Barnstormers Sign Player From Open Tryouts

Barnstormers Sign Player From Open Tryouts

DES MOINES – Head Coach Dixie Wooten announced today that the Iowa Barnstormers have signed defensive back Robert Lewis to a contract.

 On Saturday, November 17 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Iowa Barnstormers held their annual Open Tryout. Over 30 athletes from across the country competed for a chance at making the 2019 Iowa Barnstormers roster. One of those hopefuls was Robert Lewis, a former Grand View Viking who impressed Coach Wooten and earned an invitation to training camp.

Lewis (6-0, 180, Grand View University) joins the Iowa Barnstormers for his rookie season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Lewis spent three years at Grand View University in Des Moines where he earned honors as a two time All-Conference Defensive Player and as two-time All American Heart of America Defensive Player of the Year.

With several talented athletes in attendance at the open tryout, Robert Lewis's focus is what grabbed Coach Wooten's attention.

"Robert came in to the open tryout with the confidence that he belongs from the start," said Coach Wooten. "I could tell he was focused on earning an invite to camp from the beginning. He handled himself like a professional and came to work."

Coach Wooten has a history of signing talent from the team's open tryouts and holds high expectations when it comes to how they perform at training camp.

"I look forward to seeing Robert bring the same confidence and hard work that I saw at the tryout into training camp," said Coach Wooten. "I know he will compete because he wants to show the coaching staff he belongs. At the tryout he proved that he can take being coached and adjust and that is a big advantage going into camp."

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