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December 27, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Manchester Wolves News Release

The arenafootball2 league office announced that OL/DL Corey Groover, OL/DL DeShon Stovall and OL/DL Jeffrey Lewis have been assigned to the Manchester Wolves, New England's professional arenafootball2 team.

Groover (6'3, 282), will enter his second season with the Wolves after playing 11 games during his rookie campaign in 2006 where he collected a total of 12.0 total tackles, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. The former standout at Clemson University (2003-2005), recorded 52 career tackles, an interception, 11 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks during his career as a Tiger. The Johnsonville, S.C. native originally signed to play with Clemson in 2002, but instead enrolled at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where he dominated the competition from 2002 and 2003, registering 60 solo tackles, nine sacks and an interception. The powerful lineman isn't a stranger when it comes to accolades as he was named a top 100 junior college football player and ranked as the 11 th best defensive tackle in the nation among junior college players by collegefootballnews.com at Southwest Mississippi CC and a USA Today pre-season All-American, MVP of the Shrine Bowl, and South Carolina Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Hannah-Pamplico High School.

"Corey is an amazing natural athlete," said Wolves' Head Coach Ben Bennett. "He should contribute to our team at several different positions this season."

Stovall (6'3, 310), will enter his third season with the Wolves after playing in 14 career games for Manchester in 2005 and 2006. The Akron University graduate has tallied a total of 9.0 total tackles, one fumble recovery for touchdown, one forced fumble, one sack and two quarterback hurries for the Wolves.

Lewis (6'6, 321), will be looking to make an impact during his rookie campaign for the Wolves this season after proving to be a dominate force on all levels of competition throughout his football career. The New York native played three years at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn where he swarmed opposing quarterbacks en route to his 13 sacks and 132 total tackles before transferring to T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, GA for his senior year where he registered nine sacks and 61 tackles. The Benedict College graduate (16 ½ sacks and 78 tackles during 1999-2002) has most recently been playing for the Asheville Grizzlies of the NAFL where his aggressive play earned him 22 ½ sacks, 100 tackles, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and three touchdowns in just two seasons (2004-2005).

"Deshon has incredible strength, if we can keep him healthy, I think he can have a breakout season for us," added Bennett. "As for Jeff, we just got a brief look at what he could do last season late in the year. He's a big guy who will fight for a spot on our squad."

With the three additions the Wolves 2007 training camp roster has reached 17, the limit when camp opens on March 12th is 35.

Don't miss another exciting action-packed season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007! For information on 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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