Arena Football League
Predators Training Camp Report
Orlando Predators reported to their second day of practice at Tinker
field this morning. With just under two weeks before their preseason
scrimmage, with the Jacksonville Sharks, the team is in high gear
is going very well," said Marlon Moye-Moore, returning Linebacker and
Fullback. "I have been with the Predators since 2004, and in the past
two days I can say that this years team, hands down has the best group
of football players I have seen in my 8 years with the team".
The team returns to practice tomorrow morning at 8am and will continue practices through the weekend until Sunday, March 10th.
all practices open to the media, coaches and players will be made
available for interviews following the conclusion of each practice. As a
courtesy, members of the media who are planning to attend a practice
are asked to notify our Media Relations Coordinator, Johanna Kimberley
Sharks Training Camp Report - March 5
2012 South Division Champion Jacksonville Sharks held their second
full-contact workout in as many days on Tuesday morning, taking to the
practice field at Plantation Park for a second consecutive day.
practice provided the toughest conditioning test yet, as temperatures
climbed into the seventies during the team session at the tail end of
practice. That team workout followed a lengthy series of one-on-one and
one-on-one portion of practice highlighted the team's veteran
secondary, as each of the Sharks who lined up at defensive back has
prior indoor football experience, and four players have at least three
previous seasons in the Arena Football League. Following Tuesday's
practice, defensive back Micheaux Robinson talked about the advantages
of the high level of experience at his position group.
definitely a positive, it makes it a lot easier as far as far as
communication goes," Robinson said. "Even when we're unable to
communicate, guys just have that natural knowledge and experience and
they can make up for it."
the flip side, the Shark receiving corps features a number of newcomers
who are adjusting to the pace and style of the indoor game, including
Dorian Graham, Jacksonville native Charles Gilbert and fellow rookie
J.J. Hayes. Hayes spoke about the adjustments he has had to make during
like the tempo of it," Hayes said. "I like that it's fast paced,
there's a lot of receivers and a lot of receiving plays. There's a lot
of opportunities to block too, so it really works to my abilities."
Sharks have eight more practices before the team's preseason scrimmage
against the Orlando Predators. In that time, the team's young receivers
will have many more chances to test themselves against the team's
veteran defensive backs as they continue to learn the ins and outs of
the indoor game.
Sharks made an addition at receiver on Tuesday, announcing that Maurice
Avery has been assigned to the team's roster. The 29-year-old Avery
(6'1", 215) has not played in the Arena Football League, but does bring
five seasons of professional indoor football experience to Jacksonville.
Avery spent his collegiate career at Memphis.
other Tuesday transactions, the team announced that defensive lineman
Jerry Turner has been activated from the Refused to Report list, while
wide receiver London Crawford has been placed on the Physically Unable
to Perform list.
joined the Sharks just over a year after wrapping up his collegiate
career at Lamar University. As a senior in 2011, Hayes was his team's
leading receiver, recording 53 receptions for 951 yards and eight
touchdowns. He earned a spot on the All-Southland Conference Second Team
that season and owns school records for most receiving yards in a
season (951 in 2011), most receiving yards in a single game (212), and
most receptions in a single game (14).
After Tuesday's practice, Hayes discussed his performance to this point in training camp.
pretty difficult but I think I'm doing pretty well," Hayes said. "I've
made some mental mistakes here and there but it's just all a part of
has also had to adjust to the tempo of practice, as the Sharks have
limited time to pack in as much repetition as possible.
different from training camp in college, because we're not out here as
long but we're getting so much done in that period of time," Hayes said.
"I'm just enjoying it and I'm happy to be out here."
Sharks return to Plantation Park on Wednesday morning for the team's
fifth practice in as many days. Wednesday's workout will begin at 8:30
a.m. and is open to the public.
Second Day of Full-Contact Play Completed in Philadelphia
2012 American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, presented by Parx
Casino, have two days of padded practices in the books at the NovaCare
Complex in Philadelphia. Strengths are continuing to show in all players
in every position, just in time before first cuts this Friday, March 8.
veterans, defensive lineman Dustin Barno (6'3", 275, East Stroudsburg)
and wide receiver Larry Brackins (6'5", 221, Pearl River C.C.), are
helping lead the younger guys in plays. They are introducing them to how
the Soul's offense and defense mesh on the field. The leadership roles
from the veterans show how the players can lead and guide one another to
the week is nearing its end towards first cuts, players stepping up to
their roles are proving they're here to stay. Two recent competitors,
Soul veteran linebacker Brandon Perkins (6'1", 245, Kansas) and previous
Jacksonville Jaguar defensive back David Richardson (6'2", 205, Cal
Poly), stepped onto the field for the first time this afternoon. Forced
into the swing of things, they picked up quickly with the pace and hard
hits. Veteran wide receiver Tiger Jones (5'11", 195, Louisville) will be
expected to start play at tomorrow's practice.
