Arena Football League
Final Week of Storm Training Camp Begins
Storm began its final week of training camp today. With final roster
cuts coming up, it is imperative for the players to take what they
learned last week and apply it on the field.
"Last week we taught them what to do," said Storm defensive backs coach Doug Kay. "Now we'll see if they know how to use it."
that said, the Storm took the field and immediately went to work. With
the 28-man roster finalized, the staff began to treat the training camp
session like a regular season practice. The coaches put the team into
game situations for the purpose of seeing how each player will react
during the game.
just showing that we can be counted on," said Storm wide receiver Jason
Chery. "I want to show that I know what I am doing, and that I can be
the game of arena football versatility is extremely important. While it
is no longer required, being able to play both sides of the ball is
important. This is a trait that can go a long way when the coaches make
their decisions on the final roster.
coaches tell us to get better at everything," said Chery. "If we
continue to improve, we'll have a better shot at making this team at the
end of the week."
Perspective: On entering the final week of training camp, Storm head
coach Dave Ewart said, "At the end of the week we're going to keep the
best 24 guys. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask, 'Am I ready?'"
of the Day: On what it will take to make the final team roster, Storm
defensive back De'Audra Dix said, "We need to lock in, stay focused and
improve on communication. Coach always says communicate with each other,
which will help everyone get better."
Spotlight: Today's "Player Spotlight" goes to first-year Storm
quarterback Shane Boyd. Boyd was a two-sport athlete for the University
of Kentucky, playing both baseball and football. The former Wildcat was
selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round of the 2004 Major
League Baseball draft. He was a pitcher for the Wildcats, pitching at a
speed of close to 97 mph. During camp, his velocity and quick release
showed as he was able to find many of his receivers and place the ball
where only they could find it.
Sharks Training Camp Report - March 11
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks returned to the
practice field at Plantation Park on Monday morning. After Sunday's day
of rest, the team kicked off the second week of training camp with a
past weekend was the Sharks' first significant break of the season, as
players had a day and a half off after eight straight days of practice
and meetings. On Monday, the team shook off a little bit of rust as the
practice progressed from individual drills to one-on-ones,
three-on-threes and the final team session. Following Monday's workout,
head coach Les Moss shared his thoughts on the day's work and the week
a couple days off or the weekend after a game, the first practice is
normally kind of sluggish, and then they get back into it" Moss said.
"Tomorrow will be crisp, they'll be ready to go. We've really only got
two more days of practice and then we've got Orlando coming to town, so
we're excited about that."
practice marked the first time that the Sharks took the field with a
28-man roster, as teams could carry 35 players for the first week of
camp but must now work with a smaller roster. The Sharks will work this
entire week - including Friday's preseason scrimmage - with 28 active
players, then must reduce that number to the regular-season limit of 24.
any team, the Sharks have dealt with bumps, bruises and fatigue during
camp. On Monday, Moss also discussed how his players are dealing with
training camp's physical challenges.
really less than 28 because we've got some guys that are nicked up,"
Moss said. "They're fighting through it. It's training camp still so
they've got to keep fighting for their jobs, but we're doing alright."
all the players who have suited up for the Sharks during training camp,
not one has more AFL experience than defensive lineman Jerry Turner,
who is entering his seventh year in the league. After two years with the
Georgia Force, Turner heads south to play for the team that ended his
season in both 2011 and 2012. After Monday's workout, Turner spoke about
his early impressions of the Jacksonville organization.
think everybody handles themselves like a professional [here]," Turner
said. "I'm excited to be here. When I'm out [around town] a lot of
people seem to respect the Sharks, which is a good thing for this league
and on this level. So far, everything is great."
is one of four members of the 2012 Force to don a Shark uniform this
year, joining fellow defensive lineman Matt Marcorelle, quarterback R.J.
Archer and defensive back Tracy Belton. With Georgia last year, Turner
led his team with five tackles for loss and added four sacks and three
all of his Shark teammates, Turner is looking forward to lining up
against the Orlando Predators during Friday's preseason scrimmage.
not just seeing another jersey, but getting to hit the quarterback
instead of just running him down," Turner said. "That's what we're here
to do, rush the passer, so it's tough to stay intense when you can't
really get to what you want. We're looking forward to it, very much so."
