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Shock trade for WR Rod Harper

Sunday March 15, 2015

 Spokane moves DL Lewis to L.A. for veteran WR

Spokane, Wash. (March 15, 2015) – The Spokane Shock have traded defensive lineman Ronnell Lewis to the Los Angeles Kiss i for wide receiver Rod Harper.

Harper (6-0, 205, Murray State) joins the Shock for his third AFL season. Last season with the San Jose Sabercats, Harper saw action in 17 games and recorded a team-high 100 receptions for 1,027 yards and 18 touchdowns. During his rookie AFL season in 2012 with the Spokane Shock, Harper played in seven games and hauled in 51 receptions for 472 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Harper played his collegiate career at Murray State, where he led the team with 57 receptions for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007 and earned Second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. Harper went unselected in the 2008 NFL Draft but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers. Following his release from the team, he would spend time with the af2’s Arkansas Twisters in 2009 before signing a with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. He would not be active for any regular season games and a foot injury would land him on the injured reserve list, effectively ending his season. After his release from the Saints, Harper would go on to spend time with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, the Shock in 2012 and the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013.

“Rod is a proven receiver in this league based off his production for the Shock in 2012 and his performance last season with San Jose,” said Shock head coach Andy Olson. “His leadership and athletic abilities will be a strong addition to our roster and we’re looking forward to having him back in Spokane.”

Lewis (6-3, 260, Oklahoma) has been traded to the Los Angeles Kiss. He was assigned to the Shock’s pre-season roster on December 9, 2014 and will be entering his rookie AFL season in 2015. He was drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 2012 where he saw action in eight games and recorded a pair of tackles. During his career as a Sooner, Lewis competed in 34 total contests and started 14 as he recorded 118 total tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks.


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SHOCK UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
Monday, March 16 (5-7 p.m.): Shock Season Ticket Pick-up at The Black Diamond in Spokane Valley
Tuesday, March 17 (6-7 p.m.): First Shock Coach’s Show of 2015 at The Bar @ Pizza Pipeline
Friday, March 20 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Sponsor Ticket Pick-up at Shock Training Facility
Saturday, March 21 (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.): Final training camp scrimmage, final roster cut down day

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