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Another SEC product inks with Lions

By: Matthew Hester 
Columbus Lions Indoor Football League
Media Relations Director 
COLUMBUS, GA – The defending Southern Indoor Football League champion Columbus Lions continued their recent trend of signing former SEC products by plucking linebacker/defensive end Marcus Washington formally of the University of Georgia.

Washington (6'0 260, LB) makes the fourth former member to sign with the Lions in as many months after spending his collegiate career in the highly regarded SEC.  The previous three included Dustin Doe (LB), Marikhe Anderson (DB), and Wondy Pierre-Louis (DB) all of whom attended the University of Florida.

Marcus appeared in over 33 games for the Bulldogs including six starts in 2007 gathering a career high 40 tackles on way to guiding the Georgia defense to the 2008 Sugar Bowl.  Washington didn't live the prototypical college life as when he wasn't spending his time between the hedges he was busy being a father and husband.

Before he could even sign his letter of intention to UGA, the native of Keysville, GA became a father in October of his senior season in high school. A day in the college- life of Marcus consisted of being at work by 7 a.m. and at school by 10:30 with classes lasting from 11 until 2 and then it's on to practices which usually lasted till 7 p.m. From there it was on to his tutors for help with classes then finally making it home at around 10 p.m.  Now the father of two and married to his high-school sweetheart Selecia, Marcus will be vying for a starting position on Columbus squad looking to replace a number of starters coming off the number one scoring defense in the SIFL.

The defending champs also made a splash this week by signing kicker Austin Miller (6'2 200, Army).  Still active and currently stationed in nearby Fort Benning, the former Cadet brings the defending champs a much needed big leg kicker as 2010 All-SIFL performer Trey Crum decided not to return to the Lions.  While at West Point, Miller had a touchback percentage rate of over 50% and converted 16 of 23 field goal attempts along with 49 of 53 PAT attempts. 

"The SEC is so talent rich it's amazing that we have signed this many former members of the conference," says Columbus Lions Head Coach Jason Gibson.  "Signing Washington in addition to Miller, we have added not only a fast, smart, and big-leg kicker but most importantly two high character guys for our club."

The Columbus Lions will begin their 2011 title defense on Sunday March 20th against the Huntsville Hammers with their home opener coming on the following Sunday March 27th against the Richmond Raiders.

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