Bandits announce four players for 2003 season
01/10/03 Bandits Press Release
Today the Sioux City Bandits of the National Indoor Football League are pleased to announce the second group of players that have been signed to play for the 2003 NIFL season. In November the Bandits signed Brad Ottis and John Gas to contracts. This group includes three veterans and one newcomer.
Dave Perrigo (Wide Receiver, Kick Returner and Running Back) will be back for his second season. Perrigo is a former 1st Team NAIA All-American from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. While at Northwestern Perrigo set the NAIA single season rushing record in the 2000 season. In the 2002 season Perrigo was second in the League with 3 kick off returns for touchdowns and scored 21 TD's which ranked in the top ten of the league. Coach Reinhardt is thrilled to get Perrigo back, "Dave Perrigo was one of our most popular players last year and is very versatile and one of our fastest if not the fastest player on our team, he will be a key player for us all season." Perrigo is a teacher in the Sergeant Bluff school system.
Marshall Byrd (Wide Receiver and Defensive Back) will be back for his second season with the Bandits. Byrd played the last four games of the 2002 season as a starting defensive back. Byrd has prior indoor experience with the Albany Firebirds of the Areana League. Byrd played his college football at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where he earned All-American honors.
Johnnie Ostermeyer (Wide Receiver) is back for his second season with Sioux City. The 2002 campaign was a breakout year for Ostermeyer. He was named to the NIFL All Division Team and the NIFL Pacific Conference All Star Team. Johnnie set a number of team receiving records in 2002, including 163 yards receiving in a game against the Tri-City on April 28 and 906 yards receiving in a season. Coach Reinhardt, "It seemed like whenever we needed a big catch last year John would come thru for us, he has great hands and runs perfect pass routes. We are thrilled to have him back for another year, because he did have some other teams contact him after his great 2002 season." Ostermeyer attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and is currently a teacher at Woodbury Central High School in Moville.
Lennard Byrd (Kick returner and wide receiver) is a first year player for the Bandits. He is a cousin of Marshall Byrd. Lennard attended Kingston High School in Kingston, NY where he was a three time all state player and holds the TD season record of 34.
The 2003 season will start on March 14 with a road game at LaCrosse , Wisconsin with the home opener scheduled on March 29 against Rapid City.