March 12, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Albany Firebirds
ALBANY, NY - The Albany Conquest announced today that former UAlbany starter Jacob Hobbs (OL/DL), along with returning players Clarence Curry (DB), Markus Ferguson (OL/DL) and Ed Greene (OL/DL) have been assigned to the Conquest by the af2 for the 2008 season.
Hobbs, 25, is looking to make his af2 debut with the Conquest after being a three-year starter at left tackle for the University of Albany. The Schenectady, NY native, who earned Second-Team All-State honors as a senior defensive end at Schenectady High School, signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the NFL\'s Philadelphia Eagles in May of 2007 and attended the Eagles 2007 training camp. Hobbs also signed on with the AFL\'s Columbus Destroyers in November 2007, but was waived on February 24th, 2008. During his senior season at UAlbany, Hobbs earned Football Gazette Second-Team Mid-Major All-America honors and was named to the First-Team All-Northeast Conference.
"Jacob is a local talent who learned his football at UAlbany with Coach Ford, who is an excellent coach," said Conquest Head Coach Jeff Hoffman. "His fundamentals are sound and solid, he has some indoor experience and I am excited to see what he can do on the field."
Curry, 26, returns for his second season with the Conquest and arenafootball2. The Parsippany, NJ native played in four games for Albany in 2007, making 21 tackles (20 solo, 2 assisted), while recording two interceptions and four pass break-ups. Curry played for the NFL\'s Arizona Cardinals from 2004-2005 and for the NFL Europa\'s Rhein Fire as an Arizona Cardinals designated player. He was an All-Conference defensive back for Villanova University, where he held lead the Wildcats to two Atlantic 10 conference championships and to the Semi-Finals of the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
"Clarence is arguably the best middle man in the league and I expect great things from him," said Coach Hoffman. "His ability, knowledge and leadership could be the catalyst of our defense this season."
Ferguson, 25, returns for his second season with the Conquest after playing in 15 of 16 games in 2007. The Lynchburg, VA native spent most of the 2007 Conquest season on the offensive line, but did manage to pick up two solo tackles on defense. Ferguson was a four-year member of the offensive line at Liberty University in Lynchburg, and was selected to the Big South Second-Team All-Conference during his junior year. Ferguson also received recognition the next year as a Big-South preseason All-Conference selection.
"Markus has a year under his belt and had a chance to really learn the indoor game," said Coach Hoffman. "He continues to demonstrate his focus and commitment by coming to camp in great shape. He will be a huge asset for the team."
Greene, 24, returns for his second season with the Conquest, after playing in seven games for Albany during the 2007 season. The Broadalbin, NY native recorded 11 tackles (7 solo, 9 assisted), along with 1.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss on the defensive side of the ball in 2007. Greene played Division I-AA football for Hofstra University and he was named to the Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference as a senior. Greene signed with the CFL\'s Montreal Alouettes and attended their 2007 training camp prior to joining the Conquest.
"Ed has been a crafty veteran who knows the game," said Coach Hoffman. "We got a lot of production from him last year, especially early in the year, and he looks ready to go for the 2008 season."
The Conquest are currently underway with their 2008 Training Camp at the team\'s practice facility, Center City Arena in Schenectady. Albany\'s regular season opener comes on the road at the Mahoning Valley Thunder on Saturday, March 29th at 7:05 pm. The Conquest\'s home opener will be on Sunday, April 13th at 4:00 pm against the Peoria Pirates at the Times Union Center.
Full and partial season ticket packages are now on sale for the 2008 Albany Conquest regular season. For more information please contact the Conquest at (518) 487-2244 or online at www.albanyconquest.com.