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Former DWU Tiger signs with indoor pro team in Virginia

Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Jon Bane looks down the field to throw the ball during a nonconference football game against Dakota State University in the 2012 season at Joe Quintal Field in Mitchell. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

RICHMOND, Va. — Former Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Jon Bane’s dream of playing professional football has come true.

Bane has signed to play with the Richmond Raiders, indoor professional football team in Richmond, Va.

“I am really excited. It seems like a great opportunity to continue to play football,” Bane said Tuesday. “I want to use this as a stepping stone to try to move up and get to where I want to be. I am not really sure how they got a hold of my film, but the head coach called me and said he liked what he saw and wanted to bring me in.”

As a four-year starter at Wesleyan, Bane threw for a school-record 9,224 yards. His best season came in 2011, when he compiled 2,817 yards. He has also received all-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors each of the last three years, earning an honorable mention for his performance in 2013. The quarterback from Temple, Texas, capped off his career at Wesleyan by helping lead the Tigers to their first eight-win season since 1992.

Bane also captured the eye of some NFL scouts earlier this year at the Baylor University pro day. At Baylor, he worked out in front of 36 scouts from 30 NFL teams.

The Raiders play in the professional indoor football league, which features seven other teams. Richmond is 1-4 and has seven more games left of its schedule. The Raiders lost Saturday to the Trenton Freedom. Bane traveled to that game but did not play. The team has a bye week this week, but Bane hopes to be the starting quarterback when squad takes the field for its next game on May 17.

“I have been trying to figure out the rules and pick up the speed of the game because playing indoors is a little different than outdoors,” Bane said. “I want to get my bearings first, but hopefully I can look forward to playing the next time we have a game.”

He added that watching the team’s game last week gave him the chance to see how things work and what the warmup routine is like.

DWU football coach Ross Cimpl said he was happy for Bane and proud of his many accomplishments.

“I think when you talk about Jon Bane, football is what makes that kid go,” Cimpl said. “For him to have an opportunity to play at the next level is a great accomplishment. I hope it works out for him and even if it doesn’t, he still had the chance to do something that a lot of people dream they could do.”