Storm Returning Key Receivers
Oates (6’3”, 180lbs) will be entering his second season with the Storm. Oates will look to build on last year’s performance in which he tallied 111 receiving yards, recorded one touchdown, and averaged 15.9 yards per catch. The California native played his collegiate career at the University of Sioux Falls and was a highly valued player. As a senior Oates earned All-NSIC First Team honors and was also selected for the Don Hansen NCAA II Super Region Three Team. Oates averaged 133.1 all-purpose yards per game as a senior, which was the sixth-best mark in the NSIC and also placed him 45th in the country.
Blake Wilson (5’10” 185lbs) proved to be a reliable weapon last season as he accumulated 183 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, and averaged 10.2 yards per catch. Wilson will be entering his fourth season with the Storm. Blake played collegiately at Southwest Minnesota State University where he was a standout at the slot position.
Currently, there are five additions to the 2014 Storm receiving corps. Michael Johnson (5’8”, 178 lbs) played for the UNLV Rebels. Throughout his career, Johnson recorded 94 receptions for 1055 yards and six touchdowns.
Michael Lemon (6’0”, 195 lbs) attended Willamette University and played for the UIFL Eastern Kentucky Drillers. Lemon was a dual-threat in college both through the air and on the ground. After playing two years at Linfield College, Lemon proved to be a great fit for the Willamette offense.
Jameze Massey (5’8”, 170 lbs), a native of North Carolina, played collegiately at Winston-Salem State. Most recently, Massey played in the CFL and was a part of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Joining his former teammate Massey will be Jahuann Butler (6’0”, 195lbs). Butler also attended Winston-Salem State after transferring from Fayetteville State in 2010. Jahuann finished his senior year leading the conference in every statistic except receptions. Butler finished his career at Winston-Salem with 91 receptions, 1954 yards, and 20 total touchdowns.
Judd Harold (6’5”, 225lbs) will also be joining the Storm after spending last season with the Omaha Beef of the CPIFL. Harold proved to be a valuable weapon for the Beef in 2013, playing in all 13 games where he accumulated 506 yards, averaged 11.2 yards per catch and tallied 10 touchdowns.
Storm Season kicks off on February 21st at the Sioux Falls Arena.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Storm