February 27, 2009 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Florida Firecats
Estero, FL- The arenafootball2 (af2) Florida Firecats announced that Quarterbacks Omar Haugabook, Justin Midgett and Todd Spitzer have been added to their 2009 training camp roster today. The trio joins incumbent Chris Wallace giving Florida four signal callers when camp begins on Saturday February 28th. The Firecats training camp roster now stand at 35 players.
"We are looking forward to a healthy competition at the quarterback spot," Coach Kevin Bouis said. "Midgett has been with us before. He and Spitzer are more of your traditional drop back pocket type of passers while Haugabook has the arm but he can also beat you with his legs. All four players will have to step up and really impress us to make the team."
Omar Haugabook - 6, 215, Troy University; The Belle Glade native comes to the Firecats after spending 2008 in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions. His collegiate career began at Dodge City Community College where he passed for over 5,000 yards in two seasons. Haugabook then took his skills to Troy where he passed for 5,376 yards and 39 touchdowns and ran for 617 yards and 11 touchdowns while being named the Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the year in 2006 and 2007. The \'06 season also saw Haugabook named the Sun Belt Conference player of the year.
Justin Midgett - 6\'4", 215, Florida; 2009 would be Midgett\'s second season with the Firecats. He served as the team\'s second string QB in 2006 tossing a pair of touchdowns. He began the \'07 season with the af2\'s Lubbock Renegades before being traded to the Alabama Steeldogs, finishing the year passing for 759 yards and ten touchdowns. Midgett was set to return to the Firecats last year before heading overseas to play in France for the Aix-en-Provence Argonauts of the Elite French League. A Port Charlotte native, he was one of the nations most prized prep quarterbacks as a senior in 2002 when he threw for 2,489 yards and 21 touchdowns leading the Tarpons to the Class 4A semifinals.
Todd Spitzer - 6\' 4", 215, Western Carolina University; During two seasons at WCU (2006-2007) he completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,039 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Catamounts. His collegiate career began at the University of Cincinnati as a tight end; he then transferred to Western Carolina after his sophomore season. Spitzer was the first Western Carolina and Southern Conference player in history to be selected for participation in the East Coast All-Star Game.
Players will report to training camp on Saturday February 28th. The Firecats can bring up to 35 players into camp. The roster must be trimmed to 22 before the start of the season. Florida opens the 2009 season at home against division rival South Georgia on March 21st.
2009 season tickets are on sale now with eight-game season-ticket packages starting as low as $108. Call 239-390-CATS (2287) to reserve your seats or visit the team online at www.FloridaFirecats.com.