Talented Receivers, Returners to Lead Upcoming Edge Attack
February 12, 2014 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Bloomington Edge News Release
With just over three weeks before the season opener, the Bloomington Edge are making strides on the field and in the community.
Before camp opens next week for the Champions Professional Indoor Football League season, the Edge players and staff are helping build a home in Bloomington this Saturday through Habitat for Humanity before welcoming the remaining members of the wide receivers corps.
LaVaughn Macon returns to the Edge after a 2013 season that earned him honorable mention honors in the voting for CPIFL Special Teams Player of the Year. Macon specialized as a kick return threat last season with the Edge, returning 39 kickoffs for 889 yards and one touchdown with an average of 22.8 yards per return. Macon also returned five field goal tries for 150 yards and one score, caught 24 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed 13 times for 76 yards and one touchdown. He led the CPIFL in average all-purpose yards with 150.5 per game. After the Edge season, Macon joined the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League for their final three games, running back one of his six kick returns for a touchdown. The 5-7, 170-pound Macon enters his fourth professional season.
"LaVaughn Macon is a great receiver and return man, best in our league last season, but he is a great person also, very talented and a team leader," said Edge head coach John Johnson. "We are needing LV to be the playmaker for us in many ways (with his) super attitude and work ethic."
Marcus Lewis also returns for his second Edge season after grabbing 16 touchdown catches in 2013, third in the CPIFL. Lewis totaled 51 receptions for 611 yards last season. Lewis played four seasons at Northern Illinois University where he was second on the team in receptions in his senior season of 2009, catching 29 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
"Marcus grew the most last season from training camp to the end of the year," said Johnson. "(Lewis is) big and strong and really learned how to play slot receiver. We look for great things this year from Marcus."
Eric McCollum makes his third appearance in Bloomington as an all-around offensive threat. He was named Mr. South Carolina Football as a high schooler. "Eric is a very good athlete that always played where ever we needed him to play," said Johnson. "He's versatile and will try QB for us this year but who knows with his great athletic ability. (I'm) happy to have Eric back."
Yvens Louis (pronounced EE-vens) starts his third pro indoor season as a wide receiver and his first in Bloomington after playing with the Saginaw Sting in 2011 and the Chicago Pythons in 2012. "Yvens came to our winter tryout and did very well," said Johnson. He brings good routes and athletic ability, good ball skills and will definitely compete to make the ball club (with his) very good attitude."
Terry Newsome was a standout at West Valley College in the competitive California junior college scene followed by two seasons at the University of Mary where he earned all-conference honors in both years. "Terry is new to us but on film is very athletic, runs good routes and is an explosive, big play receiver," said Johnson.
The Edge open the 2014 season in Kansas on March 7 against the Salina Bombers. The home opener is Saturday, March 29 at 7:05 p.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum against the Omaha Beef. Tickets for all six Edge home games are on sale, including season and group ticket discounts. For more information, call 309-434-2980 or visit www.bloomingtonedge.com, Facebook and Twitter.
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