The Lazio Marines American Football Team have finalized their 2015 imports!
Please welcome Defensive Lineman Corey Miller to the Lazio Marines! With 3-years starting experience for the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC), Miller finished the 2013 season with 36 tackles (28 solo), 7 tackles-for-loss, and 6.5 sacks. He was named the NCAA Defensive Player of the Week last November after breaking Reggie White’s 30-year single game sack record with 4.5 sacks against the Kentucky Wildcats. His 6.5 sacks on the season was the most of any Tennessee Volunteer since 2005 and he also led the team with 5 QB hurries.
He finished his career with 82 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 3 pass breakups, and 8 QB hurries. After the 2013 season, he was selected to play in the prestigious 2014 College All-Star Bowl. At his NFL Pro Day, Corey measured in at 6’3″, 258 lbs (191 cm/118 kg). He showed his speed running a 4.57 40 yard dash and his strength by doing 33 reps on bench press (225 lbs or 102 kg).
Corey joins QB Chas Dodd from Rutgers (Big Ten). Dodd played in 31 games (starting in 19) over four years with the Scarlet Knights. He finished his career with 4,079 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. He was named Big East All-Academic Team on three separate occasions and earned Big East Offensive Player of the week after throwing for 322 yards and 2 TD in a 27-24 win over Connecticut in 2010. He also set the Rutgers freshman record for touchdowns in a game when he threw for 335 yards and 4 TD against Cincinnati.
Adding these players to a coaching staff that features three Americans and a European coach with U.S. collegiate coaching experience, our management has made a statement that we intend to compete for the IFL championship in 2015. Go Marines!
When you start to think to continue your carrier in Football and why Italy?
I have always wanted to continue to play football. The opportunity to play came about when Tato contacted me and told me nothing but good things about Italy.
Let us know your position and your best attitude in football
I believe that in order to have the most success as a player you have to want to do the things that are not coachable such as; give your best effort, know your responsibility, and have the confidence, heart, and courage that you will do your best and perform at your best.
What you know about europe and the football across the ocean
I was not too familiar with how things were with football across the Ocean until I have been doing my research lately. I do know from conversations that I have had that football is something bigger across the Ocean than I have known it to be. And I am looking forward to the actual experience of it.
Tato Zamichieli is our Sport Director he found you, are you surprise when you receive the offer to come in Italy to play whit the Milano Seamen?
I was very surprised when I received the offer. Very happy as well since I have always wanted to continue to pursue a career in football.
Did you already start to talk with your future teammates?
Yes I have communicated with a lot of my teammates through facebook. They seemed as excited to have me as much as much as I am excited to come be part of the team. Looking forward to meeting and playing with them.
New adventure and a season to play in Milan, let us know your expectations
I expect to have a wonderful experience in a new culture and have memorable good times with good people.
Tell us your philosophy about football
Football is a team sport. It will always take a team to be close and care for one another as a unit in order to have success as a team. I believe it takes all the way from the coaches, players, fans, and organization to be on the same page as a whole, and support each other in order to have great success.
In USA the football is a religion, in Italy is a restarting feeling, fans and press they are curios, did you want to say something to increase the feeling with our supporter?
Football is a huge part of life coming from where I come from. It has always been a reflection of character. A lot of things seen by the way a person acts on the field has reflected the way the person is (Character wise) off of the field where I come from. The ones that gives effort all of the time and pay attention to detail (even the smallest of things) has had more success on and off of the field compared to the ones who do not.
Do you have something to say to your Teammate about you
I am an easy going person. Also very open to trying things and I am looking forward to getting to know you guys and having a great time. I look at you guys as family now. Can’t wait for the opportunity to meet!
Will see you in Milan when?
I expect to be there the first week of February immediately following the SuperBowl played here.
Did you know Joe Avezzano? Special team coach of Dallas Cowboys, 3 super Bowl Win, in the 2012 was the head coach of the team, was a great man and he die in Milan at 67
I have heard things about him. Heard that he was a great man and has had a successful career in football(Playing and coaching). He is the only three time winner of special teams coach of the year in the NFL. Having special men like that around in a great organization like this gives me more reason to be anxious for the new experience.
Thanks Justin see you in two months in Milan
Eric Marty knows. You won’t see those words printed on a -Tshirt,
quarterback makes one himself, but he does know what goes on in American football, European style. Having twice lost to the Parma Panthers in the Italian Super Bowl (2011 as a member of the Bologna Warriors, 2012 as a Catania Elephants), he knows what is at the root of the Panthers’ success: as he tweeted in the aftermath of Parma’s 51-28 win over the Milano Seamen in Super Bowl XXXIII on Saturday, which gave the defending champions their fourth consecutive title: Bingo. The hallmark of a truly great organization, indeed. Andrew Papoccia has now coached the Panthers to four titles in seven years, helping them turn around the pathetic perception that they could not win the Big One (how does that reputation look now?), after heartbreaking Super Bowl losses in 2006 and 2007 to powerhouse Bergamo Lions.
He did it by sticking to his principles and minimizing the effect of the 2011 transition from an American to an Italian quarterback, then 20-year old Tommaso Monardi. When the Panthers president, Ivano Francesco Tira, made that dramatic decision, few were willing to give him credit: many insiders believed he made that change because he felt he could afford to go through a transitional period once he’d won a title at last in 2010 with Joe Craddock under center; in fact, Tira was merely looking to improve his team, which duly happened. Monardi was still eligible to play for the youth team at the time, but barely skipped a beat in his first season as a starter and now has three Super Bowl titles in as many years, although the Mvp award has always eluded him as each time a teammate seemed to do something more outrageous and striking: it was the Alessandro Malpeli-Avalli/Ryan Christian running back combo stealing the limelight away from the soft-spoken but hard-willed Monardi this time, with a dominating rushing performance owed in part to the Panthers great offensive line. Malpeli Avalli, himself only 22, rushed for 156 yards in 20 carriers – finishing with 247 all-purpose yards – while his teammate, and former TCU utility man, had 171 in 16. Monardi’s 10 touchdown passes, all of them pinpoint strikes to Tommaso Finadri (2), Jared Karstetter and Christian, almost became an afterthought in the light of Parma’s 331 total rushing yards, which helped them establish a 26:47 to 21:13 possession margin, although most of it came as they ran out the clock in the second half.
