The Grizzlies will have another veteran quarterback on the roster as they signed Jonathan Bane. Bane has a extensive arena football background and is a veteran in the arena game.
Bane played at Rogers High School in Minnesota. He wound up transferring due to a disagreement with the athletic director and head coach about how players should be treated. He transferred to Temple High School, where he was ruled ineligible for varsity sports for his senior season.
He did not play varsity till the final game of his senior season, but did play on the junior varsity (JV) team.
Bane went to Trinity Valley Community College, but did not play his freshman season because he was in a car accident that made him struggle to walk. He completed 744 of 1,360 passes for a school record 9,224 yards and 83 touchdowns during his college career.
Bane set school records for passing yards in a game with 457, longest pass in a game with 99 yards and most passing yards in a season with 2,817. He also earned Second Team All- GPAC honors in 2011 and Honorable Mention All-GPAC accolades in 2012 and 2013.
In his first arena season, he played with the Richmond Raiders. He was named the PIFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2015 after completing 221 passes for 2,759 yards and 55 touchdowns for the Raiders. He made his Arena Football League debut on April 1, 2016 for the Tampa Bay Storm against the Orlando Predators in relief of starter Adam Kennedy. He completed five of eight passes for 65 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Bane made his first career AFL start on May 1, 2016, completing 21 of 38 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns in a 33–27 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks. After being let go by the Storm, he was on two other arena teams (Colorado Crush, Bismarck Bucks), but didn’t do anything with the teams.
Bane has a extensive arena background. His experience can help this new and hungry Grizzlies team. High Country is making one big sign after another. Teams facing the Grizzlies this season should be careful. They look like they’re going to have a strong season.