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Sacramento Mountain Lions Game Notes

September 28, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) Sacramento Mountain Lions

GAME 2: MOUNTAIN LIONS, OMAHA IN SEARCH OF FIRST VICTORY

Game: 2

Omaha at Sacramento

Hornet Stadium

Saturday, Oct. 1 2011

Kickoff: 4 p.m. (Pacific)

TV: COMCAST SPORTSNET

CALIFORNIA

Radio: KHTK (1140 AM)

2011 Mountain Lions Schedule

Date Opponent Time/Score

All Times Pacific

9/17 LAS VEGAS L 23-17

9/24 BYE

10/1 OMAHA 4 p.m.

10/7 at Virginia 4 p.m.

10/15 VIRGINIA 4 p.m.

10/22 at LAS VEGAS 7 p.m.

10/28 at Omaha 5 p.m.

2011 UFL Standings

Team W-L Pct.

Virginia 2-0 .000

Las Vegas 1-1 .000

Sacramento 0-1 .000

Omaha 0-1 .000

This Week's Game (Times Pacific)

Oct. 1, Omaha at Sacramento, 4 p.m.

THE GAME

Both the Sacramento Mountain Lions and the Omaha Nighthawks opened the 2011 season with a loss so this game is very key for both teams. Sacramento lost to visiting Las Vegas 23-17 in the opener, not able to come all the way back after trailing 17-3 at the half. Omaha lost to the visiting Virginia Destroyers 23-13 in its season opener. In the last meeting between these two teams the Mountain Lions crushed the Nighthawks 41-3 in Sacramento on Nov. 13 of 2010. Mountain Lions running back CORY ROSS lit up the Nighthawks in the game with 125 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries. He also caught six passes for 39 yards.

MOUNTAIN LIONS HOME GAMES ON COMCAST SPORTSNET CALIFORNIA; KHTK 1140 WILL AIR HOME AND AWAY GAMES

Each Mountain Lions home game will be aired live on Comcast SportsNet California in 2011. The broadcast team includes Grant Napear (play-by-play), Jerry Glanville (color analyst), Mike Pawlawski (color analyst), Mike Lamb (color analyst) and Dan Dibley (sideline reporter). Comcast SportsNet California will also air the Mountain Lions road opener, at Virginia, on Oct. 7. KHTK 1140 will air each Mountain Lions game, home and away, live on the radio. Scott Marsh is the play-by-play man for the KHTK broadcasts while former NFL linebacker Adrian Ross is the color analyst. Ross is a local product from Elk Grove High and he played his college football at Colorado State before playing in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals (1998-2003).

2010 MOUNTAIN LIONS IN THE NFL

Five players who were on the 2010 Mountain Lions roster opened the 2011 season in the NFL. Fullback TYLER CLUTTS is starting for the Chicago Bears while RICHARD BARTEL is the No. 2 quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Defensive back ANDREW SENDEJO opened the season for the New York Jets, playing in the first regular-season game. The team released him on Sept. 28. In addition receiver ROD WINDSOR (Cleveland Browns) and offensive lineman MIKE TEPPER (Indianapolis Colts) are on NFL practice squads. Each NFL team carries eight practice-squad players. Four more 2010 Mountain Lions were with NFL teams during the preseason this year but were cut prior to the start of the 2011 NFL regular season. Among this group are tight end NATE LAWRIE (San Francisco 49ers), kicker FABRIZIO SCACCIA (San Francisco 49ers), receiver JOE WEST (St. Louis Rams) and defensive end AJ SCHABLE (Seattle Seahawks). Another 2010 Mountain Lion, linebacker/ defensive end CURTIS YOUNG, won a Super Bowl ring with the Green Bay Packers last year as a member of the practice squad. Scaccia is back with the Mountain Lions this season.

