Storm Announces Opening Day Roster

Apr 1, 2017 Tampa Bay Storm

TAMPA BAY – With the end of training camp, the Tampa Bay Storm has announced the 24-man roster that will open the 2017 season versus the Cleveland Gladiators on Saturday, April 8.

“This season, training camp saw an influx of talent at every position,” said vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.  “A lot of tough decisions were made, but we believe that this is the best group of players to open the 2017 season. Our 30th in the Arena Football League.”

The 24-man roster is comprised of 17 veterans and seven rookies.  The team experienced a complete roster overhaul with only John Brown, Kendrick Ings, Dallas Jackson and Cortez Stubbs returning from 2016. The remaining 20 players are new for 2017.

The roster is headlined by several players returning from previous years including 2016 Offensive Player of the Year Joe Hills, All-Arena mac linebacker Dexter Jackson, quarterback Randy Hippeard, wide receivers Justin Hilton and Michael Lindsey, and center Raymond McNeil.

In addition, the team rounded out the roster with several All-Arena players that include Hills, Jackson, jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson, defensive lineman Caesar Rayford and former AFL Kicker of the Year Mark Lewis.

Here is the 24-man roster:

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Exp.

DOB

School

Chris Bonner

QB

6.6

235

R

7.20.93

CSU-Pueblo

John Brown

OL

6.1

285

1

6.26.88

Valdosta State

LaMark Brown

WR

6.3

225

2

7.5.89

Minnesota St. – Mankato

Antron Dillon

DL

6.5

270

5

6.7.85

North Alabama

Joe Hills

WR

6.4

220

5

10.2.87

Tennessee State

Justin Hilton

WR

6.1

195

1

12.8.88

Indiana State

Randy Hippeard

QB

6.3

205

4

12.6.85

UVA-Wise

Arthur Hobbs

DB

5.10

193

1

11.18.89

Nebraska-Kearney

Kendrick Ings

WR/KR

5.10

180

2

6.17.90

Miller Grove H.S. (GA)

Alvin Ray Jackson

JLB

6.1

200

6

9.29.80

Albany State

Dexter Jackson

MLB

6.2

285

6

3.19.88

Bethune-Cookman

Dallas Jackson

DB

5.10

190

R

11.20.93

Jacksonville State

Dave Lefotu

OL

6.3

320

R

3.25.92

Hawaii

Mark Lewis

K

5.11

195

12

3.25.79

Florida International

Monte Lewis

DL

6.4

250

2

10.14.88

Jacksonville State

Michael Lindsey

WR/KR

6.2

220

5

7.10.87

Northwest Mississippi

OJ Mau

DL

6.1

305

R

9.28.94

Gardner-Webb

Raymond McNeil

C

6.2

325

7

10.14.84

Fort Valley State

Jordan Miller

DL

6.1

335

1

2.1.88

Southern

Max Nacewicz

DL

6.2

255

R

6.5.93

Springfield

Caesar Rayford

DL

6.7

275

6

3.4.86

Washington

Damond Smith

DB

5.11

185

R

7.8.91

South Alabama

Cortez Stubbs

DB

5.9

180

3

8.16.88

Concordia

Jeremiah Warren

OL

6.3

325

R

9.20.87

South Florida

The team reassigned defensive backs Shaine Boyle, Qua Cox and Chris Pickett along with wide receiver Reese Wiggins.