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February 6, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Texas Copperheads News Release

HOUSTON, TX - The Texas Copperheads announced on Tuesday that they have been assigned five key players with professional experience by the af2 league office.

The team added International player and former Tulsa Talon WR/DB Marvin Abii (5'10, 197) and FB/LB Jimmy Barnett (5'10, 245); Barnett has AF2 experience with the Arkansas Twisters and played college football for the Texans of Tarleton State. The Copperheads also added FB/LB Derron Griffin (6'0, 250), the Beaumont native played for the Southeastern Conference power Auburn Tigers. Griffin also played for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League and has experience with the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League and in the af2 with the Mobile Wizards. The Copperheads were fortunate to sign WR/LB Courtney Murrell (6'3, 206) from Midwestern State. Murrell was a key player for the Indians from Wichita Falls during his playing days and has made Houston his home.

"The Copperheads want to bring players from several professional backgrounds to mesh and form one cohesive unit for the 2007 season," added Defensive Coordinator Troy Esprit.

The Copperheads kick off the 2007 season on Friday, April 6th against the Florida Firecats. For more information, get player photos for media outlets or to get your 2007 Texas Copperheads season tickets, contact the Copperheads office at (281) 392-5592 or visit

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