MOUNTAIN LIONS RB CORY ROSS CLOSING IN ON 1,000 UFL RUSHING YARDS

Sacramento Mountain Lions star running back Cory Ross, in his third year playing for coach Dennis Green in the UFL, is the league's all-time leading rusher with 942 yards. He will become the first player to rush for 1,000 career yards if he can gain 58 on the ground against Omaha. Ross rushed for 45 yards in the season-opening loss to Las Vegas. Ross, the UFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, also is at the top of the UFL's charts in career receptions with 75 . . . Ross played in four regular-season games for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and got into another six games in 2007. As a member of the Ravens, Ross injured his ankle in the final preseason game of 2008 and took an injury settlement.

MOUNTAIN LIONS HEAD COACH DENNIS GREEN

Sacramento head coach Dennis Green was a head coach in the NFL for 13 seasons (Minnesota and Arizona) and this is his third year as a UFL head coach. He led the California Redwoods to a 2-4 record in 2009 and the Mountain Lions went 4-4 in 2010. The Redwoods moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento in 2010. He was also the head coach at Northwestern (1981-85) and at Stanford (1989-91) and he won a Super Bowl ring in January of 1989 while serving as an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

2011 SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Number Name Guide

72 Patrick AFIF Uh-Feef

50 Victor AIYEWA Aye-E-Wa

5 MCLEOD Bethel-Thompson Mick-Cloud

41 KAI Brown KY

40 John BUSING Bee-Sing

52 Prince KWATENG Kwa-Tang

77 Tyler LUELLEN LOU ELLEN

9 FABRIZIO SCACCIA FAB-Bree-Zee-o SKA-Chia

51 Mike TAUILIILI TAO-E-LEE-E-LEE

56 DONTARRIUS Thomas Don-Tear-Re-us

73 TORRIN Tucker Tore-In

98 EKOM UDOFIA A-com You-Doe-Fee-uh

2011 Sacramento Mountain Lions Numerical Roster

No. Last name First Name Pos Ht Wt DoB College

1 MALONE TOM P 6'0 205 3/29/84 USC

5 BETHEL-THOMPSON MCLEOD QB 6'3 230 7/3/88 SACRAMENTO STATE

7 HARRIS TREVOR QB 6'3 235 5/31/86 EDINBORO

9 SCACCIA FABRIZIO K 6'1 210 8/21/84 NO COLLEGE

10 AMEY OTIS WR 5'10 192 12/4/81 SACRAMENTO STATE

11 WILLIAMS REGGIE WR 6'4 212 5/17/83 WASHINGTON

13 MAXWELL MARCUS WR 6'3 210 7/8/83 OREGON

15 COLBURN RYAN QB 6'3 220 11/8/86 FRESNO STATE

20 ROSS CORY RB 5'6 201 9/22/82 NEBRASKA

21 PRUDE RONNIE CB 5'11 180 6/4/82 LSU

22 KEYES DENNIS DB 6'2 199 3/26/85 UCLA

23 POOLE WILL CB 5'10 193 7/24/81 USC

24 ANDERSON VICTOR DB 6'2 215 10/12/85 SE MISSOURI

25 MAZE TERRELL CB 5'10 172 3/14/84 SAN DIEGO STATE

26 BAYLARK STEVE RB 6'0 206 7/28/83 MASSACHUSETTS

28 WASHINGTON JOHN-DAVID RB 5'9 208 4/28/84 MOREHOUSE

30 COLLINS MANNY DB 5'10 190 8/2/84 RUTGERS

31 BOURNE II ROBERT DB 6'1 208 1/27/84 COLORADO STATE

32 PHILLIPS JERMAINE DB 6'2 230 3/27/79 GEORGIA

33 DIXON ANDRE RB 6'1 210 2/19/86 CONNECTICUT

