Cedar Rapids, IA: A week following the team’s first open tryouts, the Cedar Rapids Titans bulked up the team’s 2012 roster. The Titans reached agreement with five players from the workout, including former University of Northern Iowa OL Adam Pinckney and former Iowa State WR Nick Campbell. The 6’3″, 280-pound Pinckney played for the Panthers from 2006-2010. Along with football, Pinckney also participated in Northern Iowa’s track and field program. Campbell a 6’3″, 210-pound Marion native graduated from Iowa State in 2006 after being named Special Teams Player of the Year for the 2006 season.
long with Campbell and Pinckney, the Titans also signed former Wayne State RB/WR Travis Rhone. Rhone listed at 6- foot 209lbs finished his Wayne State career in 2009 with 2183 yards along with 24 touchdowns. Following his college career, Rhone spent time with the Wenatchee Valley Venom where he started in 12 games leading the AIFA in rushing and finishing 3rd in touchdowns. Rounding out the signings from the workouts, the team also added Cedar Rapids local’s 6’0″, 225lbs DE/LB Kameron Beets and 6’3″, 245lbs DB Detavious Parker.
“Our goal was to find some local talent at our workout and I think we did just that,” said Titans General Manager Chris Kokalis. “Out of the 74 attendees, we definitely found some diamonds in the rough.” The Titans plan on holding additional workouts in the coming months and details on those workouts will be made available at the team’s website, www.cedarrapidstitans.com .
The Titans also added two IFL veterans including RB Bernard Payton II and QB Chad Schmigel. Payton II, a Malone College graduate, was named to the NAIA All-American First Team following his senior season in which he rushed for 1,637 yards, compiled 570 yards receiving and produced 24 touchdowns. Payton’s junior season resulted in NAIA All-American Second Team honors after rushing for 955 yards to go along with 535 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6’0 210-pound Payton spent the 2010 season with the Bloomington Extreme where he led the team in all purpose yards with 843 to go along with his team leading 15 touchdowns.
The 6’1 205-pound Schmigel has four years of Indoor Football League experience under his belt spending the majority of his career with the Omaha Beef.