TAMPA — Tampa Bay moved into a first-place tie in the Southern Division with its most impressive victory of the season, a 65-40 throttling at Utah on Saturday. The Storm now sits at 7-3, riding a five-game win streak.
Coach Tim Marcum had plenty to smile about as his defense forced a season-high five turnovers and held Utah to a season-low 40 points.
"We were plus-2 in the turnover department, and that was good," Marcum said. "We've been on too many of the other side of those this year."
The win, combined with Orlando's 70-48 rout of Jacksonville, tied the Storm with the Sharks atop the division. With six weeks left, including a July 17 game at Jacksonville, the Storm is in prime position for the postseason.
"But it's not what we've done," Marcum said. "It's all about what we still have to do."
Kennedy on Call: Former three-time NFL Pro Bowl offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy was signed last week to play against Utah. Kennedy (6-7, 380 pounds), the ninth overall pick in the 1993 NFL draft, has worked for Fox Sports Radio and played a season with the Storm in 2007. Kennedy, who is friends with Marcum, agreed to a one-game deal to help a line missing starter Tom Kaleita. The Storm placed Kennedy on the suspended list, meaning he might return if needed.
Signings: The Storm signed WR Jacob Willis, a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder from Illinois. Marcum said Willis may play this week depending on the health of veteran Sedrick Robinson (leg injury).
More teams return: Former markets San Jose and Kansas City announced last week that they were joining 2008 AFL champion Philadelphia in resuming play in 2011.
Samuels Done? WR Lawrence Samuels may not return to the Storm. Samuels, the AFL's all-time reception leader, was signed after the opener but played in only one game before breaking a finger. He is on injured reserve. "Haven't heard anything from him," Marcum said. "I think he might be done."
Dance Clinic: The team will host a Storm Dancers Junior Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. Friday for girls ages 6-15. Participants will rehearse a routine and perform at halftime of the Bossier-Shreveport game.