40 BUSING JOHN DS 6'2 231 9/1/83 MIAMI (OH)

41 BROWN KAI TE 6'3 240 2/12/86 BROWN

42 KING AARON LS 6'1 245 1/30/85 TEXAS-EL PASO

44 STONE GALEN TE 6'2 235 9/1/88 SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

45 ALI CHARLES FB 6'2 255 8/23/84 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF

50 AIYEWA VICTOR LB 6'1 219 2/4/89 WASHINGTON

51 TAUILIILI MIKE LB 5'11 235 10/29/86 DUKE

52 KWATENG PRINCE LB 6'2 230 11/19/86 NORTHWESTERN

54 PALMER RONNIE LB 6'3 245 3/29/86 ARIZONA

55 CRUM MAURICE DE 6'0 230 5/28/86 NOTRE DAME

56 THOMAS DONTARRIOUS LB 6'2 240 9/2/80 AUBURN

60 SPANOS MATT OL 6'5 305 12/31/84 USC

62 ROBERTSON ERIK OL 6'2 310 10/4/84 CALIFORNIA

67 QUARTERMAN KURT OL 6'5 381 10/5/83 LOUISVILLE

69 SEAWRIGHT JONAS DL 6'6 330 4/12/82 NORTH CAROLINA

72 AFIF PATRICK OT 6'7 313 3/20/83 WASHINGTON STATE

73 TUCKER TORRIN OL 6'6 320 12/25/79 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

76 HOWELL NICHOLAS OL 6'5 290 10/10/86 USC

75 LIGHTBODY SAM OL 6'9 325 8/22/81 WASHINGTON STATE

77 LUELLEN TYLER OT 6'6 300 7/25/84 MISSOURI

79 PETERSON GREG DT 6'5 290 1/21/84 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL

80 FOSTER JAYSON WR 5'7 175 7/22/85 GEORGIA SOUTHERN

82 MOORE KENNY WR 5'11 195 2/19/85 WAKE FOREST

83 WOODS AARON WR 5'6 180 8/5/86 PORTLAND STATE

85 JONES DOMINIQUE TE 6'3 250 8/15/87 SHEPHERD

90 PARKER JASON DE 6'3 265 1/23/85 ARIZONA

91 WILLIAMS WILLIE DT 6'4 305 9/19/84 LOUISVILLE

96 COULTER BRIAN DE 6'4 259 10/2/85 MISSOURI

97 SAVAGE JOSH DE 6'4 276 9/28/80 UTAH

98 UDOFIA EKOM DT 6'2 315 8/3/87 STANFORD

99 STEWART JASON NT 6'1 320 11/14/80 FRESNO STATE

2011 Mountain Lions Depth Chart

Offense

QB: 15 Ryan Colburn 5 McLeod Bethel-Thompson 7 Trevor Harris

FB: 44 Galen Stone 45 Charles Ali

RB: 20 Cory Ross 26 John David Washington 26 Steve Baylark 33 Andre Dixon

WR: 13 Marcus Maxwell 83 Aaron Woods 81 Kenny Moore

LT: 77 Tyler Luellen 72 Patrick Afif

LG: 73 Torrin Tucker

C: 60 Matt Spanos 62 Erik Robertson

RG: 67 Kurt Quarterman

RT: 75 Sam Lightbody 76 Nicholas Howell

TE: 41 Kai Brown 85 Dominique Jones WR: 11 Reggie Williams 10 Otis Amey 80 Jayson Foster

Defense:

LE: 97 Josh Savage 79 Greg Peterson

DT: 99 Jason Stewart 91 Willie Williams

DT: 69 Jonas Seawright 98 Ekom Udofia

RE: 90 Jason Parker 96 Brian Coulter

SLB: 55 Maurice Crum 52 Prince Kwateng 50 Victor Aiyewa

MLB: 51 Mike Tauiliili 54 Ronnie Palmer

WLB: 56 Dontarrious Thomas

LCB: 21 Ronnie Prude 23 Will Poole 30 Manny Collins

FS: 32 Jermaine Phillips 24 Victor Anderson

SS: 40 John Busing 22 Dennis Keyes

RCB: 25 Terrell Maze 31 Robert Bourne

Specialists

P: 1 Tom Malone

K: 9 Fabrizio Scaccia

LS: 42 Aaron King

Coaching Staff

Head Coach/General Manager Dennis Green

Defensive Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator Martin Bayless

