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Stephen Panasuk
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Howell, New Jersey
Career information
College: La Salle
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Kentucky Drillers (2013)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Comp. / Att.     3 / 8
Passing yards     40
TDINT     1–1
QB rating     45.83
Rushing TDs     0
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Stephen Panasuk (born January 19, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Jersey Flight of the American Arena League (AAL).

Early lifeEdit

Panasuk attended Grafton High School in Virginia for his first three years and played wide receiver. In 2006, he moved back to New Jersey and played his senior season as a quarterback for the New Egypt High School Warriors in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township.[1]

College careerEdit

La SalleEdit

Panasuk attended La Salle University upon graduation from high school. He played in eight games as a true freshman in 2007, completing 38 of 96 passes for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.[2] Following the 2007 season, La Salle ended its football program and allowed all their players to transfer to other schools to continue playing football.

WagnerEdit

Panasuk chose Wagner College to continue his football career,[3] however Panasuk never appeared in a game for the Seahawks.

Professional careerEdit

Kentucky DrillersEdit

Panasuk began his professional career with the Kentucky Drillers of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL).[4] He started 5 games before leaving for the Wyoming Cavalry.

Wyoming CavalryEdit

Panasuk quickly left the Drillers to join the Wyoming Cavalry of the Indoor Football League (IFL).[5] Panasuk played in nine games, starting seven, during his rookie year with the Cavalry.

Trenton FreedomEdit

Panasuk returned to New Jersey in 2014 when he joined the Trenton Freedom of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). During the 2014 season, Panasuk served as the backup to Warren Smith, who would go on to win the PIFL MVP.[6]

In 2015, Panasuk played in 10 games for the Freedom, completing 63% of his passes for over 1,800 yards and 38 total touchdowns.

Wichita ForceEdit

Panasuk joined the Wichita Force of Champions Indoor Football (CIF) in 2016.[7] He led the Force to a 5–2 record, completing 61% of his passes for 1,084 yards and 32 total touchdowns before signing with Cleveland.

Cleveland GladiatorsEdit

On April 26, 2016, Panasuk was assigned to the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League (AFL), where he finished the 2016 season.

High Country GrizzliesEdit

Panasuk signed with the High Country Grizzlies of the National Arena League (NAL) for the 2017 season. He played in 8 games for the Grizzlies, completing 131 of 239 passes for 1,318 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also scored four rushing touchdowns.[8]

Jersey FlightEdit

On October 25, 2017, Panasuk signed with the Jersey Flight of the NAL.[9] However, the team failed to meet the league's minimum obligations prior to the release of the 2018 schedule and was subsequently removed from the league without playing a game.[10] A few days later, the Flight announced they had joined the American Arena League (AAL).

Personal lifeEdit

Panasuk has been a resident of Jackson Township, New Jersey.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Mike White (September 14, 2006). "Young New Egypt team off to fast start". www.gmnews.com. Greater Media Newspapers. http://www1.gmnews.com/2006/09/14/young-new-egypt-team-off-to-fast-start/. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  2. "Steve Panasuk". foxsports.com. http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/steve-panasuk-player-stats. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  3. "Wagner 2008 Football Recruiting Class". www.cstv.com. Wagner University. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/wagn/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2008RecruitingClass.pdf. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. "Explosion take on winless foe after bye week". www.goerie.com. CyberInk LP and the Erie Times-News. March 24, 2013. http://www.goerie.com/article/20130324/FOOTBALL09/303249903. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  5. "Defense leads Fever past Cavalry". www.nbcrightnow.com. Frankly and KHQ. June 9, 2013. http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/22543466/defense-leads-fever-past-cavalry. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  6. "Trenton Freedom anticipate approaching season opener in PIFL". www.trentonian.com. George O'Gorman. http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20140328/SPORTS/140329783. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  7. Jeffrey Lutz (March 31, 2016). "New Force QB Stephen Panasuk fitting right in". www.kansas.com. The Wichita Eagle. http://www.kansas.com/sports/other-sports/wichita-force/article69347357.html. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  8. "High Cou Grizzlies". thestatguys.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. https://www.webcitation.org/6riZU8fQ3?url=http://www.thestatguys.com/NAL/2017/HCG.HTM. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  9. "Transactions". nationalarenaleague.com. Archived from the original on October 27, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171027001652/http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/transactions.html. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  10. "NAL SET TO BEGIN PLAY IN APRIL - League Schedule to be Released This Week". December 13, 2017. http://www.nationalarenaleague.com/news-m/383-nal-set-to-begin-play-in-april-league-schedule-to-be-released-this-week.html.
  11. "Force finish 2016 signings with QB Panasuk, OL McGuire", Wichita Force, February 17, 2016. Accessed August 3, 2016. "A Jackson, N.J. native, Panasuk attended La Salle University before transferring to Wagner University."

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