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Opening Day Thunder Roster Set

March 26, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Mahoning Valley Thunder News Release

BOARDMAN, Ohio. - The Mahoning Valley Thunder roster has been set, according to the arenafootball2 League Office. Mike Hold will take 22 players into the first ever game in Thunder history as the team squares off with the Fever of Tri-Cities, Washington on Saturday, March 31st on Cortland Banks Field at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.

Hold wrapped up training camp on Saturday, March 24th and narrowed the roster to his mandated 22-man list. Below is the roster as the team heads into the first week of the regular season.

# Name Position HGT WGT DOB College EXP

2 Archie, Chris WR 6'4 215 7/9/79 Cincinnati 3

44 Brown, Brandon OL/DL 6'2 255 5/16/84 Youngstown St. R

6 Burley, Jerald WR 5'10 175 7/26/79 Youngstown St. 1

21 Butler, Mario DB 6'0 189 9/1/80 Clark GA R

95 Ceaser, Anton OL/DL 6'3 270 5/14/79 Nebraska-Omaha 3

4 Crenshaw, Sam WR/LB 6'3 215 10/31/78 Penn State 2

66 Eaton, Brandon OL/DL 6'2 310 1/18/83 Hawaii R

92 Frost, Tim OL/DL 6'3 280 10/28/80 West Virginia R

9 Gauntt, Glen QB 6'2 215 7/23/78 South Florida 2

99 Glover, Keith OL/DL 6'2 285 11/11/81 St. Francis 2

3 Johnson, Kenny WR 5'9 185 11/5/82 Southern Mississippi 1

54 Lane, Mike OL/DL 6'5 270 7/3/82 Tiffin R

11 Majors, Brian WR/DB 6'1 180 6/12/83 Southern Utah R

5 Mathes, DeMarcus WR/LB 6'0 200 12/14/81 Missouri Southern St. R

22 Murphy, Tim FB/LB 6'0 240 3/18/83 Pitt R

7 Schneider, Mike QB 6'2 220 4/11/83 Duke R

12 Schorejs, Derek K 6'0 215 5/14/73 Bowling Green R

33 Sharpe, LaVelle FB/LB 6'0 252 2/19/83 Bowling Green R

8 Smith, Chris WR/DB 6'2 192 9/29/82 Southeastern Louisiana R

38 Stanec, Mike FB/LB 6'2 245 10/14/76 Youngstown St. R

1 Taylor, Maurice DB 5'11 185 3/12/82 Northern Arizona 2

97 Tuimalealiifano, Shalom OL/DL 6'6 285 7/6/82 College of the Canyons R

Placed on Refused to Report

24 Carlton, Darrell DB 6'0 205 12/15/80 Carson Newman R

Placed on Injured Reserve

Green, Rob DS 6'2 205 5/28/78 Massachusetts 3

Steiner, Seth WR 5'7 165 5/8/83 Youngstown St. R

Placed on Team Suspension

Daniels, Lew WR/DB 6'0 196 2/1/80 West Virginia R

77 Sacco, Mike OL/DL 6'8 340 11/26/81 Toledo R

The af2 does not recognize offensive and defensive specialists any longer. Players will be listed at individual positions or listed as playing both offensive and defensive positions. The "Refused to Report" list is players who are with our team, but elected to not report to the team. "Injured Reserve" is for players who are injured and do not count towards the roster size of 22. "Team Suspension" players are not eligible for the 22-man roster until their suspension is over.

In order to add any player to the 22-man roster, there must be an open roster spot. For the 19-man active game roster, Coach Hold must submit his inactive list one hour prior to kickoff. The inactive list is subject to change each week.

The Mahoning Valley Thunder Arena Football Team's Inaugural Season kicks off Saturday, March 31, 2007 against the Fever from Tri-Cities, Washington on Cortland Banks Field at the Chevrolet Centre. Don't miss the eight, action-packed home games as the Thunder enter the arenafootball2 League and clash with tough opponents to bring the ArenaCup Championship to the Valley. Season tickets are on sale now starting as low as $120 and single-game tickets start at just $15; single-game tickets can be purchased at the Chevrolet Centre Box Office. For more information call the Mahoning Valley Thunder Office at (330) 758-4232 or visit

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