Offensive Coordinator Mike Kruczek

Offensive Assistant Kurt Beathard

Defensive Assistant Jeff Burris

Wide Receivers Charles Collins

Linebackers Kurt Gouveia

Player Personnel/Secondary Coach Robert Griffith

Defensive Line Carl Hairston

Defensive/Special Teams Assistant Steven Hoppe

Assistant Secondary Randy Hanson

Tight Ends/Asst. Offensive Line Bill Khayat

Running Back/Quality Control James MacPherson

Offensive Line Robert McFarland

Director of Football Operations Sid Pillai

Football Administrative Assistant John Tice

Assistant Athletic Training Carl Barnett

Strength and Conditioning Chris Clausen

Operations Intern Sam Cole

Assistant Equipment Manager Matthew Garber

Assistant Athletic Trainer Katsu Ichihara

Coaching Intern George Jackson

Video Assistant Mike McCormack

Head Athletic Traininer Sarah Muslim

Video Assistant TJ Sidlauskas

Equipment Assistant Tyler Thoms

Head Equipment Manager Bruce Wick

Video Director Garrett Wolfe

#1 P TOM MALONE 6-0 205 USC 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Malone enters his second season with the Mountain Lions and third overall season with the UFL. He has spent time with three NFL organizations - the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Punted twice for 101 yards, an average of 50.5. His long was 63 yards and he had one touchback . . .

#5 QB MCLEOD BETHEL-THOMPSON 6-3 230 SACRAMENTO STATE 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Bethel-Thompson started his college career at UCLA but he played at Sacramento State for the last three seasons. He spent the entire 2011 pre-season with the San Francisco 49ers and was signed to the practice squad before being released just before the start of the regular season. He played in five games as a freshman at UCLA and played in 18 games despite dealing with injuries at Sac State.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Did not play . . .

#7 QB TREVOR HARRIS 6-3 235 EDINBORO 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Harris has NFL experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played in two preseason games in 2010, combining to complete 14-of-21 passes for 116 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He was released prior to the 2010 season. Harris also played for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in 2011.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Did not play . . .

#9 K FABRIZIO SCACCIA 6-1 210 No College 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Scaccia had a strong season for the Mountain Lions in 2010 and finished up the 2010 season as a backup with the San Francisco 49ers. He was one of the 49ers final cuts prior to the 2011 NFL regular season. Scaccia played his first season of professional football with the Arizona Rattlers in 2010 (Arena Football League). Spent six seasons in semi-pro football with the St. Lucie Bobcats prior to playing in the AFL. He is a member of the Minor League Football Hall of Fame. Hit a 68-yard field goal in semi-pro play, the longest field goal in semi-pro/pro history without a tee. Scaccia Attended Indian River State College but didn't play football due to his semi-pro career.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 1-of-2 field goals, making a 43-yard field goal and missing one from the same distance. He was also 2-for-2 on extra points . . .

#10 WR OTIS AMEY 5-10 192 SACRAMENTO STATE 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Amey, who had a record-breaking career at Sacramento State, was with the Mountain Lions for the 2010 season (16 catches, 148 yards). Amey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. He played in 11 regular season games that season and scored a touchdown the first time he ever touched the ball (75-yard punt return). Also played in preseason games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Was an Arena Football League star from 2007-08, combining for 201 receptions for 2,549 yards and 66 touchdowns. Played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2009.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught three balls for 16 yards, his longest reception going for six yards . . .

#11 WR REGGIE WILLIAMS 6-4 212 WASHINGTON 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Williams was the No. 9 pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the third receiver taken in that year's draft behind current NFL players Larry Fitzgerald (No. 2) and Roy Williams (No. 7). Williams remained with the Jaguars through the 2008 season, totaling 189 catches for 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best statistical season came in 2007, when Williams caught 38 passes for 629 yards and a team-record 10 touchdown receptions. Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April of 2010 but was released in June of 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught a team-high six passes for 59 yards, including a six-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Colburn in the third quarter. This was the Mountain Lions first touchdown of the season . . .

#13 WR MARCUS MAXWELL 6-3 210 OREGON 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Maxwell began his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers (2005-2006 - played in total of four games). Maxwell, 27, also spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Bucs and the Baltimore Ravens and starred in NFL Europe. Maxwell was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in August of 2010. Maxwell caught 11 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown for the Mountain Lions in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught five passes for a team-high 74 yards, with a long of 39 yards . . .

