Wolves bring in youth movement
The arenafootball2 league office announced that OL/DL Brandon Harston, OL/DL James Midboe and OL/DL Guy Mazard have been assigned to the Manchester Wolves professional af2 team for the 2007 season. All three players will be entering their rookie af2 season.
Harston (6-3, 301), a University of Minnesota graduate, will enter his rookie season with the Wolves after a productive four-year career (2001-2004) with the Golden Gophers. The Fort Worth, Texas native played in 35 games for the Gophers where he made a successful transition from a starting defensive tackle to a starting offensive guard. Harston, whose father played briefly for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, helped lead his Lexington, Ky. indoor football team to the championship game last season.
"Brandon has shown he has talent on both sides of the ball during his college career," said Manchester Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett. "We're hoping he can provide steady play on both sides of the ball."
Midboe (6-4, 260), a Bemidji State University graduate, will enter his rookie season with the Wolves after a stellar four-year career (2002-2005) with the Beavers. The Climax, Minn. native played in 43 games for the Beavers where he finished his career at BSU as the 25th player in school history to reach 200 tackles, fifth on the career list for tackles for loss (32.0) and fourth in sacks ( 20.0). Through his collegiate career Midboe collected numerous accolades ranging from NSIC Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year, d2football.com Honorable Mention All-Northwest Region, to First-Team All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
"Just because a guy played at a smaller school doesn't mean he can't be a big-timer," added Bennett. "James is a guy who gets after the quarterback on every snap and that's what you need to win in this game."
Mazard (6-3, 300), a Youngstown State graduate, will enter his rookie season with the Wolves after a three-year career (2001-2003) with the Penguins. The Miami, Fla. native played in 33 games for the Penguins where he registered 80 total tackles and six sacks for his career. During his senior season Mazard was named to the Second-Team All-Gateway Football Conference Team as well as earning his team's Lineman of the Year Award. The defensive tackle/defensive lineman also owns the Penguins strength and conditioning school record in the Power Clean department with 347 pounds. For the last two years Mazard has dominated opposing quarterbacks in an indoor league in Florida.
"Guy was a trained machine in another indoor league last year," added Bennett. "We hope he can continue knocking down quarterbacks around the same way up here."
With the three additions the Manchester Wolves 2007 training camp roster has 21 of its possible 35 open spots filled. The Manchester Wolves training camp will start on March 10 at Bedford's Rising Stars Sports Complex.
Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007! Season ticket packages for the Wolves are available in all levels and don't forget to go online and check out the new merchandise line. For information on season tickets, or merchandise, fans can contact the Wolves at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com.
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