|March 23||vs Jacksonville||
|March 30||vs Cleveland||W 69-37|
|April 6||AT Utah||
|April 12||vs San Antonio||L 36-52|
|April 20||AT Orlando||
|April 27||AT Spokane||W 70-62|
|May 4||vs New Orleans||
|May 10||AT San Jose||L 34-64|
|May 18||AT Pittsburgh||
|May 25||vs Philadelphia||L 55-73|
|June 1||AT Iowa||
|June 8||vs Orlando||L 48-55|
|June 15||AT New Orleans||
|June 22||vs Chicago||L 49-50|
|July 6||vs Spokane||
|July 13||AT San Antonio||L 42-68|
|July 20||vs Pittsburgh||
|July 27||AT Jacksonville||7:00pm|
TAMPA, FL (Tampa Bay Storm Release) – The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce it will hold an open tryout Saturday, November 16 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum (401 Channelside Drive) with registration beginning at 8:00 AM and testing starting promptly at 9:00 AM.
“The Tampa Bay area has always been a hotbed for football talent,” said head coach Lawrence Samuels. “We are looking for those players that can help this team on the field and represent the Storm in a professional manner off the field.”
This one-day tryout is open to interested players. Many players that have attended open tryouts in the past have found success including Michael Lindsey, and Arena Football League Hall of Famers Stevie Thomas and George LaFrance.
Participants will be able to take part in drills that will be conducted on the team’s home field at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Tampa Bay Storm is the only team to conduct in-arena open tryouts, giving all players the ability to practice in game-like conditions.
The camp will be directed by Storm head coach Lawrence Samuels. The coaching staff will evaluate players in combine exercises such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard short shuttle and 20-yard L-drill as well as have their height and weight recorded. Immediately following the testing, participants will participate in position and one-on-one drills.
Interested players are encouraged to pre-register at www.tampabaystorm.com. Payment is $60 for those who register early and on-line. Pre-registration ends at noon on Friday, November 15.
Players can also register the morning of the open tryout. Payment is $70 for those that register the day of the open tryout. Payment must be made upon arrival and by cash or money order.
* The tryout will be conducted on turf (attendees should bring tennis shoes)
* Water will be provided
* First-aid will be available - trainer is not available for taping
* This is a non-contact camp, no need for shoulder pads or helmets.
* Players must be older than 19 and completed high school eligibility
* Must bring a form of I.D.
The Tampa Bay Storm acquired two-time ArenaBowl Champion Richard Clebert, announced vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch Tuesday. The team has also been assigned defensive lineman Uriah Grant and kicker Jose "Carlos" Lopez.
“As we continue through free agency it is our goal to create competition at every position to put the best team on the field,” said Gooch. “We believe these gentlemen have the skills necessary to help us succeed in the 2014 season.”
Clebert (6-foot, 300 lbs., South Florida) enters his fourth season in the Arena Football League, and his second stint with the Storm. The four year veteran brings with him two ArenaBowl Championships having won with the Spokane Shock in 2010 and the Jacksonville Sharks in 2011. Clebert spent part of 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.
Prior to turning pro, Clebert played four seasons at South Florida. He was a three year starter at the nose tackle position and started in 28-of-38 games for the Bulls. He finished his collegiate career with 66 total tackles, and 16.5 tackles for a loss including 4.5 sacks.
Grant (6-foot-1, 295 lbs., Mississippi) enters his first season with the Tampa Bay Storm. He started in 11-of-22 games for Ole Miss. In two seasons Grant tallied 51 total tackles, and nine tackles for a loss including six sacks. In 2012, he started on a defensive line that was ranked fourth in the nation in tackles for a loss and eleventh in sacks. Grant spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL).
Lopez (5-foot-10, 200 lbs., Middle Tennessee State) joins the Tampa Bay Storm for his first season in the Arena Football League. Lopez played in 12 games for the Blue Raiders and converted 17-of-22 field goals and was a perfect 36-of-36 on extra point attempts. He began his collegiate career at Carson-Newman University where he played in 34 games and converted 15-of-21 field goals and 124-of-130 extra points
After a season with the dreaded rival Amarri Jackson is back with the Storm, the team announced Tuesday.
In addition the offensive line received a needed boost with the addition of Raymond McNeil.
Here is the full press release from the Storm:
The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired wide receiver Amarri Jackson and offensive lineman Raymond McNeil in exchange for future considerations, announced vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch.
“We are happy to have Amarri back with the Storm,” said Gooch. “He has the ability to make an immediate impact on the field and will increase the overall level of competition within our receiving corps.”
Jackson (6-foot-5, 225 lbs., South Florida) returns to the Storm after spending the 2013 season with the Orlando Predators and the San Jose SaberCats, hauling in 44 passes for 603 yards and nine touchdowns. Jackson spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Storm, starting in 28-of-29 games and reeling in 202 receptions for 2,631 yards and 55 touchdowns. The 2011 season saw Jackson break Freddie Solomon’s franchise rookie record for most touchdowns in a season with 35 and most receptions in a season with 125.
The Sarasota, FL native played collegiately at the University of South Florida from 2005 to 2007. He played in 31 games with the Bulls, catching 70 passes for 891 yards and five touchdowns.
McNeil (6-foot-2, 310 lbs., Fort Valley State) joins the Storm after spending the entire 2013 season with the San Jose SaberCats.
“We entered the season with a plan to bolster the offensive line,” said Gooch. “Raymond has experience at the center position and we believe that he will help provide the necessary protection for our quarterbacks to be successful.”
Last season, McNeil started in 12-of-15 games on an offensive line that finished ranked fifth in sacks allowed with 20. He has four years of AFL experience having also spent time with the Milwaukee Mustangs, Utah Blaze and Spokane Shock. Prior to joining the AFL, McNeil earned All-af2 honors in 2008 and 2009 as a member of the Milwaukee Mustangs.
McNeil played collegiately at Fort Valley State (GA) where he was an All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. He would also go on to play in the Magnolia Gridiron Classic All-Star game.