#15 QB RYAN COLBURN 6-3 220 FRESNO STATE 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Colburn was a star at Fresno State over the last two years. He was 227-360 (63.1 %) for 2,817 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2010 and 181-298 (60.7 %) for 2,459 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2009. He also ran for five touchdowns over the last two years. He spent part of the 2011 off-season in camp with the New Orleans Saints and says he learned a lot from Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Colburn was born in Sacramento but moved at a young age. He still has lots of family in the Sacramento area.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Completed 26-of-35 passes for 256 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his first game as a professional. Also ran four times for 10 yards . . .

#20 RB CORY ROSS 5-6 201 NEBRASKA 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Ross led the UFL in rushing in 2009 as a member of the California Redwoods as he piled up 462 yards on 117 carries. He followed that up with a fantastic 2010 in Sacramento, leading the league in receptions (56) and receiving yards (443). He also gained 435 yards on the ground and scored five total touchdowns for the second year in a row. He was named the UFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. Ross played in four regular season games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2006 and got into another six games in 2007. As a member of the Ravens, Ross injured his ankle in the final preseason game of 2008 and took an injury settlement.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Carried the ball 14 times for 48 yards and caught four passes for 33 yards . . .

#21 DB RONNIE PRUDE 5-11 180 LSU 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Prude was second on the California Redwoods with 31 tackles in 2009 and was eighth on the Mountain Lions with 22 tackles in 2010. He also led Sacramento with eight passes defended last year. Prude played in 30 NFL regular season games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2006-07, recording 22 tackles, six pass defenses, two interceptions and one touchdown. Also spent part of the 2009 off-season with the Atlanta Falcons.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 4.5 tackles and broke up a pass . . .

#22 DB DENNIS KEYES 6-2 199 UCLA 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Keyes was with the Mountain Lions in 2010. He was fifth on the team with 36 tackles and he also had a pass defended and forced a fumble. Keyes was chosen in the eight round (36th overall) of the 2010 UFL Draft by Sacramento. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and finished the season on the practice squad. Keyes was cut by the Cardinals in August of 2009.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#23 DB WILL POOLE 5-10 193 USC 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Played in 15 regular-season games for the Miami Dolphins and was with Miami until 2006. He has also spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs (2007-08), Toronto Argonauts (2007-09) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2010).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made three tackles . . .

#24 DB VICTOR ANDERSON 6-2 215 SE MISSOURI 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Anderson actually played quarterback in college, switching to defense near the end of his junior season at Southeast Missouri in 2007. He started six of the first seven games at quarterback that year.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#25 DB TERRELL MAZE 5-10 172 SAN DIEGO STATE 3rd UFL

Season

PREVIOUSLY: Enters his second season with the Mountain Lions and third overall season with the UFL. He entered the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 but was released prior to the regular season. He has also spent time in the Arena Football League and the Italian Football League.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 0.5 tackles . . .

#26 RB STEVE BAYLARK 6-0 206 MASSACHUSETTS 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Baylark is entering his third UFL season and his second under head coach Dennis Green and the Mountain Lions. He rushed 19 times for 86 yards and a touchdown for Sacramento in 2010. Baylark has also played for the Arizona Cardinals organization in 2007 and 2008. He played on the practice squad for the Denver Broncos in 2008.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Carried the ball twice for nine yards. Also made a tackle on special teams . . .

#28 RB JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON 5-9 208 MOREHOUSE 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Washington enters his third UFL season under head coach Dennis Green. He scored two touchdowns as a back-up to UFL Offensive MVP Cory Ross in 2010. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and spent 2006 and 2007 on the St. Louis Rams practice squad. He also played in NFL Europe in 2007. Washington is the son of Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and appeared as a student in the movie 'Malcolm X', which starred his father in the title role. John David's parents, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, roamed the sidelines for the Mountain Lions home games in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Carried the ball five times for 17 yards, with a long of eight yards . . .

