By Matt Popchock
Pittsburgh Power head coach Chris Siegfried was already well aware of former Aliquippa great Mike Washington before the team held its first-ever open tryout last fall. That event, which attracted quite a few former football players with western Pennsylvania ties, obviously told Siegfried whatever else he needed to know.
During the team’s inaugural season in the Arena Football League, Washington let his play do the rest of the talking. “The Joystick” emerged as one of the top rookies in the league, and led the Power in catches, receiving yardage, and receiving touchdowns.
Sufficed to say, the decision to re-sign Washington was not a difficult one for the Power, who, on Tuesday afternoon, formally announced his return to Pittsburgh for the 2012 season. Siegfried caught up with 93.7 The Fan for a one-on-one chat Tuesday to discuss that, and the other move announced earlier in the day–the return of defensive back Bryan Williams, an indoor football veteran who joined the team shortly before the end of the past season.
Siegfried also confirmed to us that another former WPIAL Class AA star, quarterback Bill Stull, will return this approaching season, but Bernard Morris, who was the Power’s starting QB for the majority of the 2011 season, will not.
Hear what else the Power’s head coach had to say about the off-season, including which other Aliquippa alum is expected to play for the Power once again, what the process of recruiting new players has been like, and a look ahead to the open tryout the team will soon hold:
That tryout will take place at Southpointe Fieldhouse in Canonsburg Sat., Oct. 1. Details are available on the Pittsburgh Power’s website.
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