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‘Stormers Finalize Roster for Season Opener

March 23, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Iowa Barnstormers News Release

DES MOINES - The locally-owned Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football Club today announced the team has made final roster cuts in preparation for the 2009 af2 season opener Friday, March 27 at Milwaukee.

The twenty-two member 2009 Barnstormers' roster features fourteen returning players, including QB Joe Brannen, WRs Tim Dodge and Errick McCown, and All-af2 OL Michael Dansby. One notable new Barnstormer is former Iowa State Cyclone and All-Big 12 performer DB DeAndre Jackson.

"The Barnstormers will be an Arena Cup contender from the first snap," said Head Coach John Gregory. "This year's team has a great mix of returning starters and newcomers with significant arena football experience. Barnstormers fans will see a very talented group take the field this season."

The Barnstormers begin the 2009 campaign against the Milwaukee Iron, an af2 expansion club that is also a member of the af2's Midwest Division. The game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. kick-off this Friday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The live radio broadcast can be heard locally on AM 1700 The Champ.

The Iowa Barnstormers home opener is Saturday, April 4 against the Tulsa Talons. Season tickets are still available and start as low as $80 and can be ordered at or (515) 633-BALL.

2009 Iowa Barnstormers Roster

Name Position Height Weight School

Eric Anderson OL/DL 6'2 320 Memphis

Len Bernard** WR/LB 6'2 230 INTL

Marshall Blount* DL 6'2 250 San Jose State

Joe Brannen QB 6'5 215 Coe

Michael Dansby OL/DL 6'4 312 Jackson State

Jordan Davis WR/DB 5'11 190 South Dakota

Tim Dodge WR/DB 5'10 190 Iowa

Charles Edwards LB/DE 6'3 282 North Carolina Central

Tommy Ellingworth* WR 5'10 187 Augustana

Jeff Glas K 5'11 195 North Dakota

DeAndre Jackson DB 6'0 187 Iowa State

Charles Johnson OL/DL 6'2 335 Northern Iowa

Dusty Kain WR/DB 5'10 175 Simpson

Micah King LB 5'10 238 Southern Illinois

Bryan Lee-Lauduski* QB 6'5 200 Southern Oregon

Donva Louder WR/DB 6'3 195 Graceland

Shannon Lynch** OL/DL 6'5 270 INTL

Mike Matthes OL/DL 6'6 280 Northern Iowa

Eric McCown WR 6'0 185 Oklahoma State

J.J. Payne FB 6'0 252 Western Illinois

Vonzell Pittman WR 6'4 210 Gardner-Webb

Jason Ripke DE/LB 6'4 255 Simpson

Eric Rothwell OL/DL 6'5 325 Iowa

Jason Simpson*** DB/LB 6'1 198 Missouri

Monte Smith LB 6'0 225 Appalachian State

Tanner Varner WR/DB 6'0 200 Northern Iowa

Brian Villanueva QB 6'4 245 Fort Valley State

Ken Williams WR 6'4 230 Oklahoma State

*denotes Injured Reserve

**denotes International Player

***denotes Refused to Report

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