Wolves training camp on the horizon
The arenafootball2 league office announced that the Manchester Wolves, New Hampshire's professional af2 team, have been assigned OL/DL Jimmy Williams for the 2007 season.
Williams (6-3, 320), a Southwest Missouri State graduate, will enter his second season with the Wolves after helping make the offensive line one of the best in the league with just five sacks given up in 2006. The California native played in 16 of the 18 games during the 2006 season where he collected a team-high three blocked kicks to go along with his 11.5 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three pass break ups and one quarterback hurry on defense. In two games on offense Williams caught two passes for 15 yards and two touchdowns.
"Having Jimmy return to us is a huge addition," said Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett. "Jimmy is one of the best linemen in our league, he has size, athletic ability and he's a leader by example. He will be a big part of this team being successful in 2007."
Before joining the Wolves, Williams played for the now defunct San Diego Riptide of the af2. In 2005 for the Riptide Williams played in 10 games and tallied 11.5 total tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. The aggressive defensive tackle traveled around during his college career, playing two years at Pasadena City College where he earned All-American honors and helped lead his 10-1 team to a conference championship, then spent one year at Virginia Tech with quarterback and now Miami Dolphins wide receiver Marcus Vick, before finishing his senior year at Southwest Missouri State.
During the off season Williams lives in Chula Vista, California where he currently teaches at Hilltop Middle School.
"I'm ready for a big season and excited to continue where we left off last season," said Williams of the Wolves season ending five-game win streak before a tough 39-40 loss to the Florida Firecats in the second round of the af2 playoffs. "We're going to take that next step this year and bring that championship to Manchester."
The Manchester Wolves 2007 training camp starts on March 10 at Bedford's Rising Stars Sports Complex in Bedford, N.H. The Wolves currently have 32 of their possible 35 roster spots filled with the remaining vacancies, especially in the quarterback position, expected to be filled this week.
"We have just a couple of roster spots left," added Bennett. "We have a lot of talent coming back but I intend to give some new players a look. If they prove they belong, they'll be here."
Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007 which kicks off on the road on March 31, against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers! 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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