Sharks return to the practice field for another full-contact workout on
Tuesday morning. Practice is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be open
to the public.
Action Audio Apps Partners with the Orlando Predators
live sporting event experience as we know it is about to change! Action
Audio Apps is pleased to announce a partnership with the Orlando
Predators of the Arena Football League for the home opener April 6,
2013. The Orlando Predators will be the first ever professional football
team to give fans exclusive live access to on-the-field audio via
Action Audio Apps at all home games.
new partnership will revolutionize the way fans experience live sports
by doing something no other professional football team has ever done
before. During the game, select players and coaches will be wired with
the most technologically advanced microphones on the market. Fans will
be able to hear every grunt, snap and cheer live as the action unfolds
through an app downloaded to their Android smartphone, iPhone or other
Apple device, mp3 player or tablet.
how will Action Audio Apps transform the arena experience? Through the
use of cutting-edge technology, everyone in the arena will feel like
they're on the field along with the players. On opening night, which is
sponsored by People's Power & Gas, Predators fans can tune in to
Action Audio Apps' produced show to hear exactly what the players and
coaches are saying. Either pre-install the free app at home or download
it once you arrive at the stadium in a few simple clicks. Once
downloaded, fans can access the interactive app's multi-channel keypad
and select their stream for continuous action - whether it's their
favorite player, coach or even an interview. The app can also be
accessed outside the live event so fans can listen to the library of
archived audio content.
are excited to offer our fans a chance to experience a professional
football game in a way no one ever has before," said Darrell Harbin
Chief Operating Officer of the Orlando Predators. "It will also give our
fans a chance to feel like they are more a part of the game."
Day 12 of Soul Camp: Players Push On
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, continue on their journey to finalize their 2013 team roster.
Both defense and offense are learning how one another plays, and who
they have to beat to make the final roster.
Steven Gachette (6'1, 195, Southwest Baptist) and AFL rookie Ryan
Porter (6'4, 217, Missouri State) are battling it out to gain a spot
alongside veteran Dan Raudabaugh (6'3, 230, Miami (OH)). Drills with the
wide receivers and running plays continue to show who will be the
dominant competitor and reader on the field.
for an official spot as an offensive lineman with the Soul are returnee
Brennen Carvalho (6'1, 310, Portland State), rookie Sioeli Fakalata
(6'3, 340, New Mexico State), returnee Christian Johnson (6'4, 330,
Kentucky), former Pittsburgh Power Jason Jones (6'4, 340, Idaho), and
rookie Jason Townson (6'4, 315, Tennessee State). The drills continue to
get tough as they now know one another's strengths and weaknesses.
SPOTLIGHT: LB/DL CALVIN FANCE (6'1, 245, ANGELO STATE): LB/DL Calvin
Fance enters Soul training camp as a rookie in the AFL. In 2012 he
played in the LSLF with the New Mexico Stars. During 2010-2011 he was in
the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and previously in 2010, he
played in the IFL for the San Angelo Stampede. At Angelo State Fance
earned Division II All-American honors after leading the nation with 14
sacks as a senior (2009).
OF THE DAY: "Coach Bogle has been a great coach so far this camp," said
veteran OL Brennen Carvalho. "He's worked us players hard and it's
resulted in great competition with us offensive lineman. The toughest
guy for us to guard, hands down, is always Dustin Barno because he has
the best hands. For the 2013 season the offensive line has set high
goals, we have to run the best plays but can't expect anything because
we're always up against great players. Things will fall together as the
game is played; we just have to put our best foot forward."
EXPERIENCE COMMON ON SOUL: Out of the current roster of 28 men, about
14 of them have had previous NFL experience whether it was training
camps, practice squad or active. No matter what status, any level of NFL
training will contribute to how they play at camp.
player with most NFL experience is kicker Carlos Martinez (5'8, 180,
Buena Vista). He was with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009), Dallas Cowboys
practice squad (2006-07), Atlanta Falcons pre-season (2006), Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (2004), and the Philadelphia Eagles preseason (2003).
