af2 alumni impact upcoming Sunday night matchup
April 5, 2008 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release
CHICAGO - Sunday afternoon (April 6) the Chicago Rush will travel to Orlando and meet the Predators at Amway Arena for a Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Sunday matchup. The game, which will be broadcast live in high definition at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, will provide a national showcase for a number of notable arenafootball2 (af2) alumni on both sides.
The Rush (4-1, No. 3 in latest Schutt Sports Top 12 Poll) will take the field this Sunday with eight former af2 players. In this group is rookie standout WR DONOVAN MORGAN. After playing college football for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Morgan was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets spending time in their training camp. He played two stints with the Tulsa Talons of the af2. While a member of the Talons in 2005, Morgan set af2 records for touchdown receptions (54), total touchdowns (57) and points scored in a season (346). He was signed by the Buffalo Bills on May 21, 2007 but released on August 27, 2007. Morgan is now in his first season with the Rush and is making a huge impact on the team in receiving with five touchdowns. Morgan has 30 catches for 336 yards on the season, including five catches for 60 yards against the Arizona Rattlers last week.
The Predators (3-2, No. 7 in latest Schutt Sports Top 12 Poll) take the field with four former af2 players including FB/LB MARLON MOYE-MOORE. Moye-Moore, a 6-3, 250-pound fourth-year AFL player, is now 24 shy of breaking Barry Wagner's record in rushing touchdowns after collecting two last week against the Destroyers. He is now first in the league with nine rushing touchdowns and third on the team in total touchdowns. On the defensive side, Moye-Moore leads the Predators in tackles (26) and tied for the team lead in sacks (1). In his one season of af2 play with Charleston in 2003, Moye-Moore led the Swamp Foxes with 122 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he collected 33 tackles (19 solo, 28 assists) and led the team in sacks and forced fumbles. Moye-Moore was named to the All-af2 team in 2003.
A full list of the 12 af2 alumni playing in Sunday's contest between Chicago and Orlando is located below:
Robert Boss - Green Bay 2006 Odie Armstrong - Tulsa 2007
Ryan Dennard - Macon 2005 Jake Eaton - Cape Fear 2004, Manchester 2005
Beau Elliott - W-B/Scranton 2006-07 Marlon Moye-Moore - Charleston 2003
Donovan Morgan - Tulsa 2005, 2007 Shane Stafford - Tallahassee 2000
Joe Peters - Peoria 2004, Green Bay 2005
Dennison Robinson - Quad City 2001
James Sadler - Tulsa 2005-06
Nick Zeck - Louisville 2007
The Rush coaching staff has its share of af2 experience with BRIAN SCHWARTZ. Schwartze was with the Quad City Steamwheelers before heading to Chicago in 2003 to be the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach. Now Schwartz is the Vice President of Player Personnel and Football Operations as well as maintaining his position on the coach staff. As the assistant coach for the af2's Steamwheelers for two seasons (2000-2001), he was part of Quad City's two ArenaCup championships. As an AFL and af2 coach, Schwartz has never missed the playoffs and has reached the postseason for seven consecutive years.
In Orlando, associate head coach LES MOSS has experience on the af2 level having spent two years with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers. He served as Head Coach and Director of Football Operations with the Pioneers and even earned the title of af2 Coach of the Year in 2004 after leading the Pioneers to the American Conference Championship. He has spent 15 years overall with the Predators, which includes seven trips to the ArenaBowl and two world titles. Line coach WILLIE FEARS also has af2 roots. Fears, in his fifth year with Orlando, also served three seasons as line coach for the af2's Arkansas Twisters
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