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Dorados Acquire Walter Payton Award Finalist

June 2, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Rio Grande Valley Dorados News Release

HIDALGO, TX: June 2, 2005 – The Rio Grande Valley Dorados of arenafootball2 made their final roster moves in preparation for Saturday’s kickoff in Oklahoma against the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, as they were assigned wide receiver / defensive back Stephan Lewis and lineman Wil Goff. To make room for the additions, the Dorados placed offensive specialist Craig Cole on reassignment and Carl Bucknor on the long term injured reserve list. Lewis is a 5’8” 200-pound native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania in his first season of af2 action. He attended training camp with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and has been in camp with two NFL teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, where he appeared in one preseason game. Lewis received the opportunities to perform at the higher stage after becoming a nationally recognized running back at the University of New Hampshire, where he was a teammate of Dorados fullback/linebacker Chris Robinson. The 23 year-old was a Division I-AA star while at New Hampshire from 1999-2002, as he not only earned All-American honors (American Football Coaches Association) but was a two-time Walter Payton Award finalist. Lewis ranks third on New Hampshire’s all-time rushing list with 3,679 yards (off 732 carries which is the fourth most in program history) and ninth in career receiving yards with 1,602 off 164 catches (fourth all-time). In 2001, he set UNH’s single-season mark for all-purpose yards with 2,388 off 1,390 rushing yards, 527 receiving yards and 471 kickoff return yards. Lewis, who also holds the program’s career record in kickoff return attempts with 47, holds many single-game records in UNH history, including being the co-leader in receptions in a game (14), rushing touchdowns in a game (5) and holding the most all-purpose yards in a game mark with 364 on October 13, 2001 against UMASS (258 rushing, 94 receiving, 12 kickoff returns). Prior to college, Lewis was a star running back at Coatesville High School. He tallied 2,400 rushing yards and 900 receiving yards over his tenure there. The All-State honoree notched 43 touchdowns in high school and holds the school-record for the longest run from scrimmage with a 98-yard scamper.

Goff rejoins the Dorados after being placed on recallable re-assignment last week to make room for the return of Julius Gant. Goff has played in six games with the Dorados. The rookie lineman from Redlands, California has registered two tackles and a pass break-up. Bucknor, who moves to the long-term injured reserve list, has not played since being injured in the Dorados contest in Central Valley on May, 14th.

Cole’s departure leaves Eric Houle as the only player on the Dorados squad that spent last season in Rio Grande Valley. The 5’9” 195-pound offensive specialist was an original member of the Dorados and leaves for a second time. Last season, Cole co-led the Dorados in touchdowns (22) despite limited to nine games due to injuries. He was originally assigned to Oklahoma City during the offseason, but the Dorados completed a trade in training camp that brought Cole back to the Valley. Cole racked up 781 receiving yards last season, averaging 86.8 yards per game, and led the team in all-purpose yards 1,449 (161 yards per game). His numbers were down this season in the five games he played. Cole caught 23 passes for 216 yards (43.2 yards per game) and 6 touchdowns. He tallied 528 all-purpose yards in five games (105.6 per game average).

Rio Grande Valley gets on the bus for the first time this season, departing tonight for Oklahoma City to battle the Yard Dawgz Saturday night. The Dorados are riding a franchise high four-game winning streak and a three-game road winning streak. Any media members seeking an interview with Coach Kevin Guy or any of the players mentioned in this release, please contact Chris Due at 956-227-4940.

The Dorados next home game will be June 11th, as the Dorados host the Tulsa Talons at Chase Field inside the Dodge Arena. Individual tickets for the game and all other home games are already on sale. Additional info can also be found by visiting the Dorados online at

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