Wolves Find Missing Piece To Team Puzzle
The Manchester Wolves, New Hampshire's professional arenafootball2 team, believe that they have just found the missing piece to the team's quarterback puzzle as the af2 league office announced today that they were assigned quarterback Mark Radlinski.
Radlinski (6'2, 225), comes to the Wolves after being on the Grand Rapids Rampage practice squad of the Arena Football League. The one-year af2 gunslinger played 16 games for the Tulsa Talons in 2006 where as a rookie he threw for 3,748 yards and 80 touchdowns with a 60.1 percent completion rating. The Michigan native, who led the Talons in rushing with 142 total yards and 13 touchdowns, guided Tulsa to an impressive 11-5 record and a first place tie in the Midwest Division.
"I'm excited to be in Manchester to join the Wolves for the stretch run," said Radlinski. "I'm ready to contribute right away and play some football."
At Saginaw Valley State (2001-2004), Radlinski broke the school's single-season records in pass attempts (410), pass completions (253), passing touchdowns (32), passing yards (3,428) and total offense (3,524) while also setting new single-game records in passing yards (431), completions (30), attempts (49) and total offense (453). During his tenure for the Red Pride he earned numerous accolades ranging from being one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Division II Award (equivalent to Division I's Heisman Trophy), GLIAC Player of the Year and First-Team Offense, d2football.com and Daktronics First-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American, Second-Team All-Conference, First-Team Pre-Season All-American, Second-Team All-GLIAC, First-Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American. The decorated quarterback finished his college career 19-4 as a starter and the school's all-time leader in passing yards (7,075), touchdowns (71) and second all-time in pass completions (481) and attempts (794).
Prior to his stellar college career, Radlinski attended Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Mi, where he set school records for most passing yards (1,705) and touchdowns (20). Radlinski also earned nine letters as a prep and First-Team All-State Associated Press selection and First-Team Detroit Free Press All-State selections.
"Mark is a quarterback that makes great throws and that is a true competitor," said five-year veteran Jarrail Jackson, who played against Radlinski's Talons three times last year. "You can see the fire that he brings to his team, hopefully that will ignite us and give us that last spark we need to be a championship team."
This will be the Wolves second mid-season quarterback addition from the AFL ranks as Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett added Steve Bellisari from the Kansas City Brigade practice squad during Week Six in 2006. The move paid off as Bellisari made the Wolves a playoff contender as he finished 5-1 as a starter, leading the Wolves to four-straight wins to end the season and guided Manchester into the second round of the af2 playoffs. The Ohio State graduate is now the backup quarterback for the New Orleans Voodoo of the AFL.
The Wolves and Radlinski will travel to Bossier City, LA, on Thursday in preparations for their first-time match up against the Quincy Carter led Battle Wings (5-1) on Friday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. inside the CenturyTel Center.
Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007. Ticket packages for the Wolves are still 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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