Empire Makes Midseason Roster Moves

April 27, 2016 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - Spokane Empire News Release

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Empire has signed two new players to their 2016 roster in defensive lineman D.J. Yendrey and Diondre Borel who has the ability to play quarterback and wide receiver.

Yendrey (DL, 6-4, 280, Texas State) joins the Empire for his rookie season as a member of the IFL. D.J. played his final season of collegiate football at Texas State University in 2013 where he saw action in seven contests and recorded 20 total tackles (11 solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, and four quarterback hits. Prior to transferring, Yendrey played his first three college seasons at Texas Christian University (TCU) where he was a two-time Honorable Mention All-Mountain West selection. He played in 39 contests (17 starts) and recorded 70 total tackles (29 solo), eight quarterback sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, and three fumble recoveries. D.J. played his prep career at Edna High School in Edna, Texas.

Borel (QB/WR, 6-0, 195, Utah State) joins Spokane for his first season in the IFL. In 2015 with the AFL champion San Jose Sabercats, Borel played in seven contests and recorded eight receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. After finishing his collegiate career at Utah State, Borel was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL's Green Bay Packers (2011) where he was converted from a college quarterback to a wide receiver. He also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012) and Tennessee Titans (2012-13).

During his collegiate career at Utah State, Borel was a multiple-threat athlete for the Aggies. He was a three-year starter at quarterback where he threw for 6,698 yards and recorded 8,096 yards of total offense. He also contributed as a punter. Borel played his prep career at Freedom High School in Oakley, California.

"D.J. and Diondre each have the ability to come in and contribute for us right away," said Empire Head Coach Adam Shackleford. "D.J. will help fill an immediate need due to some injuries we've incurred over the past few weeks, while Diondre is an experienced and explosive player that has the athleticism to contribute in multiple positions within our offense."

Complete Transactions: The Empire signed D.J. Yendrey (DL, 6-4, 280, Texas State) and Diondre Borel (QB/WR, 6-0, 195, Utah State). Andrew Pierce (RB, 5-9, 210, Delaware) was placed on the Refuse to Report List and Toby Jackson (DL, 6-4, 265, Central Florida) was placed on the Short-Term Injured Reserve List.

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