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Thursday October 2, 2008

October 2, 2008 – Spokane, WA: The Spokane Shock announced today that former North Carolina State DB Jimmie Sutton and former FS Chris Hemphill from Central Washington University have joined the 2009 roster.

Sutton, 5-10 188, was a three-year starter for the Wolfpack where he collected over 100 tackles with 10 pass break-ups and one interception in 34 games.

“With this opportunity, I can show everybody what I’m made of,” Sutton explained. “I’m going to bring a lot of energy and excitement to this team. With the team (the Shock) being consecutive winners, that’s definitely something that I want to be a part of.”

Hemphill, 6-5 235, started his collegiate career at the University of Washington where he played in 24 games. As a Husky, Hemphill tallied 44 tackles, two pass break-ups and one interception. In his final year of college football, Hemphill transferred to Central Washington University. As a Wildcat, he appeared in 13 games and registered 75 tackles with five interceptions, two pass break-ups, one forced fumbled and one blocked kick. Hemphill is expected to compete for a roster spot as a Jack LB.

For Hemphill, the Shock’s winning ways also had some appeal.

“The team has always done well – winning championships, going to the playoffs – and joining the team just seemed to be the right thing to do,” Hemphill said.

According to Head Coach Adam Shackleford, the athletic ability of both of these players is “outstanding.”

“Both of these players are extremely athletic at their positions,” Shackleford explained. “Jimmie Sutton went to NC State as a receiver, and after one spring session he moved to corner. He became the starter and never left the field. Chris Hemphill is big and athletic and in the past we have had success at that position (Jack LB) with those types of players. He is a guy who will be able to move sideline to sideline very effectively.”

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