#30 DB MANNY COLLINS 5-10 190 RUTGERS 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Collins spent the 2010 season with the Hartford Colonials, knocking down a team-high six passes and finishing third on the team in tackles with 31. He spent much of the 2007 season on the New York Jets practice squad and he was released by the Jets in April of 2008.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#31 DB ROBERT BOURNE 6-1 208 COLORADO STATE 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Bourne enters his second season with the Mountain Lions. He broke his leg during the fourth game last year and missed the rest of the season. Bourne previously played under the name Robert Herbert. He started all 12 games as a junior at Colorado State in 2005 and earned honorable mention for All-Mountain West Conference honors.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#32 DB JERMAINE PHILLIPS 6-2 230 GEORGIA 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Phillips played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-09, winning a Super Bowl ring in 2002. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2002. He played 96 regular-season games for Tampa Bay and had 74 regular-season starts. He had 11 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, three sacks and 332 tackles in his time with the Bucs. He played with the Omaha Nighthawks in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made one tackle . . .

#33 RB ANDRE DIXON 6-1 210 CONNECTICUT 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 UFL Draft. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010 in his first year as a pro. Rushed for 94 yards on 21 carries in the season-opening victory over Sacramento in 2010. Finished the 2010 season second on the team with 241 rushing yards, second to Lorenzo Booker, who joined the Minnesota Vikings following the season. He spent training camp with the Mountain Lions in 2010 and was brought back to the team following the game-one loss to Las Vegas. Finished college with an explosive senior season at UCONN (1093 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns; 112 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Not with team . . .

#40 DB JOHN BUSING 6-2 231 MIAMI (OH) 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Busing played four years in the NFL, combining for 43 games for the Cincinnati Bengals (2006-08) and the Houston Texans (2009). He recorded 32 tackles and had an interception while playing in all 16 games for Houston in 2009. He didn't play in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 3.5 tackles and broke up a pass . . .

#41 TE KAI BROWN 6-3 240 BROWN 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Brown enters his third UFL season under head coach Dennis Green. He handled long-snapping duties in 2009 for the California Redwoods and was a back-up tight end for the Mountain Lions in 2010 (two catches, seven yards). He has also played in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught three passes for 13 yards, including a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Colburn with 1:51 left in the game . . .

#42 LS AARON KING 6-1 245 TEXAS EL-PASO 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: King was the Mountain Lions long snapper in 2010 and he played in 49 games at UTEP as the long snapper.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#44 FB GALEN STONE 6-1 240 SAGINAW VALLEY STATE 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Stone was a star at Saginaw Valley State, collecting 49 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. Stone caught six passes for 90 yards as a member of the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#45 FB CHARLES ALI 6-2 255 ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Ali was with the Arizona Cardinals throughout the preseason this year but he was released prior to the regular season. He played in 28 regular games for the Cleveland Browns (2007-08) and was with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. He started four games in 2008.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#50 LB VICTOR AIYEWA 6-1 219 WASHINGTON 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: A rookie out of Washington, Aiyewa earned an Honorable Mention for All-Pac-10 for his play in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#51 LB MIKE TAUILIILI 5-11 235 DUKE 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Tauiliili played with the Mountain Lions in 2010 and was third on the team with 40 tackles. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts in May of 2009 as an undrafted free agent. He changed his last name from Brown to Tauiliili prior to the 2006 season to honor his Samoan heritage. Was named the Most Valuable Player in the East-West Shrine game after making 13 tackles.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made four tackles . . .

#52 LB PRINCE KWATENG 6-2 230 NORTHWESTERN 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Kwateng is entering his third UFL season under Mountain Lions head coach Dennis Green. Kwateng was third on the team with 30 tackles in 2009 and he had nine tackles in 2010. He has spent time on the practice squad with the New Orleans Saints as well.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made one tackle . . .

