By Sam Gordon
The Massachusetts Pirates added a massive body to their ranks signing Utah State standout receiver Ron’Quavion Tarver.
Pirates general manager Jawad Yatim is excited about this move given Tarver’s impressive college numbers.
“Ron’Quavion had a very productive college career, you could tell on film and by the way Utah State used him that he was their go to receiver that could exploit man coverage especially down the field and in the red zone,” Yatim told masspiratesfootball.com.”He has great size for the position, a fluid athlete who can play through contact. We needed a physical presence at the position and adding Ron’Quavion was a good move in my opinion.”
Tarver has quite the college resume. The 6-foot-3 receiver played his way into the Utah record books at fourth all-time in receptions (160) and seventh all-time in receiving touchdowns (18). In his last 37 games, Tarver caught at least one pass.
Though he has not stepped on the field in a year, the former Chicago Bear was up and about everyday fine tuning his body as he waited for his next shot.
“I get up every morning and I run about two miles and then I have another workout at about 6:00,” Tarver said. “I hit the field to work on agility and catching and stuff so I was in great shape, was just waiting on a call.”
Tarver spent rookie mini camp with the Chicago Bears. There, he took simple lessons to heart that he has carried since his departure from the Windy City.
“[What I learned there], is that sometimes things are just out of your hands,” Tarver said. “When you have things that you can’t control, you just gotta keep pushing.”
Tarver who is friends with Thomas Owens, is excited to step on the field with the reigning NAL rookie of the year. Owens was actually the one who put Tarver on the Pirates’ radar.
“I’m excited to get on the field with those guys, with T.O.,” Tarver said. “I got in contact with him and talked to him and he kind of told me a lot about it. So after that, I got pretty comfortable with it.”
Owens who had played with Tarver in the past, gave praise to the incoming arena football rookie.
“We played together when I was in high school,” Owens said. “He’s a big dude, great hands from when I used to play with him, just a fantastic player.”
Here is the list of Pirates receivers as of today.
- Thomas Owens
- Lamar Jordan
- Darren Carrington II.
- Ron’Quavion Tarver
- Mardy Gilyard*
* – Injured reserve