On Tuesday, vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch the Tampa Bay Storm announced the acquisition of two rookies to the team’s roster, defensive lineman Max Nacewicz and wide receiver Reese Wiggins.
Nacewicz (6’2″, 255 lbs.) joins Tampa Bay for his rookie season in the Arena Football League. The Sandy Hook, CT, native appeared in 42 games at Springfield College. In his time with the Pride, Nacewicz earned Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior, racking up 104.0 tackles (16.0 for loss), 7.0 sacks, and three pass breakups.
A two-time All-American, Nacewicz holds school records in career sacks (34.0) and tackles for loss (57.0). He finished with 302.0 total tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six pass breakups, an interception, and a blocked kick in his college career.
“Max is an intense player that has a high motor,” said Gooch. “After reviewing the film, we could tell he can disrupt an offense and that is what we hope to see once he hits the field.”
Reece Wiggins (5’11”, 185 lbs) also enters his rookie season in the AFL with the Storm.
A Durham, NC, native, Wiggins played collegiately at East Carolina, starting in 23 of 36 games as a Pirate. He finished his career with 80 catches for 1,012 yards and eight scores, earning All-Conference USA honors as a senior. Wiggins began his professional career in the NFL as an undrafted free agent. The New England Patriots signed him in 2014, and he also spent time with the Detroit Lions.
“Reese is a speedy receiver that can cause problems for defenses,” said Gooch. “We’re looking forward to seeing him compete in training camp.”