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Storm Bolster Both Sides of the Ball

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Storm announced three signings to the roster: wide receiver LaMark Brown, offensive lineman Dave Lefotu, and defensive back Shaine Boyle.

Brown (6’4″, 225 lbs.) is the latest player to make the journey across I-4, having spent the last two seasons with the Orlando Predators. In eight games in 2016 (seven starts), Brown caught 41 passes for 492 yards and five scores. In his career, Brown has played 19 games (14 starts), catching 81 passes for 981 yards and 13 touchdowns. Also spending time on defense, Brown has a total of 21.0 career tackles and a fumble recovery.

As vice president of football operations, Jeff Gooch said:

“LaMark is a playmaker. He embraced his role with the Predators last season and we hope to see him expand his game with the Storm.  We’re looking forward to seeing him get out there and compete on the field.”

A native of Hazelwood, MO, Brown played collegiately at Minnesota State – Mankato, and began his professional career in 2012 with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, who signed him as an undrafted free agent rookie.

To give their quarterbacks some protection, the Storm also signed Dave Lefotu, who has experience with various other indoor leagues. Lefotu (6’3″, 320 lbs.), a native of Waipahu, HI, enters his rookie season with Tampa Bay after 44 appearances (24 starts) in four seasons at the University of Hawai’i, where he won the Western Athletic Conference Championship in 2010.

“Dave brings a big body to the offensive line,” said Gooch.  “We struggled to protect our quarterback last season and felt we needed to address those issues.  We believe that Dave fits that need.”

Finally, to add some strength to the secondary, the Storm signed Shaine Boyle. Boyle (5’10”, 190 lbs) will play for his third AFL team in his three-year career, starting with the LA KISS in 2015 before spending 2016 with the Portland Steel. Last season, Boyle made eight appearances (all starts) for Portland, finishing third on the team with 38.0 tackles. A two-way player, Boyle added a half tackle for loss, an interception, a pass breakup, two fumble recoveries, and returned 20 kickoffs for 492 yards and three scores.

“Shaine is a welcome addition to the Storm,” said Gooch.  “He played for Coach James last season and will help bolster our backfield.”

In his career, the Hahnville, LA, native as 74.5 total tackles (2.0 for loss), three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and the interception and two fumble recoveries from 2016.

After playing at the College of the Desert (CA), Boyle played his senior season at Faulkner. He played nine games, tallying 38.0 tackles for loss and two interceptions.

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