The Saginaw Sting held their second, and last, open try-out for the 2013 season roster this past Saturday. The try-out was held at the Perani Arena in Flint and over 40 prospects from across the country came to showcase their talents. Each player was physically tested in a number of drills put on by the Saginaw Sting staff.
player presented their skills in front of head coach Fred Townsend and
his coaching staff. At the end of the day, 21 players were invited to
training camp in January. This brings the training-camp total to 29
players competing for open roster spots during camp. The Sting also
signed on two players, Nate Samas and Andre McCauley, to join the Sting
roster for the 2013 season.
Samas played quarterback in 2012 for the Evansville Rage. Fred Townsend
reminisced on last year's season contest against the Rage. "When we
played against him last year, I felt he was one of the top quarterbacks
in the league. He is a dual threat, and he was the hardest quarterback
to prepare for last year because of his ability to run."
McCauley played for the Troy Fighting Irish in upstate New York, a
member of the Northeastern Football Alliance. Playing as a receiver and
running back for the Irish he went on to earn the NFA Sunshine Bowl Game
MVP in 2011 and 2012. He will play with the Irish against the Western
Michigan Force in the USFA National Championship Game January 19th, 2013
in Los Angeles, CA.
Townsend was really excited to see Andre's performance at the try-out.
"I believe he will be as exciting as C.J. Tarver on the field. He will
be one of our top players this year, being utilized in many different
positions. I can't wait to see him run the football."
additional players invited to camp from the December 15th tryout
include: Daryl Gooden, Antwon Simmons, James Falls, Calvin Pureifoy,
Brant Brooks, Jeffrey Brush, Joe Makowski, Shuan Hladki, Ryan Kantola,
Kyle Zabel, Ryan Janer, Jakendall Brown, Joshua Federspiel, James Bandy,
Breck Chandler, Michael LeGrow, Damion Horton, Loren Wiechmann and
Sting's home opener is February 8th at The Dow Event Center with a
7:30PM kickoff. Single game tickets will go on sale January 3rd and
start at only $10. Season tickets are on sale now and are available at
The Dow Box Office or by calling 989.759.1330.