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July 27, 2006 -

AUDIO: Offensive and Defensive Line Preview!!!

Omaha, NE -The Sioux Falls Storm offensive line has protected quarterback Terrance Bryant all season long. Bryant has had to sit minimal plays as he is has arguably the best protection in the UIF. Leading the O-Line is center, John Semchenko. Semchenko was selected to the first team All-UIF this season and his counter part, Nate Scheuer, was selected to second team. The team anchors on the offensive line have been together for three seasons and were joined this year with Osaro Kyles. The three have allowed the least amount of sacks with Bryant only being taken down 10 times this season.

Eddie Eviston also has one of the league’s best protecting him in Mike Madrazzo. Madrazzo was also selected to the first team all-star list. His two teammates, Bryan Stallings and Richard Deutch, were just nudged out of the running for an all-star selection. The three big men have made holes all season long for RB Derek Homer to run through and give the team the third best running offense in the UIF. They are just behind the Storm with sacks given up with Eviston going down 12 times.

On the opposite side of the ball, the Storm defensive line is as good as it gets. As a team, they have made 34 sacks for a loss of 186-yards. Defensive end, Nate Fluit was named the UIF’s 2006 Defensive Player of the Year and for a good reason. Fluit has totaled 16.5 sacks this season and 24.5 tackles for a loss that total almost 110 yards. Nate also had 9 blocked kicks this season. His teammate, Austin Flyger, had his hand in a large majority of those 34 sacks by taking the quarterback 10 times this season. The tandem combined for 101 tackles on the year. Others helping on the D-Line is rookie, Corey Johnson-Lehr at the nose, who came up with 8 tackles for a loss this season and 24.5 total tackles. Roy Williams also had 22.5 tackles and 3 sacks this year. The Storm defensive line had the second best rushing defense this season by only allowing 880-yards on the ground.

The Horsemen defensive line is led by Jamal Naji who had 10 sacks for a loss of 44 yards this season. His teammate, Ellery Moore, was eighth in the UIF with 15 tackles for a loss that totaled up 49 yards. Moore was fifth on the Horsemen roster with 41 total tackles this season and also had seven quarterback hits. Joining them on the line Sylvester Peoples, who had 10.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks this season. Peoples also made it in for one blocked kick and one safety this season. The Horsemen defensive line was third in the UIF in rushing defense only allowing 953 yards this season.

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