Storm adds to defense and offense

Jan 24, 2017 Tampa Bay Storm


TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired rookie defensive lineman Max Nacewicz and wide receiver Reese Wiggins announced team vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.

“Max is an intense player that has a high motor,” said Gooch. “After reviewing the film, we could tell he can disrupt an offense and that is what we hope to see once he hits the field.”

Nacewicz (6-foot-2, 255 lbs., Springfield) joins the Storm for his rookie season in the Arena Football League.  The Sandy Hook, CT native played collegiately at Springfield College.  He appeared in 42 games for the Pride, earning Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year honors after his senior season, a year in which he finished with 104.0 tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and three pass breakups.

A two-time All-American, Nacewicz holds school records for most career sacks (34.0) and most career tackles for loss (57.0).  He finished his collegiate career with 302.0 tackles, 57.0 tackles for loss, 34.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass breakups, an interception and a blocked kick.

The team also acquired wide receiver Reese Wiggins.

Wiggins (5-foot-11, 185 lbs., East Carolina) enters his rookie season in the AFL with the Storm. 

“Reese is a speedy receiver that can cause problems for defenses,” said Gooch.  “We’re looking forward to seeing him compete in training camp.”

A Durham, NC native, he played collegiately at East Carolina, starting in 23-of-36 contests.  He finished his career with the Pirates with 80 catches for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns, earning All-Conference USA honors following his senior season.

Wiggins began his professional career in 2014 when he signed with the New England Patriots of the National Football League as an undrafted rookie agent.  He would also spend time with the Detroit Lions.