The tone for the game was set on the second play from scrimmage: having elected to go long on first down, only for Seaman qb Blake Bolles’ target to slip and fall before he even had a chance to shift gears, they chose a running play next, but ball carrier Flavio Piccinni, who replaced the injured Danilo Bonaparte, was stripped of the pigskin by Karstetter and the ball was recovered by the Panthers’ Matteo Reverberi on the Seamen 29. Monardi found Finadri from 11 yards out for the opening td, and while the Milan side struck back immediately on a 31-yard pass from Bolles to Stefano Di Tunisi, the Seamen always looked to be on the back foot, and one big play away from breaking down.
Monardi threw another td pass – a 51-yarder this time – to Finadri only 2′ later, and after the ball changed possession on consecutive interceptions, the latter giving the Seamen a first down on their own 6-yard line, Bolles was tackled in the end zone by Simone Bernardoni – the 2013 IFL Mvp as a defensive lineman this season – for a safety . Monardi found Christian on a fade route from 13 yards out to make it 23-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Seamen kept battling and scored on a 51-yard pass from Bolles to Lorenzo Vezzoli who made it 23-13 (the 1-point try was blocked) but it took the Panthers all of two plays, runs of 34 yards by Christian and 41 by Malpeli Avalli, to increase their lead to 30-13. Another 51-yard pass from Bolles to Di Tunisi, after a rare mistake by the excellent Parma special team on a punt gave the Seamen a first down at midfield, made it 30-20 3’02” before halftime, but the Seamen let the chance to get some rest with only a 10-point deficit slip away by allowing the Panthers to go 60 yards in 2’21”, Monardi scoring a rare td on a 5-yard scramble for a 37-20 halftime lead. When Parma took the second half kickoff to their own 32 yard line then had a time-consuming 68-yard drive capped by a 11-yard Monardi-Karstetter pass, making it 44-20, it was clear to everyone inside the stadium, and those watching at home on Eurosport, that as far as the outcome, the game was over.
The Panthers increased their lead to 31 (51-20) on another td run, this time a Christian 54-yarder, and the Seamen only put points on the board on a 36-yard catch and run by Jeff Souder with 3’33” to go, before the Panthers ran out the time, while missing the unfortunate Karstetter, who had broken his forearm while making a tackle early in the final quarter.
It was title number four for the Panthers, and that old sage Marty tweeted a few hours later, “Italians better figure it out and find a team that can knock them off the throne”: judging by their celebrations, Parma will not rest on their laurels and stop working, feeling they’re so much better than anyone else they will not need to work harder than ever.
As for the Seamen, they did not expect to be in the Super Bowl – beautifully organized in all details by the Aquile Ferrara and the local organizing committee – but once they got there, and deservedly so, they went for it. Their defense, which had been the IFL’s worst yard-wise and had allowed 387 and 349 yards to the Panthers in two runaway regular season losses, gave up 494 on the night, frustrated by the opponents’ ability to run the ball and find creases in a backfield in which Shawn Abuhoff, who had been voted the IFL’s best foreign player, was perhaps too worried about Karstetter’s receiving threat to be able to help.
They now go into the long offseason with a better knowledge of themselves and their potential. It’s up to them and their enthusiastic top brass to make sure this was not a one time chance.
Author: Roberto Gotta
Fort Collins, CO – The Colorado Ice are proud to announce the signings of former Oakland Raider Mario Henderson and Hofstra graduate Mike Trice, Jr.
Henderson is a 6’7”, 350 lb offensive lineman from Florida State University, who was rated as the 12th best offensive tackle prospect in the 2007 draft class. Henderson was one of the highest rated offensive linemen in the draft, leading to him being selected in the 3rd round (Pick 27, Overall Pick 91) by the Oakland Raiders. Henderson spent the 2007-2010 seasons with the Raiders; playing in 43 games and starting in 28. Over his final two seasons, Henderson started in 23 games for the Raiders.
While at Florida State, Henderson played in 28 games, starting in 15 of those contests. Henderson received a great amount of recognition before, during, and after his senior season; on the national and conference levels. Henderson’s combination of size, athleticism, and experience will be relied upon to help pave the way for the explosive skilled players on the Ice offense.
Trice is a 6’6”, 365 lb offensive lineman from Hofstra University. During his time at Hofstra, Trice played in 38 games, starting in 33 of those contests. Trice proved his versatility throughout his time at Hofstra as he started more than 10 games at two different positions. After his senior season, Trice was listed as one of the top small school prospects in the 2010 NFL draft due to his size, power, and experience.
Trice’s sheer size and ability drew attention from numerous scouts after his senior season; eventually landing him with the Trenton Steel of the SIFL. Trice was a key cog in the Steel offensive line; helping lead them to a playoff appearance in their inaugural season. Trice’s size and experience will be counted on to provide a dominate force up front for the Ice offensive line.
The Colorado Ice are proud members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). All home games are played on Majestic Roofing Field at the Budweiser Events Center located in Loveland, Colorado. 2012 Season Ticket information is available by contacting the Colorado Ice offices at (970) 472-0128. More information can be found atwww.thecoloradoice.com.