Just a few months ago, Jake Johnson had never heard of the Wyoming Cavalry.
Now he's one of them.
The former Longmont High standout quarterback signed last week to play with the Indoor Football League team based in Casper, Wyo.
The gig is the next turn in what's been a winding football path since high school. After signing to play at Colorado State-Pueblo and a brief stint at Adams State, Johnson opted to go the semi-pro route instead of trying to get on with another college team.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Johnson played for the Prague Lions in the Czech Republic over the summer. He started at quarterback for the first six games before moving to safety for the final six games to try and showcase his talents on the other side of the ball as well.
It was while browsing a Facebook-like website for European football players that Johnson saw someone else who had signed with the Cavalry and decided to give the team a ring.
IFL training camp begins in February, with the season beginning in March and running through June. IFL players make roughly $250 or so per game, though teams also help players with housing, meals and landing part-time jobs that they can work on the side.
Johnson, who has been living and working in Longmont since returning from Prague, is hoping this next step can help him advance his dream of reaching the Canadian Football League or the NFL.
"This was the right fit and a close fit," Johnson said Wednesday.
In Casper -- where the Cavalry play in the same league as the Fort Collins-based Colorado Ice -- Johnson said he will get a shot at quarterback again. But he also said coaches have told him he could see time anywhere from running back to receiver to safety.
"I'm just going to be all over the field I guess," Johnson said. "It will be interesting to see where (the coach) thinks I can play."
ST. VRAIN FC TEAMS WITH ENGLISH SQUAD
The St. Vrain FC club soccer organization in Longmont announced recently a partnership with English soccer club Sheffield Wednesday's North American Academy.
The partnership will allow St. Vrain FC players and coaches a chance to work with Sheffield Wednesday academy coaches in both Colorado and the United Kingdom.
Sheffield Wednesday will also host a series of player identification camps to search for prospects to train with its academy squad in England.
"This partnership will allow our coaches access to Sheffield Wednesday's curriculum, enhancing the soccer experience players at St. Vrain FC receive," St. Vrain FC executive director Steve Lepper said in a release.
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