#54 LB RONNIE PALMER 6-3 245 ARIZONA 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Palmer returns for his third season in the UFL after playing for the Las Vegas Locomotives in 2009 and the Mountain Lions in 2010. He recorded eight tackles and two pass breakups during the regular season in 2009 and had 11 tackles for the Mountain Lions last year. Originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2009 but was cut prior to the regular season.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#55 DE MAURICE CRUM 6-0 230 NOTRE DAME 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Crum enters his third UFL season under head coach Dennis Green. He had 25 tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble for Sacramento last season. He is one of 17 players in Notre Dame history to be named team captain twice.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Led the team with 11.5 tackles, including one tackle for a loss. He also broke up a pass . . .

#56 LB DONTARRIOUS THOMAS 6-2 240 AUBURN 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Thomas returns for a third UFL season after serving as a key member of the California Redwoods defense in 2009. Recorded a team-leading 52 tackles in 2009 and was fourth on the Mountain Lions with 37 tackles in 2010. Thomas was chosen in the second round (48th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played in 63 games for the Vikings (2004-08). Recorded 59 tackles as a rookie in Minnesota in 2004. Also spent time in the off-season with the San Francisco 49ers (2009) and the San Diego Chargers (2010).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Was second on the team with seven tackles . . .

#60 OL MATT SPANOS 6-5 305 USC 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Spanos started at guard for the Mountain Lions for much of the 2010 season after beginning the season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. He has also spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins organizations.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Started at center . . .

#62 OL ERIK ROBERTSON 6-2 310 CALIFORNIA 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Robertson played for the New York Sentinels in 2009 and the Mountain Lions in 2010. In 2006 he was named the University of California's most valuable offensive lineman and was awarded honorable mention for All-Pac 10. Robertson plays bass guitar in a metal band with former teammates from Cal.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Did not play . . .

#67 OL KURT QUARTERMAN 6-5 348 LOUISVILLE 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Quarterman has spent off-season or practice-squad time with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons (2007-08), New York Giants (2008), Cleveland Brown (2008-09) and the Detroit Lions (2009-10).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Started at right guard . . .

#69 DL JONAS SEAWRIGHT 6-6 330 NORTH CAROLINA 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Seawright returns for a third UFL season after recording 20 tackles and two sacks for Hartford in 2010. He played in nine games for the New York Giants in 2006 after joining the team originally in 2005. He was released by the Giants prior to the 2007 season. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2009 but was released prior to the season.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

#72 OL PATRICK AFIF 6-7 313 WASHINGTON STATE 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Afif has played for eight teams over the last five years - Rio Grande Valley Dorados (2006), San Jose Saber Cats (2007), Arizona Rattlers (2008), Toronto Argonauts (2009), Florida Tuskers (2009), New York Sentinels (2009), Orlando Predators (2010) and the Edmonton Eskimos (2010).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Didn't start but did see game action . . .

#73 OL TORRIN TUCKER 6-6 320 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Played with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05 and also spent off-season time or was a practice squad member of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007) and Houston Texans (2008). He also played in the AFL and the CFL in 2008 and was with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. He started for the Cowboys in 2004 and 2005.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Started at left guard . . .

#75 OL SAM LIGHTBODY 6-9 325 WASHINGTON STATE 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Lightbody is entering his third UFL Season. He entered the NFL as a free agent with the Houston Texans in 2005 and also has practice squad experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. He was born in the Philippines and lived there until age 9. In 2005 he graduated with his B.A. in Fine Arts from Washington State University. He has an art career as well.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Started at right tackle . . .

#76 OL NICHOLAS HOWELL 6-5 290 USC 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Howell finished up his 2010 rookie season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Didn't start but did see game action . . .

#77 OL TYLER LUELLEN 6-6 300 MISSOURI 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Luellen returns for a third season in the UFL under head coach Dennis Green. He joined the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 2008 but was among the final roster cuts before the regular season.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Started at left tackle . . .

#79 DT GREG PETERSON 6-5 290 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Peterson was a fifth-round draft pick in the NFL (Tampa Buccaneers in 2007) and he played in 10 regular-season games as a rookie (14 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks). He also played in two games for the Bucs in 2008 and two with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made one tackle . . .

