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Back in Tampa, Grothe hopeful for future with Storm

For eight months, Matt Grothe worked to adjust his game to the larger field and different rules of the Canadian Football League. But after being released by the Toronto Argonauts, he's turned his attention to a much smaller field in Arena Football.


"It's exciting. It's a different game," Grothe said after working out Thursday with the Tampa Bay Storm. "It's a lot of fun, especially getting to play with a lot of guys I've played with. It's a quick game, and actually suits my arm strength really well."

Grothe had a two-day tryout with the Storm, and a team spokesman said no decision would be made about signing Grothe until next week, after Saturday's home game against the Pittsburgh Power. The team made a separate move Thursday, cutting former USF and Kansas State quarterback Grant Gregory, who had been the team's starter until suffering a foot injury five games ago.

After tryouts and short stints with the NFL's Bucs, the UFL's Florida Tuskers and the CFL's Argonauts, Grothe is hopeful he can land in the Arena league, on a Storm roster that already has four former Bulls, including receivers Amarri Jackson and Huey Whittaker.

"I'm looking forward to it and hopefully can get on the field," said Grothe, who is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his USF career early during the 2009 season. "We just got out of practice, and it went well. They told me they'd talk to everyone else and try to make room for me. We'll see where it goes here in the next few days."

Grothe said he plans to attend Saturday's game at St. Pete Times Forum, figuring the best way to learn the nuances of Arena football is to take in games in person. He attended a few Storm games when he was at USF from 2005-09.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:23pm]


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