Two Invited To Camp From Open Tryouts
COLUMBUS, GA, January 12 -- More than fifty Columbus Lions hopefuls displayed their skills for nearly three hours at open tryouts held last Saturday at the Columbus Civic Center, but just two were invited to report to Lions training camp next month.
Tight end-defensive end Gabe McKenzie of Auburn (6-foot-3, 250 pounds) and defensive back Alan Strong of Vanderbilt (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) sufficiently impressed Lions Head Coach Jason Gibson, joining Atlanta free agent wide receiver Michael Figgins, who reprised a successful September tryout, to earn camp invitations.
Gibson noted, in particular, the excellent time of 4.31 seconds Strong posted in the 40-yard dash, one of a number of drills all players were put through from 9 a.m. till noon, with several performing till nearly 1 p.m. Each player paid $40 to $50 registration fee.
The Lions camp, beginning February 20, will take place entirely at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium next to the Civic Center, due to professional hockey and other events at the Civic Center. Camp culminates with the Lions' preseason exhibition game Sunday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. against Team James of Atlanta, a collection of professional football prospects coached by player agent Marcus James. The game, played on the Lions' turf in the Civic Center will be a benefit for The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, which will receive 50% of gate receipts from group sales and individual ticket purchases.
Also last Saturday morning, the Lady Lions Dance Team conducted a dance camp for fifteen girls ages 8-13, many of whom stayed that afternoon to try out for the Junior Lady Lions Dance Team. Both groups perform dance and cheerleading routines during breaks at all Lions home games, and are managed by Lions co-owner Angela Wagenti.
Following is the Lions' current roster of players under 2012 contract. Please visit www.columbuslions.net for continuous news of player signings and other team developments and announcements:
COLUMBUS LIONS 2012 ROSTER AS OF JANUARY 12, 2012
# NAME POS HT WT COLLEGE
Gonzales, Oscar OL 6'7 300 Auburn
Jackson, Demetrius DB 5'10 200 Citadel
Hollivay, Gabe OL 6'3 330 North Texas
Stubbs, Cortez DB 5'9 185 Concordia
Gates, Ryan K 5'9 175 Gardner-Webb
Andrews, Jared DL 6'3 235 Nassau
Dunham, Matt LB/FB 6'1 250 Florida State
Figgers, Michael WR 5'8 162
Durham, Adam OL 6'5 300 Jacksonville St.
Davis, Timothy WR 6'1 205
Crawford, London WR 6'2 205 Arkansas
Hill, Cedric WR 6'3 250 South Florida
Jones, Tyrell WR 6'2 205 Maine
Harrison, Jarrell DB 6'2 220 Missouri
Pilson, Jamontay DL 6'3 275 NW Mississippi
Woods, Quintin DE 6'5 255 Kansas
Graham, Charlie LB/WR 6'3 265 Florida State
Small, Dion OL 6'3 310 Troy University
Gloster, Drew LB/WR 6'3 250 Maryland
Boatner, Tripp OL 6'6 310 Arkansas-Monticello
Dupree, Maurice WR 5'10 190 Jacksonville State
Huggins, Eric WR 6'3 210 Oklahoma
Gaines, Jason DL 6'1 275 Samford
Glimp, Karl OL 6'5 300 Stephen F. Austin
Carter, Brandon LB 6'6 255
Swain, Darrius DL 6'3 330 Georgia
Williams, Marcus DB 6'3 225 Michigan State
Douglass, Derek DB 6'0 185 Tuskeegee
Swain, Chris DB 6'1 220 Mississippi State
Clay, John Michael DL 6'5 270 Samford
Short, Jamie DB 6'1 205 Norfolk State
Childs, Ronnie WR 6'3 200 Albany State
Mavromichalis, Michael OL 6'6 350 Albany State
Cassidy, Derek QB 6'2 210 Rhode Island
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