#80 WR JAYSON FOSTER 5-7 175 GEORGIA SOUTHERN 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Foster was with the Mountain Lions for the final game of the 2010 season, catching one pass for five yards. He played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers earlier in the 2010 season. Foster has NFL experience with the Miami Dolphins (pre-season, practice squad 2008), Pittsburgh Steelers (practice squad 2008; off-season 2009), Denver Broncos (practice squad 2008, off-season 2009) and the Baltimore Ravens (pre-season 2009). He has played in eight NFL pre-season games.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught one pass for 12 yards . . .

#81 WR KENNY MOORE 5-11 195 WAKE FOREST 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Moore was a fifth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2008 and he saw his first regular-season action in 2009 with the Carolina Panthers (12 games, six catches, 59 yards; 10 kickoff returns for 209 yards; two punt returns for four yards). He played in two games with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 (five kickoff returns for 102 yards; six punt returns for 36 yards).

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught two passes for 23 yards, with a long of 16 . . .

#83 WR AARON WOODS 5-6 180 PORTLAND STATE 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Woods entered the UFL last season with the Mountain Lions and made a major impact despite being the smallest player on the team. He returned punts and kickoffs for the Mountain Lions all season, averaging 21.4 yards per kick return and 11.1 per punt return. He returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown at Hornet Stadium during a Week 6 loss to visiting Hartford. He also caught five passes for 23 yards last season. Woods was a star at Portland State where he ranks fifth in school history with 1,968 all-purpose yards.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught one pass for 19 yards; Returned four kickoffs for 94 yards and three punts for seven yards, with a kickoff-return long of 46. Was named the UFL's Special Teams Player of the Week.

#85 TE DOMINIQUE JONES 6-3 250 SHEPHERD 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Jones was one of two 2011 Mountain Lions signed during open player tryouts in May.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Caught one pass for seven yards . . .

#90 DE JASON PARKER 6-3 265 ARIZONA 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Parker returns to the Mountain Lions for his third UFL season under head coach Dennis Green. The starter on the defensive line recorded 17 tackles in 2009 and had 20 in 2010. He saw some playing time on offense and caught four passes for 50 yards in 2009. Entered the NFL as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and spent some time on the practice squad that season.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 5.5 tackles with two sacks . . .

#91 DT WILLIE WILLIAMS 6-4 305 LOUISVILLE 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Williams returns for a third UFL season, playing for Florida in 2009 and Omaha in 2010. Williams had two sacks and 18 tackles in 2010. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 2008 and spent his rookie year on the club's practice squad. He signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 but was waived just before the season began.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made 1.5 tackles, including a tackle for a loss . . .

#96 DE BRIAN COULTER 6-4 259 MISSOURI 1st UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Coulter was one of two 2011 Mountain Lions signed during open player tryouts in May. This is his first professional season.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made three tackles . . .

#97 DE JOSH SAVAGE 6-4 276 UTAH 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Savage played for four NFL teams from 2004-08, seeing regular-season action for each team. He was with Tampa Bay in 2004, Atlanta in 2005, Tennessee in 2006 and New Orleans in 2007-08. He played for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL in 2009 and started the 2010 season with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks before wrapping up with the Mountain Lions. He forced a fumble in Week 7 at Las Vegas last season, allowing Sacramento to run out the clock during a victory.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made one tackle . . .

#98 DT EKOM UDOFIA 6-2 315 STANFORD 2nd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Udofia spent the first three games of the season with the Mountain Lions in 2010 and recorded three tackles after coming out of Stanford in 2010. Also spent time with the New Orleans Saints organization in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): Made one tackle . . .

#99 NT JASON STEWART 6-1 320 FRESNO STATE 3rd UFL Season

PREVIOUSLY: Stewart returns to the Mountain Lions for his third UFL season under head coach Dennis Green. The starter on the defensive line recorded 16 tackles in 2009 and had 10 in 2010. Stewart played with the Indianapolis Colts (2003-2005) and played for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League from 2005-2008.

2011 SEASON

Week 1 (vs. Las Vegas): No stats . . .

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