Veterans consisting of NFL experience are: DL Dustin Barno (6'3, 285,
East Stroudsburg) who attended the Tennessee Titans camp in 2003; WR
Larry Brackins (6'5, 225, Pearl River C.C.) who was with the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers in 2005 at training camp and preseason; OL Brennen Carvalho
(6'1, 310, Portland State) who was with the Green Bay Packers practice
squad in 2008; WR Tiger Jones (5'11, 195, Louisville) was with the
Washington Redskins in 2005 and attended the Philadelphia Eagles
training camp in 2012; DB Rayshaun Kizer (5'10, 190, Walsh) was with the
New York Jets during 2007 preseason; DL Bryan Robinson (6'3, 290,
Wesley) was picked up by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 as a free agent;
and FB Derrick Ross (6'0, 250, Tarleton State) was with the Kansas City
Chiefs in 2006.
players with NFL experience include: rookie DL Morkeith Brown (6'5,
255, Temple) who attended the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp,
Cleveland Browns training camp and two workouts with the Philadelphia
Eagles in 2012; WR Jackie Chambers (5'10, 188, Lane College) attended
the New Orleans Saints rookie camp in 2009; DB David Richardson (6'2,
210, Cal Poly State) played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2004-07;
WR/KR Alvance Robinson (5'9, 170, Alabama State) had workouts with the
Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, and Minnesota Vikings in 2006; DL
Lawon Scott (6'2, 305, Mississippi) was picked up as a free agent from
the Dallas Cowboys in 2011; WR Andrae Thurman (6'0, 185, Arizona) played
for the Green Bay Packers from 2004-05.
Shock Enter Final Week Of 2013 Camp
Shock will enter the final week of their 2013 Training Camp with
additional opportunities for open practices. Practice start and end
times are subject to change pending team meetings, please allow for a
thirty (30) minute buffer on start and end times. Note: all practices
this week will take place at the Shock Facility located at 3212 N Eden
Rd in the Spokane Valley.
Tuesday, March 12th 11:00 am - 1:00 pm MEDIA DAY
Wednesday, March 13th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Closed Practice
Thursday, March 14th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Closed Practice
Friday, March 15th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm OPEN Practice to Public
Saturday, March 16th 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm OPEN Practice to Public
Sunday, March 17th Final Roster Cuts - No Practice
Shock Announce First Round of Training Camp Cuts
Shock have announced roster cuts as the first week of their 2013
Training Camp has come to a close. After Sunday's "Orange and White
Game" at Spokane Arena, the Shock made their first roster cuts from the
35-man roster down to 28 as they prepare to enter the final week of
Training Camp. Final roster cuts will take place Sunday, March 17th.
See below the 28-man roster:
NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Paul Stephens DB 5-9 170 Central Missouri State
Josh Pleasant DB 5-10 190 Kent State
Ruschard Dodd-Masters DB 6-0 190 UNLV
Terrance Sanders DB 5-11 195 Eastern Illinois
Cameron McGlenn DB 6-0 200 Elon University
Patrick Stoudamire DB 5-11 205 Western Illinois
Chase Vaughn DL 6-2 240 SMU
James Ruffin DL 6-4 265 Northern Iowa
Terrance Taylor DL 6-0 320 Michigan
Chris Tucker DL 6-2 300 South Carolina
William Green DL 6-4 255 Florida
Beau Bell LB 6-1 245 UNLV
Terence Moore LB 6-2 225 Troy
Marc Schiechl LB 6-3 270 Col. School of Mines
Samuel Tupua OL 6-2 315 Idaho
Will Falakiseni OL 6-2 320 Norfolk State
Tyrone Novikoff OL 6-7 320 Idaho
Ryan Cave OL 6-5 320 Hampton
Erik Meyer QB 6-2 210 Eastern Washington
Arvell Nelson QB 6-5 230 Texas Southern
Julian Talley WR 6-1 195 UMASS
Larry Shipp WR 5-10 200 Tennessee Tech
Duane Brooks WR 6-0 190 Stephen F. Austin
Oliver "Tre" Young WR 6-4 210 South Carolina State
Jeffrey Solomon WR 6-0 200 Washington State
Steven Black WR 6-3 210 Memphis
Kamar Jorden WR 6-3 205 Bowling Green
on Physically Unable to Perform: B.J. Cabbell (Virginia), Rennie Moore
(Clemson), Adron Tennell (Oklahoma), Chris Pino (San Diego State),
Andrew Nierman (Tulane)
Placed on Refuse to Report: Andrew Roxas (Washington State), Kenny Spencer (North Alabama)
Roster reflects up-to-date transactions as processed by the Net 10
Wireless Arena Football League. Roster is subject to change until final
cuts on Sunday, March 17th, 2013.
