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Wheeling Wildcats Add Two Former WVU Stars to Roster

March 26, 2009 - Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) - Wheeling Wildcats News Release

Wheeling, WV- Wheeling Wildcats Head Football Coach Shawn Liotta has announced the signing of two former West Virginia University stars Kevin "Boo" McLee and Eric Wicks to contracts for the 2009 season. "We are committed to putting the best possible product on the field for our fans, and our goal is to compete for the 2009 CIFL Championship. These two outstanding players should immediately improve us on the defensive side of the football. Both players have a great football pedigree with some NFL experience and will be impact players for us this season," commented Coach Liotta.

Eric Wicks was a standout defensive back at WVU from 2004-2007 finishing his collegiate career with 187 total tackles and 9 interceptions. At the beginning of the 2006 season, Eric Wicks and fellow-Wildcat teammate Kevin McLee were named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. Following his outstanding 2006 season, Wicks was named to the All-Big East Team. In the preseason of 2007, Wicks was selected as the #7 safety in the nation by Lindy's, was a second-team All-American selection, and was a preseason first-team all-Big East selection. He was also selected on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list and Lott Trophy watch list. Wicks was named the Big East Defensive Player of the week , Defensive MVP, and Coaches Contribution Award during his tenure with the Mountaineers. Wicks signed with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL in 2008 as an undrafted free agent.

Kevin "Boo" McLee was a standout linebacker at WVU from 2002-2006 finishing his career with 247 tackles and 2 interceptions. McLee earned 2005 first-team All-Big East honors, ESPN All-Conference honors, and All-ECAC honors. In 2006 McLee finished the season on the Butkus Award list and participated in the 2007 Senior Bowl. During the Senior Bowl, McLee was projected as one of the top inside linebackers in the 2007 NFL Draft Class. In 2007 McLee was signed with the St. Louis Rams of the NFL, and most recently spent time with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

The Wheeling Wildcats will play the first home game in franchise history on Saturday March 28th 2009 at 7:05pm at WesBanco Arena. The Wildcats will take on Divisional Rival Fort Wayne Freedom in an important early season divisional matchup. The Wildcats have announced special $5.00 ticket pricing for anyone showing a student identification card, and any senior citizens for this week's game. For more information on the $5.00 ticket special visit the WesBanco arena ticket office. The Wheeling Wildcats are a professional indoor football team in the Continental Indoor Football League. For more information on the Wheeling Wildcats visit www.wheelingwildcatsfootball.com

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