They say defense wins championships; well the Maniacs are looking to win a championship.
"We will create a blueprint of size, speed, and experience in building that championship team, and these picks are the start of that team" Rob Holmes Director of football Operations MD. Maniacs.
ATCHESON CONWAY DB - Bowie State University 6'0" 205 lbs
In 2008 started 4 games for the Baltimore Mariners. In 2007 played for the Albany Conquest and started all 16 games. Lead the team in tackling and pass break ups with 96tks and 18pbu. And finished second in interceptions with 5. In 2006 played for the New York Dragons of the Arenafootball League. Due to an injury he was only able to start one game. In that game he had 9tks and 2pbu. Conway college career speaks for itself; he was a 3-year team captain, he was 4 time All-CIAA 2 years at MLB and 2 at SS. He was a 3 time Black College All-American and was named 2001 CIAA & 2001 DII Rookie of the Year.
JASON CRAWFORD LB/FB -Maryland 6'2" 230 lbs
Played for 2001 ACC champions MD TERPS Saw action in seven games as a true freshman finished the year fourth on the team in rushing with 146 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns ... averaged a solid 4.1 yards per carry ... (vs. TSU) carried the ball 13 times for a career-high 47 yards ... also scored a touchdown on a three-yard run ... (vs. Duke) rushed seven times for 25 yards ... also caught one pass for seven yards ... the seven-yard reception was that championship Crawford's first career catch ... (vs. EMU) rushed for 38 yards on eight carries ... scored his first career touchdown from two yards out. Crawford has 2 years of indoor football experience. He played 2007 with the Chesapeake Tide of the CIFL, were Jason played several positions such as DE, LB, and FB and was a key component to the Tide's playoff team. He played 2008 with the Baltimore Mariners of the AIFA.
CLAY POWELL DB 6'2" 205lbs- Howard University, 2 yrs indoor experience, in '07 the Ft. Wayne Fusion of the AF2 and in '08 the Chesapeake Tide of the CIFL.
JEFF OVERTON DB 5'9" 180 lbs DB/KR- P.W. Monarchs (VA), and Chesapeake Tide- Jeff Overton was the 2008 Chesapeake Tide Special Team Player of The Year. He led the team with 47 returns for 965 yds. Averaging 20.53 yds per return & 5TDs. He also returned 5 missed field goals for 192 yds Averaging 38.4 yds per return and 1 Td for 51 yards.
The Maniacs also sign two to the offense side of the ball, in Daryl Overton Jr RB/WR, and Robert Henning OL.
Darryl Overton Montgomery CC 6'0" 206lbs RB played for the Chesapeake Tide in 2007 and was the 2008 Chesapeake Tide Offensive Player of The Year and Team MVP. He led the team in rushing with 52 carries for 254 yards with 7 TD's and led the team in receiving with 46 receptions for 479 yards and 9 TD's.
Robert Henning 6'2" 301 lbs was a solid two-year starter with the Chesapeake Tide and will be a major plus on the OL.
Rounding out the seven is Kicker JUSTIN WILLIS 5'8" 204lbs Navy -Chesapeake Tide
"Our roster is shaping up nicely with a lot of veterans of the indoor game. We expect each one of these players to be major contributors this upcoming season. Matthew Steeple Head Coach of the Maryland Maniacs.