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Thursday September 25, 2014

 Twenty-Seven Players Slated To Return In 2015


Portland, Ore. – The 2015 Portland Thunder roster will be full of familiar faces. Today, the team announced it has exercised the option on 27 Arena Football League rookies that played in Portland last year.

The list is impressive, including All-Arena defensive backs Varmah Sonie and Bryce Peila and “Home Grown” Oregon stars like Darron Thomas, Peila, Brandon Tett, Brandon Lockheart, Dustin Risseeuw, Marquis Jackson, Zach Ramirez and Kevin Cummings.

Pos. Name Height Weight College
OL John Collins 6'4" 305 Harvard
WR Kevin Cummings 6'1" 185 Oregon St.
OL Stanley Daniels 6'4" 310 Washington
QB Nathan Enderle 6'4" 230 Idaho
DL/LB Marquis Jackson 6'4" 265 Portland St.
OL Max Jean-Gilles 6'4" 340 Georgia
DB Coryell Judie 6'0" 195 Texas A&M
WR James Kirkendoll 5'10" 185 Texas
OL/DL Brandon Lockheart 6'7" 315 Oregon St.
OL Abe Markowitz 6'1" 305 USC
OL John Martinez 6'2" 325 USC
WR Douglas McNeil III 6'3" 200 Bowie St.
DL Jake McDonough 6'5" 305 Iowa St.
OL Jeraill McCuller 6'7" 300 NC St.
DB Okechukwu Okoroha 6'0" 210 Boston College
DL Donte Paige-Moss 6'4" 280 North Carolina
DB Bryce Peila 6'1" 205 W. Oregon
K Zach Ramirez 6'1" 205 Portland St.
FB Dustin Risseeuw 6'2" 280 W. Oregon
WR Eric Rogers 6'4" 210 Cal-Lutheran
OL Aderious Simmons 6'7" 305 Arizona St.
DB Brian Smith 5'11" 180 Virginia Union
DB Varmah Sonie 5'8" 175 Northern Iowa
DL Brandon Tett 6'1" 270 Oregon
QB Darron Thomas 6'2" 215 Oregon
DB Dion Turner 6'0" 185 Southern Utah
WR Dontrel Watkins 6'2" 200 Utah St.
In addition to exercising rookie options, the Thunder also activated DL Jake McDonough from the Other League Exempt list and placed OL Stanley Daniels and FB Nick Torresso on League Suspension.

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