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December 31, 2012

Football: Former Milton, Bloom U gridder signs pro indoor contract

By The Daily Item

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- The Green Bay Blizzard have announce the signing of two linemen for the 2013 season, including former Milton High School and Bloomsburg University standout Daryl Kurtz.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Kurtz was drafted by Green Bay and signed with the team as an offensive lineman, along with defensive end Chris Almonte, a graduate of the University of Charlotte. Kurtz, who had a tryout last spring with the New York Jets, started 48 games on the offensive line for the Huskies. Kurtz played at right tackle for one year then shifted to left tackle for his remaining three seasons.

Kurtz anchored an offensive line that enabled four 1,000-yard rushers, including one 2,000-yard rusher. In 2011, Kurtz was selected to five different All-American teams and was a Daktonics All Super Region 1 First-team selection. Kurtz attended mini-camp with the New York Jets in 2012.

"Daryl is a very talented football player and should flourish in our physical style of play", said Green Bay head coach Robert Fuller. "He is a team-first guy that works hard and is very self motivated and those type of guys usually do very well in our program."

Almonte (6-4, 250) joins the Blizzard after playing for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks in 2012. He started in 44 games in his college career and was named to the first-team All-Conference and first-team All-Region squads.

Almonte joins former Lehigh Valley teammate Aaron Kapelia-Higdon on Green Bay�s roster. In addition, Almonte and Kapelia-Higdon were also teammates at the University of Charleston .

The Green Bay Blizzard are members of the Indoor Football League. The Blizzard play all of their home games at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

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