Quad City Steamwheelers Announce Four More Returnees
(Davenport, IA) - The Quad City Steamwheelers announced today that the arenafootball2 league has assigned OL/DL Maurice Harris, OL/DL Chris Jahnke, OL/DL Kika Kaululaau and WR/DB Sidney Lewis to the squad.
Harris played an important role as a practice player briefly with the team last season. The lineman worked hard last year after just missing the cut in training camp and earned a spot on the roster midway through the season after the team sustained several injuries. The 6-foot-5, 335 pound athlete attended Iowa Central Community College where he played both on the offensive and defensive line for the team.
"Maurice is a guy who showed a whole lot of promise last year," says Head Coach Sean Ponder. "He worked hard when he was with us last season and he has earned an opportunity to come into training camp and get a shot at a roster spot."
Jahnke anchored the offensive line for the Steamwheelers last season and also was credited with one solo tackle on defensive. The 6-foot-5, 315 pound athlete played collegiate football at Indiana University.
"Chris (Jahnke) was our best offensive lineman last year," says Ponder. "We are very excited to have him on board again."
Kaululaau finished the 2006 season with 21 total tackles and the offensive/defensive lineman led the team in blocked kicks with six. Kaululaau converted to fullback for several games during the season due to injuries on the team. As a fullback the 6-foot-0, 300 pound athlete rushed for 17-yards and one touchdown on 10 attempts.
"Kika (Kaululaau) is a vital for us to be successful," says Ponder. "He is one of those key players who can play on the offensive and defensive line as well as at fullback/linebacker. In order for us to be successful, we need players like Kika who can play well at multiple positions."
Lewis is entering his fourth year of play in the af2 and his second with the Steamwheelers. Last season the 5-foot-10, 180 pounder finished second on the team in total tackles with 66 (52 solo, 28 assisted) and pass breakups with 13. The Bellwood, Ill., native also finished the season with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
"Lewis is going to fit very well in Coach (Troy) Biladeau's defense," says Ponder. "With the great rookies we want to bring in, he is not going to be left on an island out there."
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