The Quad City Steamwheelers Professional Indoor Football Team is gearing up for not only a return to the Quad Cities, but the efforts to bring home a 3rd National Championship. This kind of effort takes a lot of focus on recruiting of former division 1 and NFL caliber talent. The Steamwheeler staff has been working non-stop since the opening of free agency on Oct 1st.
The Steamwheelers are proud to announce the signing of Running Back Tyler Williams, a 2017 member of the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the IFL, who lead the league in Total Yards. He is an explosive player in multiple facets of the game. "This guy has it all, stop and go speed, he's patient, creates openings, makes guys miss, you name it, he can do it, he's that much of a versatile player," said Head Coach, Cory Ross.
Tyler Williams played Division 1 football at the University of Akron and was signed by the Wichita Nighthawks of the IFL where he was named the IFL special teams player of the year and broke the IFL record of 2,554 all purpose yards along with being named 2nd Team All League at running back. Williams accounted for 29 TD’s for the season, 17 Rushing, 9 Receiving, 2 Kick Returns and 1 fumble recovery for a score.
2017 Highlights of Tyler Williams: https://youtu.be/nscEHbo2y1s
"This young man is a game changer, he's a guy that gives our team and our fans that vote of confidence every time he touches the ball," stated Steamwheelers Owner, Doug Bland. Coach Ross explained, "we held an open tryout back in October and signed some really solid and explosive regional players. We have a camp roster we need to fill in preparation for the season and we are recruiting like crazy to bring the best talent available to camp." He added, "you bring in the best, and everyone responds to give their best."
Currently the Steamwheelers have signed 30 players to bring into camp. Training camp will begin on February 10th 2018 with a final roster set by February 26th 2018. The season kicks off on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 with a 2:05pm kickoff against the Illinois Renegades, the teams only Sunday game.
About the Quad City Steamwheelers: The Steamwheelers are a proud member of the Champions Indoor Football League and will be competing for the Champions Bowl during the 2018 season. The home game action will take place at the TaxSlayer Center (formerly iWireless) and kicks off on Sunday Feb 25th against the Illinois Renegades, Bismarck Bucks on March 23rd, Kansas City Phantoms on March 31st , Sioux City Bandits on April 21st, Wichita Force on May 12th, Omaha Beef on May 19th and Dallas Marshals come to town on June 9th. Group and Season Tickets are on sale now. Contact the Steamwheelers at (309) 517-2019. For more information and a complete list of the teams home and away schedule log on to the teams website at www.SteamwheelersFootball.com