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AFL Press Release

Impressive crop of veterans available in 2009 free agency

Wednesday October 1, 2008

Last three ArenaBowl MVPs available

NEW YORK – 2008 Champs Sports Quarterback of the Year MATT D’ORAZIO (ArenaBowl XX, XXII) and 2008 Russell Athletic Team Leader of the Year QB MARK GRIEB (ArenaBowl XVIII, XXI), MVPs of four ArenaBowls, including the last three, and opponents in the most recent title game on July 27, headline a list of 172 free agents who are eligible to be contacted by teams today.

The list of notable free agents includes: FB MARLION JACKSON, who led the AFL in rushing yards (356) and attempts (108) and tied for the AFL lead in rushing touchdowns with 23; WR CHARLES FREDERICK, 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year; DB RASHAD FLOYD, three-time All-Arena Second Team honoree and DB DAMON MASON, the all-time leading tackler in professional football history. 

The list also features 2008 All-Arena players FB/LB DUKE PETTIJOHN and DB EDDIE MOTEN and All-Ironman selections WR/LB LAWRENCE SAMUELS and FB/LB MARLON MOYE-MOORE.

Two notable “street” free agents, who are available to sign with any team, are QB SHERDRICK BONNER and WR DAMIAN HARRELL. Bonner, named one of the 20 Greatest Players in AFL history (No. 8) as voted by the AFL 20 Seasons Historical Committee, currently ranks third all-time in passing attempts (5,435), completions (3,361), yards (42,295) and touchdowns (855). Harrell, the former two-time AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2005-06), is currently the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (320), ranks third in receiving yards (13,046) and fourth in receptions (987).

A complete list of 2009 AFL free agents and their 2008 teams:


ARIZONA RATTLERS: FB/LB Marvin Brown (5-11, 260, Alabama), DB Terrance Joseph (6-1, 201, Tulsa), DL Jeff Ruffin (6-4, 295, Illinois), QB Matt Sauk (6-1, 225, Utah St.), DL Demetrios Walker (6-3, 260, Middle Tennessee St).

CHICAGO RUSH: WR/DB BJ Barre (6-0, 200, Ohio St.), WR Ryan Dennard, (6-3, 227, Arizona St.), LB Liam Ezekiel (6-0, 240, Northeastern), K Todd France (6-3, 200, Toledo), FB John Peaua (6-2, 280, Nevada), OL John Sikora (6-4, 280, Slippery Rock), DB Jeremy Unertl (6-1, 210, WI-La Crosse), DB Talib Wise (5-10, 200, Nevada).

CLEVELAND GLADIATORS: QB Rohan Davey (6-3, 245, LSU), FB/LB Marlion Jackson (6-1, 255, Saginaw Valley St.), WR/LB Ron Johnson (6-3, 222, Minnesota), OL Kimani Jones (6-4, 310, Arkansas St.), WR/DB Willis Marshall (5-9, 193, Youngstown St.), OL/DL Ramon Richardson (6-2, 295, Oklahoma), DL Bryant Shaw (6-3, 287, Mississippi College).

COLORADO CRUSH: QB Jon Beutjer (6-5, 220, Illinois), DB Michael Bragg (6-1, 195, Texas A&M-Kingsville), DB Dion Byrum (5-11, 180, Ohio), DB Rashad Floyd (6-0, 180, Portland St.), OL Joey Hollenbeck (6-4, 320, Washington St.), QB Brandon Kirsch (6-2, 213, Purdue), WR Anthony Merritt (5-11, 195, North Alabama), WR Brad Pyatt (5-11, 187, Northern Colorado), WR Willie Quinnie (6-2, 176, UAB), DL Nick Rogers (6-2, 270, Georgia Tech), DL Lauvale Sape (6-1, 207, Utah), OL/DL Chris Watton (6-3, 291, Baylor), WR Wendall Williams (6-0, 190, Rhode Island).

