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Drillers sign quarterback, release Saldana

May 12, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Beaumont Drillers News Release

BEAUMONT, TX -- The Beaumont Drillers have signed quarterback Akili Roberson and released quarterback Marc Saldana. Saldana in his second year in a Driller uniform, was 21-of-47 for 246 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions since returning from an ankle injury sufferred back on March 7. The Drillers were 0-3 this season when Saldana started.

Roberson, 6-0, 195-pounds, is a NIFL veteran. In 33 games, Roberson has thrown for 4,679 yards with 96 touchdowns and 33 interceptions on 425-of-817 attempts. Roberson has rushed for 1,072 yards and 23 scores. The 2003 season was his best throwing for 1,759 yards with 31 touchdowns adding 448 yards on the ground with nine scores starting for Evansville. Last season Roberson started for Staten Island in seven games before the organization went bankrupt, then was signed as a backup for Ohio Valley.

Roberson was an All-State player at Locke High School in Los Angeles, California. He went on to play at Northwestern Oklahoma State University excelling at the NAIA level then transferred to the University of Kansas in 1997. Roberson was a two-way Jayhawk playing both quarterback and defensive back that season.

The Drillers will practice at Ford Arena this Friday evening to prepare for a big game hosting Lubbock on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Roberson will be at practice and in uniform this weekend.

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The Drillers are 4-4 and are two games behind first place Southwest Louisiana (6-2) in the Pacific East Divison but are sixth in the playoff standings. The top eight teams qualify in each conference for the playoffs (three division winners and five wild card teams).

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