In terms of pick-ups, this week was a huge one for the Columbus Lions, who managed to re-sign kicker Trey Crum, who played for the Lions last season and was named the 2010 SIFL Special Teams Player of the Year.
Crum began the season with the Mobile Bay Tarpons, but was cut and chose to sign with the Lions. No word on his exact situation yet, but if it’s the same as last year, he’s driving to the games from his family’s home in Louisiana. Last season, Crum led the SIFL with 143 points and 24 unos. I would like to tell you how he's done this season, but the Tarpons have not uploaded their stats to the SIFL site.
Another big Lions addition, literally, is Jacob Phillips, a 6-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Belhaven who previous played for the af2’s New Orleans Voodoo. I mentioned on a previous blog that the Lions had picked up former Florida OL/DL Mo Mitchell, but Lions coach Jason Gibson said he isn’t ready to use him just yet.
Back from injury is defensive lineman Derrick Crawford, who had a thigh bruise.
And onto the injured reserve list is wide receiver Maurice Dupree. To make up for that, however, Gibson said he has signed af2 vet and former Alabama State receiver Brandon Horace.
Gibson is trying to downplay Saturday’s Southern Division game at the Albany Panthers in exchange for some late-season success, but there’s no doubt this is a big game for both teams in terms of a young but heated rivalry and as an early season measuring stick.
Finally, the Lions are still looking to fill their April 16 home game after the Lafayette Wildcatters folded for the season. Lions managing partner John Hargrove told me he is trying to schedule an SIFL team for that date and hopes to have something in place early next week.
Saturday’s game starts at 7:30. Live audio coverage begins at 7:20 p.m. at columbuslions.net.