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Vipers announce signings

Tuesday November 13, 2007

Huntsville, AL- The Tennessee Valley Vipers have announced that they have signed quarterback Tony Colston and former Auburn receiver Marcel Willis for the 2008 AF2 season.

Colston, who previously played for the Vipers in 2006 before playing for the IFL’s Cen Tex Barracudas, spent last season with the Vipers, playing in ten games and passing for 941 yards and 16 touchdowns. The product of Tusculum College missed seven games last season due to a dislocated elbow on this non-throwing arm. “Tony had an outstanding college career and has all the attributes of a quarterback. He is a leader and has the potential, he just needs to learn the arena game a little better,” said Vipers head coach Dean Cokinos.

Willis, who played with the Auburn Tigers from 1999-2002, led the Tigers in receptions (31) and receiving yards (417) in 2002, and helped the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a victory over Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. The Vipers are also expected to sign  OL/DL Calvin Ousby in the next few days. Ousby, who played in limited action last season for the Vipers, played his collegiate football at Jackson State University.


Former Vipers Anthony Andriano and Farouk Adelekan have signed contracts with AFL teams. Andriano, who spent last season with the Vipers, collecting 6.5 tackles despite missing most of the season with a groin injury, has signed with the Arizona Rattlers, “I’m very happy to be part of the Rattlers organization. I’m getting myself ready for camp in February, and hopefully it will be a fun season. I really enjoyed my time with the Vipers. I had a great opportunity there, and I enjoyed the experience in Huntsville.”

Adelekan, who played last season for the Vipers and finished eighth on the team with 19.5 tackles in eleven games played, has signed a contract with the New York Dragons.

The Vipers will hold open tryouts on December 15th at 10:00am in the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. Tryouts will consist of 40-yard dash, short shuttle, individual drills and will be conducted on turf. The pre-registration fee is $40 and the registration fee on the day of the tryouts will be $50. Also, a waiver release form will need to be signed before registration.

Season tickets for the 2008 Tennessee Valley Vipers season, which include eight games played at the VBC, are now on sale by calling the Vipers at 256-428-4477 or online at