COLUMBUS DESTROYERS: DB Nate Coggins (6-1, 210, West Georgia), DB Kevin Gaines (6-1, 205, Louisville), DL Michael Landry (6-3, 305, Southern), WR Rasheed Marshall (6-1, 190, West Virginia), WR/LB Tremaine Neal (6-3, 225, Valdosta St.), DL Saul Patu (6-3, 260, Oregon), DL Prentice Purnell (6-3, 320, West Georgia), WR Jerome Riley (6-2, 200, Washington St.), WR Calvin Russell (6-0, 190, Tuskegee), DL Derrick Strong (6-3, 275, Illinois) DL Mike Sutton (6-4, 275, LSU), LB Leroy Thompson (6-2, 270, Delaware St.).

DALLAS DESPERADOS: DB Chris Brown (6-2, 200, Grambling), QB Jason Fife (6-4, 225, Oregon), DB Donvetis Franklin (5-11, 210, Michigan St.), DL Winfield Garnett (6-6, 320, Ohio St.), DB Michael Hawkins (6-2, 190, Oklahoma), WR Marcus Nash (6-4, 220, Tennessee), WR/LB Bobby Perry (6-3, 210, Prairie View A&M), FB/LB Duke Pettijohn (6-2, 255, Syracuse), OL/DL Rickie Simpkins (6-3, 295, Syracuse), DL Daleroy Stewart (6-4, 327, Southern Mississippi).

GEORGIA FORCE: OL/DL Ernest Allen (6-4, 300, Cincinnati), WR/DB Cornelius Bonner (6-0, 200, Cincinnati), OL Corey Davis (6-3, 325, James Madison), DB Willie Gary (5-10, 185, Kentucky), LB Donny Green (6-3, 260, Virginia), WR Damien Groce (5-10, 180, Iowa St.), LB Eric Johnson (6-0, 241, Nebraska), QB Andy Kelly (6-3, 220, Tennessee), FB Bruce McClure (6-5, 305, Oklahoma), DB Hamin Milligan (6-2, 195, Houston), DB JoJo Polk (6-0, 193,  Northeastern St.), OL/DL Jermaine Smith (6-3, 290, Georgia), DL Will Thompson (6-2, 261, Georgia), DB James Whitley (5-11, 185, Michigan).

GRAND RAPIDS RAMPAGE: QB Tom Arth (6-4, 220, John Carroll), DB Ryan Bowers (6-1, 210, Presbyterian College), K Brian Gowins (5-10, 180, Northwestern), C/OL Juan Porter (6-3, 310, Ohio St.), FB Chris Ryan (6-0, 305, Clark GA), OL Josh Sewell (6-2, 315, Nebraska), WR/LB Jason Shelley (6-2, 195, Central St.), OL Nick Steitz (6-4, 320, Oregon), OL Fitu Tuua (6-5, 335, Fresno St.).

KANSAS CITY BRIGADE: DL Chris Demaree (6-3, 265, Kentucky), DL Arrion Dixon (6-4, 308, Arkansas), WR Charles Frederick (5-11, 195, Washington), DB Will Holder (6-0, 192, Monmouth), OL Ed Ta'amu (6-2, 335, Utah).

LOS ANGELES AVENGERS: OL Branden Hall (6-4, 330, Troy), OL Clay Harrell (6-2, 300, Northern St.), DL Justin Hickman (6-1, 265, UCLA), QB Tim Hicks (6-4, 240, West Liberty St.), DB Clarence Lawson (5-6, 195, Utah), OL Matt McGhghy (6-3, 320, Northern Illinois), DB Arnold Parker (6-2, 215, Utah), LB Brandon Perkins (6-1, 235, Kansas), WR Terrence Stubbs (5-11, 195, Temple), WR/DB LaShaun Ward (6-0, 200, California).

NEW ORLEANS VOODOO: QB Steve Bellisari (6-3, 225, Ohio St.), DB Chris Brown (6-2, 195, UAB), WR Javarus Dudley (6-0, 190, Fordham), WR Ira Gooch (6-0, 195, Central Michigan), WR Tyronne Jones (5-9, 178, Grambling), WR James Jordan (6-2, 230, Louisiana Tech), OL Adam Metts (6-1, 280, North Carolina), FB Umar Muhammad (5-11, 270, North Texas), OL Brian Rimpf (6-5, 315, East Carolina), K Jonathan Ruffin (5-11, 174, Cincinnati), DB Calvin Spears (6-0, 195, Grambling), DB Nick Ward (5-11, 190, Miami FL), QB Danny Wimprine  (6-3, 236, Memphis).

