Canadian Football League

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Montgomery Maulers have signed former Troy State stars Mareno and David Philyaw.
Mareno Philyaw, 27, played briefly with the Atlanta Falcons after playing wide receiver and quarterback for Troy from 1996-1999. His younger brother David, 25, was a defensive back at Troy and started six games last year with the Houma (La.) team of the National Indoor Football league.
The Philyaws are the second and third players to be signed by Montgomery's new indoor football league team. The team announced the signing of former Jeff Davis quarterback Jeff Aaron last week.
"Mareno brings a knowledge of the game having played in NFL," Maulers coach James Shiver said. "Though he didn't get much playing time, he learned zones and coverages and he can bring that to our team.
"David has been around the league before and knows the speed of the game, which is so much faster on a smaller field."
Mareno Philyaw caught 59 passes for 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns during his college career. He ran for 665 yards and eight touchdowns and had 836 yards in kickoff returns. He also passed for 146 yards when he played quarterback as a sophomore.
A sixth-round NFL draft pick at wide receiver by Atlanta in 2000, Philyaw played in only one game in two seasons with the Falcons. After a brief stint with the Carolina Panthers in 2002, Philyaw was signed by Dallas of the Arena Football League.
Mareno just happened to be visiting his brother when the Maulers to ask David to play.
"They asked me if I wanted to do it, too, and I said, 'Sure,'" He said.
Mareno Philyaw played last year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He said he was looking forward to coming to Saturday's open tryout and mini-camp and meeting the rest of the team.
"I hope I'll be able to bring some experience and some leadership qualities to the team," he said.
David Philyaw played defensive back at Troy from 1999-2002. A starting cornerback as a freshman, he played in every game during his final three years at the school. In his six professional starts, he recorded 13 tackles and an interception as the Bayou Bucks earned a playoff berth with an 11-3 record.
The Maulers hold their final open tryout camp this weekend at Brewbaker Junior High School. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the fee of $40 is payable in cash of money order only.
The Maulers play their first-ever game on March 19 at Kissimmee, Fla.
The first home game is April 2 against the Southwest Louisiana Swashbucklers


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