SPOTLIGHT: OL JASON TOWNSON (6'4", 315, Tennessee State): OL Jason
Townson is a rookie coming into Soul training camp. He was previously
with the IFL Bloomington Edge (2012) and the IFL Wenatchee Valley Venom
(2011). At Tennessee State he started 5-of-12 games played (2008) and
recorded 12 tackles (4 solo, 8 assists), one sack (7-yard loss) and two
quarterback hurries. He went to Hazelwood East High School where he was
regarded as No. 1 defensive line prospect out of the St. Louis area, and
ranked No. 16 overall in the state of Missouri according to Rivals.com.
He recorded 91 tackles, 6 sacks as a senior (2004) and was named First
Team All-State, All-Metro and All-Conference as a defensive lineman.
OF THE DAY: "Being back in Philly is like a home away from home," said
rookie DL Morkeith Brown. "I'm glad to be back here because it's not far
from my hometown in Harrisburg, where my mother and son live, so they
will be able to make every game this season. Having previous training
camp experience within the NFL has really helped me grow as a player. It
was a blessing to work with some of the best coaches and athletes, and
overall they helped me improve my footwork, how to use my hands better
and to analyze film more thoroughly. Those experiences will help me to
succeed in this camp."
TO BE ANOTHER CHAMPION: FB Tombe Kose (5'9", 240, Syracuse) is one of
the youngest guys on this season's 2013 roster. Playing for Syracuse,
they won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in 2010. Being a rookie among guys
with professional and indoor experience is no problem for Kose; he has
overcome more in life than most can imagine.
was born in Sudan, where his family was forced to flee to Kenya due to
civil war in their home country. A family from American sponsored them
to come to the United States when he was around the age of ten. They
moved to San Diego, California where they were thrown into a completely
different world. Kose worked hard on his English and soon began to love
the game of football.
in football, Kose found himself receiving a scholarship to attend
Syracuse University to play for them. He received Academic Honor Roll
while attending college and earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology.
Becoming the New Era Pinstripe Bowl Champions only pushed him to achieve
more. Through all of his triumphs in his life, going against older and
more experienced players will be nothing short of a breeze, as Kose
fights to gain a spot on the 2013 roster in hopes of winning the
Indoor Football League
Slaughter Look to Stay on Good Side of the Force
Force was strong in Chicago on their Star Wars Theme Night as the
Slaughter beat the Green Bay Blizzard by a score of 50-41. Darth Vader,
Storm Troopers, Jawas and more were on hand to greet Slaughter and Star
Wars fans upon arrival Saturday night.
Cody Kirby has appeared in all three games this season, but made his
first start Saturday. Kirby led the Slaughter offense completing 13 of
19 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown! He also ran 11 times for 46
yards and three touchdowns. For Kirby's outstanding play on the field,
he was awarded the Five Star Realty Star of the Game!
them for St. Patrick's Day as the Slaughter battle the Texas Revolution
at 2:05 PM. Show the Irish spirit and wear green. May the luck of the
Irish be with you as they will have Lucky Seat Drawings throughout the
are offering a FREE football mini camp to all children (ages 5-13) who
purchase a game ticket for the March 17 game. The one hour mini camp
with Slaughter players will begin at 11 AM. Camp will include passing,
catching, and speed & agility drills.
Ultimate Indoor Football League
Monsters Sign 2012 UIFL Offensive Player of the Year Aric Evans
Missouri Monsters professional indoor football team are pleased to
announce the signing of veteran wide receiver Aric Evans. Evans finished
the 2012 UIFL season as the leading receiver, and the top Receiver in
the league since inception.
played against Aric the last two season, I am thrilled to be on the
same team with him! Not only was he great on the field, but he was
heavily involved in community events for his team. We expect big things
from Aric, and know he will be a major contributor to the Monsters
organization." Said Monsters Owner Andrew Haines.
2012 while playing for the Eastern KY Drillers he caught 63 passes for
1,094 yards, and 29 touchdowns in just 10 games. On the defensive side
of the ball he had 3 interceptions, and a fumble recovery for a TD. He
set a season high for touchdowns in a game, and most receiving
touchdowns in a game with 6 against the Rampage. He holds the season
high records for most receiving yards in a game at 209 yards against the
Blue Racers, and 187 receiving yards against the Rampage. His 48 yard
reception against the Rampage is the 2nd longest reception of the 2012
season.Aric was named Offensive Player of the Year, and was named First
Team All-UIFL Wide Receiver for his efforts.
to the 2012 season, Aric began his professional football career with
the Eastern KY Drillers in the UIFL. During the 2011 season Aric caught
79 passes for 1,069 yards, and 33 touchdowns. He also contributed on
defense in the postseason with an interception. He was named First Team
All-UIFL Wide Receiver for the 2011 season.
played college football at UVA-WISE where he had over 100 receptions
for 2,980 yards, and 36 touchdowns during his four year career.
Monsters 2013 season kicks off this Friday night at Family Arena where
the Monsters will host the Corpus Christi (TX) Fury at 7:30pm. Tailgate
party starts at 4:30pm and parking is free until 5:00.