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March 26, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Louisville Fire News Release

OPENING NIGHT: The Fire will open their 2007 season this Friday in Freedom Hall at 7:30 against the Boise Burn. The Fire is looking to start the season with a victory for the fourth time in five years.

LOCAL FLAVOR: The 2007 Fire roster features a host of players with ties to Kentucky including former University of Louisville players Tony Stallings and Tiger Jones. Demetrius Forney returns to the Fire, he played his high school ball at Shawnee. Lonnell Dewalt played high school ball at Warren Central and spent time with the University of Kentucky. Dewalt broke the UK record with seven blocked kicks in 2004. Below are all players with ties to Kentucky:

Name Position School

Demetrius Forney DL Campbellsville; Shawnee High School

Tony Stallings WR Louisville

Tiger Jones WR Louisville

Gordon Miles WR/DB Kentucky St.; Franklin County

Jerome Jones LB Eastern Kentucky

Joe Washington OL Western Kentucky

Lonnell Dewalt WR Kentucky; Warren Central

NEW FACES: The 2007 opening night roster features 14 rookies. The Fire will also have the task of replacing the 2006 Offensive Player of the Year, Rob Mager and 2006 Rookie of the Year Brett Dietz. Below is the 2007 opening night roster:

Name Position Height Weight College Exp.

Brent Maddox OL/DL 6'2 300 Iona R

Dave Hendrix K 5'10 190 Grand Valley St. 1

Demetrius Forney FB/LB 5'11 285 Campbellsville 5

Elliot Powell DB 6'1 200 Valparaiso R

Gordon Miles WR/DB 5'7 170 Kentucky St R

Jason Jones OL/DL 6'4 340 Idaho R

Jerome Jones WR/LB 6'2 235 Eastern Kentucky R

Jerome Walker OL/DL 6'6 250 Toledo R

Joe Washington OL/DL 6'3 340 Western Kentucky R

Joel Steele QB 6'0 210 Anderson 2

Joey Johnsonbaugh OL 6'0 270 Temple R

Lawrence Matthews WR/LB 6'4 190 Western Illinois 3

Lonnell Dewalt WR 6'6 230 North Alabama R

Matt Forbes DB 5'10 180 William Penn 4

Nick Roberts WR/DB 6'1 206 Gardner-Webb University R

Quorey Payne WR/DB 5'9 182 Southern Illinois R

Rusty Midlam WR/DB 5'11 180 Ohio Northern R

Tiger Jones WR 5'11 195 Louisville R

Timothy Long OL/DL 6'5 360 Lane 2

Tony Stallings WR/DB 5'11 200 Louisville 3

Wallace House FB/LB 6'0 290 Fordham R

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