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Bloomington, Ill. – The Bloomington Edge indoor football team opened training camp for the 2017 season on Tuesday, February 14th. After their first 3 practices took place offsite, they will be on their home red turf of U.S. Cellular Coliseum this Friday, February 16th. The Edge is looking for a CIF championship this season after coming up 1 point short in the North Finals in 2016. First year head coach Ameer Ismail can’t wait for the season to get started. “Everyone is undefeated in training camp,” commented Coach Ismail, “I love the enthusiasm. It is our job as coaches to maintain that enthusiasm through the whole season.”

Quarterback Caleb Holbrook and Illinois State University graduate Dante McCoy have both re-signed with the Edge, and both have arrived in Bloomington early to start working out even before camp starts.

“You have to have that veteran leadership at this level, and that is what we get from Holbrook and McCoy. I expect them to lead by example, and help establish the work ethic and discipline needed to be a championship football team,” remarked Coach Ismail.

The Edge have also added some new faces to the 2017 roster. Wide receiver J.J. Hayes (6’4” – 220lbs) played collegiately at Lamar University and most recently played for the Spokane Empire of the IFL where he recorded 62 receptions and 14 touchdowns last season. Offensive Linemen Dashawn Johnson (6’4” – 310lbs) attended William Paterson University from 2010-2013 and attended mini—camp with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Ismail praised the two newest additions to the Edge roster saying, “Hayes and Johnson will be huge assets to our team. Both have NFL level talent”.  Practices will be divided between the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington and the Avanti Dome in Pekin.

A complete training camp schedule is below.
The Edge will take the field for the first time in 2017 on Sunday, February 26th in an exhibition game at 5:05pm which will be preceded by a Fan Fest at 3:00pm. The Edge will be honoring the great work done by the Boys and Girls Club that night by contributing $1 from every ticket sold to the Boys and Girls Club. The Edge regular season home opener is Friday, March 3rd against the West Michigan Ironmen. For season ticket information go to www.bloomingtonedge.net or call (484)840-EDGE.

Sun- Feb 12th-
Report Date. Hotel check-in. Staff meeting 6PM

Tues- Feb 14th
Location: Avanti Dome
1-2pm tape/treatment
2-3p.m. Install meeting #1
315-5pm practice (helmet only)

Wed- Feb 15th
Location: Avanti Dome
1-2pm tape/treatment
2-3pm Film Review
315-5pm practice (helmet only)

Thurs- Feb 16th
Location: GameTime
1130am-1230pm tape/treatment
1230-130 pm Install meeting #2
2-4pm practice (Full Pads)

Fri- Feb 17th
Location: USCC
430-530 pm tape/treatment
530-645pm Film Review
7-9pm practice (Full Pads)

Sat- Feb 18th
Location: USCC
9-10am tape/treatment
10-11am Install Meeting #3 (Goal line)
11:15am-1pm practice (TBD)

Sun- Feb. 19th
Location: USCC
430-530pm tape/treatment
545-645pm Film review
7-830pm scrimmage/practice (referees attend)

Mon- Feb 20th
Location: USCC
430-530pm tape/treatment
545-645pm Install #4
7-830pm Practice (helmets)

Tues- Feb 21st
Location: Avanti Dome
1-2pm tape/treatment
2-3pm Film Review
315-5pm practice (helmet only)

Thurs- Feb 23rd
Location: GameTime
1230-130pm tape/treatment
130-245 pm Install meeting #5
3-5pm practice (Full Pads)

Fri- Feb 24th
Location: GameTime
430-530pm tape/treatment
545-645pm Film Review
7-8pm Practice (helmets)

Sat- Feb 25th
Location: GameTime
930-1045am Scouting Report West Michigan
11am- 12pm walk thru

Sunday- February 26th
Preseason Game
Location: USCC

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The Bloomington Edge are entering their 12th season of professional indoor football. The Edge is a proud member of the Champions Indoor Football League (CIF), a 14-team league with teams from Muskegon, MI to Belton, TX. For more information on the Edge and the CIF, please log on to www.bloomingtonedge.net or www.gocif.net.

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