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AFL Lineman of the Year and Key Veteran Players Join San Antonio Talons

November 27, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL) - San Antonio Talons News Release

SAN ANTONIO (November 26, 2012) - The San Antonio Talons have added two dynamic defensive linemen to their already explosive roster, Joe Sykes and Tim McGill.

Sykes (6-2, 280) was twice named Defensive Player of the Week during the 2012 season after he recorded 2.5 sacks and a 43-yard interceptions return for a touchdown.

Sykes also recorded 33 tackles, including a league-leading 18 for a loss, forced five fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown on top of his pick-six. Sykes has also been named AFL's 2012 Defensive Lineman of the Year, and he earned first team All-Arena honors.

McGill (6-3, 330) has proven to be one of the strongest AFL players. He has posted three All-Arena selections as well was named as a finalist for the AFL's 2011 Defensive Lineman of the Year. In 2012 McGill showcased his skills on the way to becoming the first nose tackle in AFL history to post 10.0 sacks in a single season.

"Any time you can add two all-league caliber linemen to your roster as we have it sets your defense, and your entire team up for success on the field", said Recine. "Adding Joe Sykes and Tim McGill to our defensive line along side Victor Degrate gives us the best pass rush in the AFL. No other team in the AFL will line up three all-league players on their defensive line for the next two years and we are excited about what they will do together".Bottom of Form

"It's great to have both guys (Skyes and McGill) with us this season" said Head Coach Lee Johnson, "I have high expectations for both, and don't have a doubt they will meet and even exceed my expectations."

The Talons also added linebacker Jamar Ransom (6-0, 230), wide receiver Derek Lee (6-5, 225) and defensive back Justin Hannah (5-10, 188). Ransom started 17 games for the Talons in 2012 at linebacker and scored 2 touchdowns at fullback. Lee played in 7 games for San Antonio in 2012 and had 333 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Hannah, a veteran AFL defensive back spent the 2012 season with Milwaukee and Orlando. He had 55.5 tackles and two interceptions in 15 games.

The San Antonio Talons are entering into their second season in the Arena Football League (AFL). The team was moved to San Antonio from Tulsa, OK in 2012 and won the AFL's

Central Division title, as well as hosted their first AFL playoff game in the 2012 season. For more information or to inquire about season tickets please call 210.227.TEAM.

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