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Barnstormers Begin Building 2016 Roster

08/27/2015 3:30 PM -

Barnstormers Begin Building 2016 Roster
Iowa Announces First Roster Transactions

DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League (IFL) have begun recruiting for the 2016 season. Head Coach Joe Brannen has announced the re-signing of several players and the addition of two rookies to the team’s 2016 training camp roster.

The Iowa Barnstormers have re-signed thirteen players from last season’s roster including Second Team All-IFL selection Brady Roland. One of the League’s top performing receivers will return to the Barnstormers offense with teammates Lemans Casimier (WR), Lucas Hefty (WR), Ranier Rackley (RB), Taylor Genuser (QB), Tyler Ahrens (OL), and Will Harris (OL).

Defensive linemen Brett Park and Ryan Smith along with defensive backs Matt Goldsmith, TJ Simmons, and Kelvin Gilkey have joined the Barnstormers defense for a second season. Additionally, the Barnstormers have re-signed kicker Joshua Gable.

New to the Barnstormers this season will be defensive back Mike Early and offensive lineman Rocco Manfre. Early (6-0, 195, University of Arkansas-Monticello) played collegiate football for the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he was a standout on defense and special teams. In 2014, he ranked second in the Great American Conference in passes defended (12) and grabbed four interceptions for over 100 return yards.On special teams, Early ranked first in the conference and 25th in the nation in kickoff return yards.

Manfre (6-4, 310, Marist College) was a Second Team All-PFL athlete at Marist College where he saw action at left guard and also left tackle. The New Jersey native participated in the team’s first Pro Day and was invited to play in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl (2013).

Season tickets for the 2016 Iowa Barnstormers season are now available! For as low as $80 per seat, fans can enjoy the same great location each game in addition to merchandise discounts and a ticket to the annual end-of-the-season party. Call the Barnstormers at 515-633-2255 to purchase your season tickets today!

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