release

Montgomery, AL – The Montgomery Maulers indoor football team will open their season this Saturday, March 19 against the Kissimmee Kreatures. This week head coach James Shiver reduced his roster to the league’s mandatory 25 players.

Over fifty percent of Shiver’s roster consists of “home-grown” talent. Eight individuals played their college ball at Alabama State University, including DL Robert Malone who had a brief stint with the Baltimore Ravens. Also joining the team are five additional players from Troy University, including brothers Mareno and David Philyaw.

Among the players in the trenches for the Maulers this season are OL Duke Vaiga (6’4”, 375 lbs.) and OL Fred Barnett (6’6”, 330 lbs.). Rushing the opposing quarterback will be Cliff Darrington, an active duty police officer with the Montgomery Police Department.

“The Maulers have put together a talented roster,” commented Coach Shiver, “not only do we have players with valuable experience, we have rookies that bring extraordinary athletic abilities to the field.”

An expansion franchise in the National Indoor Football League (NIFL), the Montgomery Maulers offer seven nights of hard-hitting, high-scoring, “edge of your seat” excitement at historic Garrett Coliseum. The Maulers play their first-ever home game on Saturday, April 2 against the SW Louisiana Swashbucklers. Season tickets start at $49 and are available by calling (334) 277-1881, visiting the Maulers’ office at Eastdale Mall, or logging on to

# Name Pos Ht Wt College Experience

1 Eric Taylor WR 5’8 165 Troy University Rookie
2 Shaun Holmes WR 5’10 185 Alabama State Rookie
4 Corey Sears LB 6’1 240 Troy University Birmingham (af2)
5 David Philyaw DB 5’9 180 Troy University Houma (NIFL)
6 J.R. Richardson QB 6’2 235 Alabama State Rookie
7 Machion Sanders WR 6’0 190 Alabama State Rookie
8 Brian Balazik QB 6’1 195 Southern Miss Rookie
9 Cedric Dupree WR 6’2 195 Tuskegee Rookie
11 Jamaal Fletcher DB 6’1 200 Alabama State Rookie
13 Richard Rowe DB 5’9 185 Alabama State Rookie
16 Kevin Jones K 6’2 225 Troy University Rookie
17 Eric Hudson DB 6’2 220 Alabama State Rookie
22 Chrys Chukwuma RB 6’2 225 Arkansas Dallas (NFL), Las Vegas (XFL)
24 Antoine Hill DB 5’10 170 Alabama State Rookie
29 Pat Epkins LB 6’1 245 Troy University Birmingham (af2)
44 John Harrell LB 6’1 225 Northern Iowa Rookie
51 Duke Vaiga OL 6’4 375 Murray State Rookie
55 Nathan McDaniel LB 6’1 240 Jacksonville State Rookie
57 Quincy McCall OL 6’3 285 none Rookie
77 Fred Barnett OL 6’6 330 Faulkner Rookie
81 Robert Malone DL 6’3 265 Alabama State Baltimore (NFL)
82 Mareno Philyaw WR 6’2 205 Troy University Atlanta (NFL), Dallas (AFL)
92 Undre Crosby DL 6’4 280 UAB Birmingham (af2)
99 Cliff Darrington DL 6’2 280 none Rookie
Jeff Aaron QB 6’3 215 UAB Birmingham (af2)

Injured Reserve

3 Michael Feagin DB 5’10 180 Alabama Tampa Bay (AFL), Peoria (af2)
Slade Douglas WR 5’8 175 Florida State Oklahoma (NIFL)

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