Talons Pick up QB John Dutton - One of AFL's All-Time Best
San Antonio Talons have been assigned one of the league's all-time
great quarterbacks, who will be competing to run the offense in the
Talon's second season. John Dutton, 37, comes in time for the 2013
are excited to get a veteran player of John's caliber to come in and
help us maintain the momentum we had during our inaugural season," owner
David Lynd said. "We did not take the first quarterback that came along
as we wanted to find a leader for the team that exemplifies our
organizations' goals and values along with that of the culture here in
San Antonio. John is a devout Christian with a family of 6 (who is
looking to take up roots in San Antonio and become the face of your San
Antonio Talons. His statistics on the field speak for themselves but I
think the people of San Antonio will be equally as impressed with the
kind of human being that John is."
formerly with the Cleveland Gladiators, was named one of the "Greatest
25 Quarterbacks in AFL History" last year by the Arena Football League's
Silver Anniversary Committee. Dutton came in No. 12.
leadership and proven success on the field is exactly what we want and
need as we head into the 2013 season," head coach Lee Johnson said. "The
addition of John to our roster only raises our expectations for an
exciting and successful season."
two-time ArenaBowl champion led the San Jose SaberCats to a title in
ArenaBowl XVI. Three years later he led the Colorado Crush to victory in
ArenaBowl XIX. Dutton joined the Cleveland Gladiators in 2010 and set
franchise records for passing yards in a season with 5,104 and passing
touchdowns with 100.
was a backup quarterback at the University of Texas before transferring
to Nevada where he helped the Wolf Pack win two Big West titles.
Legends Football League
Legends Football League Wants You To Name The Pittsburgh Team
week, Legends Football League, formerly known as the Lingerie Football
League, announced plans to launch an expansion franchise in Pittsburgh
in 2014. League officials are now announcing that Pittsburgh fans will
have the opportunity to name the newly announced franchise. Please
submit team name submissions to LFLinPitt@LFLUS.com.
Click to see Pittsburgh uniform unveil video.
team name with the most number of submissions will be chosen and the
person who first submitted the team name, will be part of the historic
Opening Night coin-toss in 2014.
League officials will soon announce the host stadium/arena as well as the winning team name submission.
will be part of the LFL’s Eastern Conference which also includes
soon-to-be rival Philadelphia Passion, Jacksonville Breeze, Omaha Heart,
Atlanta Steam, Cleveland Crush and Baltimore Charm.
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Martino Theus Named Director of Player Personnel for Monsters
The Missouri Monsters have hired Martino Theus as director of player personnel for the remainder of the 2013 season.
played college football at Lambuth University and was 1st team all mid
south conference in 1997, and 1st team honorable mention in 1998.
Friday nights game, it was clear we needed to improve our roster before
our next game. Having worked with Martino in the past, I know his great
ability in recruiting players. I look forward to working with him in
building a strong roster that will compete for an UIFL Championship THIS
season." Said Missouri Monsters Owner Andrew Haines.
college Theus played indoor and arena football from 2000 to 2006. After
playing he joined the Bossier -Shreveport Battle Wings in the af2 as
their defensive backs coach. In 2010 Theus was the defensive coordinator
of the Battle Wings in the Arena Football League.
Glad to be back with an owner like Andrew Haines. It's a blessing to be
apart of a great organization and city. Andrew has a great product in
the Missouri Monsters, and I'm looking to come in and be the best at my
job. I know what Andrew wants, and that is to WIN." Said Monsters
Director of Player Personnel Martino Theus.
served as Head Coach of the Mississipi Hound Dogs, and Marion Blue
Racers as well. He has started his position already, and will be in
Missouri by mid week.
Monsters have a bye week, then travel to Dalton, GA to take on the
Georgia Rampage on Monday March 25th. After the road trip, the team
returns home to the Family Arena on Monday April 1st to face the Windy