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Defenders Make First Signings of 2014 Season

October 31, 2013 - Champions Professional Indoor Football League (CPIFL) - Oklahoma Defenders News Release

Tulsa, OK - The Oklahoma Defenders are excited to announce their first wave of signings for the 2014 season. Returning on the offensive side of the ball is Jarvis Pitts (QB), KingJack Washington (RB), Patrick Jones (WR), James "Buddy" Blevins (WR), Curtis Tucker (WR), Keith Marshall (WR), Terry Johnson (OL), and David Lazenby (OL). On the defensive side of the ball, slated to return for the Defenders will be DL Victor Clore (DL), Ki'ounta Cathey (DL), BJ Hodshire (LB), Delaney Dobard (DB), and Ronnie Neal (DB).

Jarvis Pitts' (QB) season was cut short due to a leg injury in the 4th quarter of the Bloomington game. In his first extensive action of the season, he threw for 3 touchdowns and rushed for another one in just over two quarters of play, before injury his leg, and ultimately ending his season. KingJack Washington, the second leading rusher in the CPIFL for the 2013 season, returns in the backfield after what was an extremely productive rookie season. Throughout the season KingJack was a nightmare for opposing defenses, amassing 609 yards rushing to go along with 12 TD's, to go along with 140 yards receiving and 2 more TD's. Wide receivers Jones, Blevins, Tucker, and Marshall have been resigned as well to complement the rushing attack.

In his second year for the Defenders, Patrick Jones caught 62 balls for 765 yards and 14 TD's, which won him CPIFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Honors. Blevins returns as an explosive WR/KR threat for the Defenders after his rookie season was also cut short due to injury. Curtis Tucker and Keith Marshall also return for the WR core after very productive seasons for the Defenders in 2012.

David Lazenby and Terry Johnson return after solid play in 2013 on the offensive line. Between Johnson and Lazenby, they gave up a total of 3.5 sacks on the season and were solid anchors for the Defenders in 2013.

Victor Clore and Ki'ounta Cathey return to solidify the Defenders' defensive line in 2014. Clore was runner up for CPIFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while collecting 9.5 sacks and leading the team in Tackles for Loss with 14. Cathey returns after a very solid season on the defensive line as well, after accumulating 26 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a touchdown.

BJ Hodshire returns for his third year with the organization after finishing in the top 10 of the CPIFL in tackles with 79. He also had 12.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season. In the secondary, the Defenders have resigned Delaney Dobard and Ronnie Neal for the 2014 season. Dobard finished the season with 46 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups. Neal returns opposite of Dobard after finishing the 2013 campaign with 41 tackles, two interceptions and 12 pass break ups.

Third year Head Coach Derek Rasmussen said, "With this core group of returners I believe that we have laid the foundation for a successful 2014 season. Last year, when the chips were down these guys were around when the dust settled and bought in to the direction we were headed as an organization."

The Defenders will release their second group of signings Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10am.

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