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VooDoo trade for James McClinton

Thursday April 30, 2015

 NEW ORLEANS - Looking to bolster a defensive front with just four sacks on the season the VooDoo have traded for three year AFL veteran nose guard James McClinton (6-0, 310).

This season McClinton has appeared in three games for both Jacksonville and Los Angeles recording six tackles and three sacks. Last season in 14 games with the Iowa Barnstormers and Jacksonville Sharks McClinton racked up 24.5 tackles and nine sacks.

McClinton made his rookie debut in the AFL for this week's opponent the Spokane Shock during 2011, recording a half-tackle in his lone appearance against his future team Jacksonville.

After earning a camp invitation from the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, McClinton spent four seasons in the Indoor Football League playing for the Green Bay Blizzard from 2010-2013. In four seasons he played 41 games, tallied 92 tackles with 23 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles while helping lead the Blizzard to three playoff berths.

During his junior and senior seasons at Kansas, McClinton was selected All-Big 12 by a variety of publications including the Associated Press,, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News, and Houston Chronicle. Not just a leader on the field, McClinton made a great impact off the field as well, earning a spot on the Big 12 Good Works team.

McClinton would finish his career in Lawrence with 118 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 43 games played, with 36 starts. His performances helped lead the Jayhawks to victory in the 2008 Orange Bowl, their first Orange Bowl victory since 1968.

TRANSACTION: VooDoo have acquired DL James McClinton from the Los Angeles Kiss via trade. Los Angeles receives future considerations.

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