NEW YORK DRAGONS: WR Chris Anthony (6-3, 200, Iowa St.), FB/LB Ricky Hall (6-3, 290, Marshall), C/OL Joe Laudano (6-2, 290, Temple), DB Delmonico Montgomery (6-0, 203, Houston), OL/DL Greg Randall (6-6, 335, Michigan St.), WR Kevin Swayne (6-2, 185, Wayne St. NE), QB Juston Wood (6-2, 220, Portland St.).

ORLANDO PREDATORS: FB/LB Johnnie Balous (6-3, 265, Oklahoma), DL Darrell Campbell (6-4, 290, Notre Dame), DB Ahmad Carroll (5-10, 180, Arkansas), OL Jonathan Clinkscale (6-3, 320, Wisconsin), QB Jake Eaton (6-2, 220, Maine), K Dan Frantz         (6-1, 200, Portland St.), WR Chas Gessner (6-5, 218, Brown), OL Jasper Harvey (6-3, 315, San Diego St.), OL Chris Jahnke (6-5, 315, Indiana), QB Matt Kohn (6-2, 205, Indianapolis), OL/DL Greg Krause (6-4, 320, New Hampshire), OL/DL Doug Miller (6-2, 300, Howard), LB John Mohring (6-1, 217, Georgia Southern), FB/LB Marlon Moye-Moore (6-3, 250, Maryland), DB Khalid Naziruddin (5-9, 185, Texas Tech), WR/DB Kevin Nickerson (5-8, 165, Central Missouri), DL Elton Patterson (6-2, 270, Central Florida), DL Cleveland Pinkney (6-0, 300, South Carolina), OL Jim Sodano (6-3, 315, East Stroudsburg), QB Shane Stafford (6-2, 215, Connecticut), K John Vaughn (6-0, 190, Auburn).

PHILADELPHIA SOUL: DL Kevin Carberry (6-2, 285, Ohio), OL Justin Cleveland (6-2, 320, Siena College), QB Matt D'Orazio (6-4, 230, Otterbein), OL/DL Anthony Dunn (6-3, 251, Northern Colorado), QB Tony Graziani (6-3, 215, Oregon), WR Brent Holmes (5-10, 175, Texas A&M-Kingsville), LB Craig Kobel (6-2, 250, South Florida), DB Brian Mance (5-10, 185, Clemson), DB Eddie Moten (5-10, 185, Texas A&M-Kingsville), LB Raheem Orr (6-3, 260, Rutgers), WR Sean Scott (6-2, 200, Millersville), WR Darius Watts (6-3, 205, Marshall), DB Dee Webb (6-0, 190, Florida).

SAN JOSE SABERCATS: WR Jamall Broussard (5-9, 175, San Jose St.), DB Trestin George (5-9, 180, San Jose St.), QB Mark Grieb (6-2, 215, CA-Davis), QB Scott Rislov (6-1, 222, San Jose St.), WR Cleannord Saintil (6-0, 190, Middle Tennessee St.), FB Daimon Shelton (6-0, 262, Sacramento St.).

TAMPA BAY STORM: DL Tom Briggs (6-4, 275, West Virginia), QB Stoney Case (6-3, 220, New Mexico), K Seth Marler (6-1, 190, Tulane), C/OL Marcus Owen (6-4, 330, Kansas), DB Traco Rachal (6-2, 200, Texas A&M-Commerce), WR Lawrence Samuels (6-3, 220, West Alabama), DL Nyle Wiren (6-4, 250, Kansas St.).

UTAH BLAZE: DB Eddie Canonico (6-1, 195, Sacramento St.), DL John Culp (6-5, 295, Kansas), FB/LB Rodney Filer (6-3, 260, Iowa), OL Rob Gatrell (6-5, 290, Fresno St.), QB Jason Gesser (6-1, 210, Washington St.), DL Vaka Manupuna (6-1, 305, Colorado), DB Damon Mason (5-9, 195, LA-Lafayette), WR/LB J.J. McKelvey (6-4, 225, Clemson), DL Dwayne Missouri (6-5, 285, Northwestern), FB/LB Kautai Olevao (6-2, 275, Utah), WR/DB Tom Pace (5-11, 200, Arizona St.), K Steve Videtich (6-2, 205, North Carolina St.).