FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Columbus Lions announced the signing of two wide receivers and two defensive linemen Thursday.
The Lions inked receivers Maurice Dupree (5-foot-10, 187 pounds) and Krishna Muhammad (6-3, 215). Dupree was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection while setting several school records at Jacksonville State. He had signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL as a free agent. Muhammad had 23 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns last year as a senior at Clark-Atlanta.
Defensive end Josh Beard (6-1, 255) signed with the Lions last season but instead chose to continue playing for the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush. Beard was a third-team Associated Press All-American at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Defensive tackle James Taylor (6-2, 290) comes to the Lions after playing with Beard at-Chattanooga, where Taylor started 23 games.
The Southern Indoor Football League season begins in March with the Lions defending their 2010 championship.