June 20, 2002
EX-NORTHERN ILLINOIS D-LINE STALWART TRENT CLEMEN SIGNS WITH AF2 QUAD
DeKALB, IL --- For
former Northern Illinois University defensive end Trent Clemen, that often
desired shot at the next level of football meant an 80-mile journey from
his hometown in Dubuque to the Quad Cities.
Clemen (Dubuque, IA
/ Wahlert) became the third Huskie alum to play in the Arena FootballLeague2
this summer by signing a standard free agent contact with the Quad City
Steamwheelers, team public relations director Ron Oelke announced Thursday
The 6-foot-4, 252-pound
Clemen joins the Steamwheelers in time to play in Saturdays (June
22) AF2 contest against the Tennessee Valley Vipers at 7:30 p.m. (CST)
in Huntsville, AL. According to Oelke, the former Northern Illinois 2001
quint-captain would likely double as a fullback-linebacker for head coach
Rich Ingolds Quad City franchise.
Best of all, the Steamwheelers
stand 6-4 to date this season, rank second in the AF2 National Conference
Midwest Division standings, and come off back-to-back Arena Cup championships
in 2000 and 2001. The AF2 club plays its home games at The Mark of the
Quad Cities in Moline, IL.
certainly great news for Trent---to have this opportunity to play some
professional ball fairly close to home, said Huskie head man Joe
Novak upon hearing the news. Trents a hard-nosed kid, a strong
work ethic type who really deserves a chance like this. I thought he certainly
had a productive senior year for us on our defensive line.
Indeed, Clemen did
lead the Northern Illinois D-linemen in four statistical categories last
autumn---(1) overall stops with 80, (2) quarterback sacks with six for
37 yards in losses, (3) tackles for loss with eight for 40 yards, and
(4) pass deflections with four. During 2001, he finished No. 37 in Mid-American
Conference tackles and wound up fourth among the leagues D-line
types in that category.
A four-season letterman
for the Huskies and Novak (1998-2001), he started 11 times as a senior
at left end and played 653 snaps on the 6-5 MAC West Division co-champions.
Clemen tied for third in team QB hurries-pressures with six and finished
fifth in overall team tackles in 2001. Last fall, No. 53 duplicated his
single-game career-high with 11 stops apiece vs. Kent State and Central
completed his Northern Illinois playing days with a string of 33 consecutive
starts in 44 appearances, plus added 201 tackles and 2,044 snaps. As a
prep gridder at Wahlert High School in Dubuque, he won Honorable Mention
USA Today All-America and First-Team Des Moines Register Elite All-State
honors on the 7-3 city champions in 1997 as a senior.
Clemen joins two other
former Northern Illinois performers in kicker Kent Baker (Norfolk Nighthawks)
and lineman Rasche Hill (Peoria Pirates) on 2002 AF2 rosters.
(For further information,
please contact Mike Korcek) -30-