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April 22, 2010

Loyte looks to capitalize on Giant opportunity

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"It would be great to be with Jon again because he's a good friend. We've stayed in close touch and I'd love the opportunity to play with him. Jack Bicknell Jr. is on the coaching staff there, and he was one of my coaches in my fifth year at BC."

Loyte has been staying in top shape while working as a personal trainer at the Beverly Athletic Club. In his free time he works out every chance he gets.

"That's been my life for the last four months," said Loyte. "I'm lighter and quicker now, which really helps me. I'm hoping I'll be more attractive to teams because I've become very good at long snapping. It's a lot harder than it looks to snap the ball hard 15 yards back while trying to block at the same time. It took lots of practice, but I feel very comfortable doing it now. I don't care where I play as long as I can keep playing football."

Loyte was a member of the Mahoning Valley Thunder in Youngstown, Ohio in the Arena League last year. Because the indoor game is so much faster he believes that experience helped him.

"That's extremely fast football, and your reaction times have to be much quicker than outdoors," said Loyte. "It's all about scoring in Arena. I was out in Youngstown for four months and it was a good experience traveling all over for games. It's pretty intense out there and they love football. We always had good crowds and we went to some places where they totally packed a basketball or hockey arena. It's a whole different game, but lots of fun to play. I had to bulk up to 280 pounds for it because they wanted me to be more a blocker fullback type."

Stellato feels Loyte has the tools to make it.

"Jon is fresh, and he's smart. He has a lot to offer, and he won't have any trouble learning the playbook," said Stellato. "He's a great kid, and although I'm sure he's been frustrated at times he stayed with it. Now he can go in there and make some noise."

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