Tampa Bay Storm WR Amarri Jackson set the team single-season rookie reception mark last week against Tulsa. Jackson, who starred at USF, has 111 catches and leads the Storm with 28 touchdowns.
QB shuffle: After seemingly settling into the starting quarterback position the past two months, Brian Zbydniewski has hit a rough patch and was benched last week.
Zbydniewski (15-of-29 for 197 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against Tulsa) was replaced by Danny Southwick in the second quarter but started the third before injuring his left shoulder. Southwick (4-of-12 for 45 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Talons) finished the game, and Zbydniewski's status for this week is questionable.
Grothe practices again: For the second time this season, former USF QB Matt Grothe was brought in on a two-day tryout waiver to work out for the Storm.
Grothe wasn't signed after working out for the team in early June but might be needed this week with Zbydniewski's status uncertain.
Turn donation into free ticket: The Humane Society will host a food drive on the East Plaza, and a free ticket to Saturday's night game will be given away to those who make donations. Acceptable donations include cash, dry pet food and cat litter.
Transactions: The team signed LB Taylor Scott, DL Xzavie Jackson and K Greg Gundersen this week. K Kyle Chilton, a Clearwater High graduate, was released.
Purify heads to UFL: The team took a big hit this week when LB Cliff Dukes and WR Huey Whittaker left to sign with the UFL's Virginia Destroyers. But the Georgia Force, Saturday's opponent and a team still in the playoff hunt, also lost its top receiver. Maurice Purify, who ranks in the top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and scoring, signed with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.
Beer (and free tickets): The Storm will host a beer-tasting event on the East Plaza of the St. Pete Times Forum from 5:30-7:30 Saturday night.