Storm Acquires Wide Receiver Prechae Rodriguez
Wednesday June 22, 2016
Tampa native Prechae Rodriguez returns home to play for the Storm
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm has acquired veteran wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, announced vice president of football operations, Jeff Gooch.
“Prechae provides us with another target in our offensive system,” said Gooch. “He’s played in our system before and is a veteran of the game. We are looking forward to seeing him go to work on the field.”
Rodriguez (6-foot-5, 215 lbs., Auburn) enters his fifth season in the Arena Football League and second with the Storm. A local product out of Jefferson High School, Rodriguez joined the Storm for his rookie year in 2012. He set the League ablaze, reeling in 125 catches for 1,653 yards and 32 touchdowns, earning Rookie of the Year and MVP consideration. His 125 receptions tied the then Storm single-season franchise record and his 1,653 receiving yards were the most receiving yards by rookie in Storm history.
In 2013, Rodriguez would move on to the Orlando Predators where he continued to show his playmaking ability. He finished the season second on the team with 119 catches for 1,614 yards and 41 touchdowns. His 41 touchdowns set an Orlando franchise record. Rodriguez would spend time with the Pittsburgh Power in 2014 and the Jacksonville Sharks in 2015.
The Tampa, native began his professional career in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008. He earned CFL East Division Most Outstanding Rookie honors in 2008 and recorded 158 catches for 2,098 yards and 12 touchdowns during his time in the CFL.
Rodriguez began his collegiate career at Coffeyville Junior College and helped lead the team to a 10-2 record and No. 3 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association Poll. He would go on to transfer to Auburn where he appeared in 36 games for the Tigers.
The team also traded wide receiver Julius Gregory to the Arizona Rattlers, completing future considerations.
Gregory (6-foot-4, 225 lbs., Shaw) was in his second year with the Storm. Through six games, Gregory had 20 receptions for 261 yards and four touchdowns.
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