Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Produce Players
February 7, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) News Release
NEW YORK - Florida State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each had seven former players on the Week 1 rosters of AFL teams, which is the most among all colleges. Six teams are tied for second-most with six players each.
Oklahoma and Central Florida led all schools in 2005 with nine players on AFL rosters. Central Florida boasts five former players on AFL teams this year.
RANK COLLEGE # OF AFL PLAYERS 1. Florida State 7 Oklahoma 7 Oklahoma State 7 4. Florida A&M 6 Michigan State 6 Ohio State 6 Tennessee 6 Utah 6 West Virginia 6
Among the seven Florida State players is Colorado Crush OS DAMIAN HARRELL, who earned Offensive Player of the Year honors last season and through two weeks leads the AFL with nine touchdowns, including five in a Week 2 ArenaBowl XIX rematch win over Georgia.
Oklahoma's current AFL player list is highlighted by OL/DL ROD MANUEL who joined the Avengers this year after five seasons with the Grand Rapids Rampage and a three-year NFL stint including two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Cleveland Browns.
Oklahoma State's group features three players on the Arizona Rattlers current roster in OS SHANNON CULVER, OL/DL WENDALL GAINES and OL/DL KELVIN INGRAM.
Following are the Florida State players on AFL Week 1 rosters:
NAME TEAM POS. EXP. Rufus Brown San Jose SaberCats DS R Damian Harrell Colorado Crush OS 7 Charles Howard Los Angeles Avengers OL/DL R Pat Hughes Utah Blaze OL/DL R Leroy Smith Tampa Bay Storm WR/DB R Clevan Thomas San Jose SaberCats DS 4 Eric Thomas Austin Wranglers OL/DL 4
Following are the Oklahoma players on AFL Week 1 rosters:
NAME TEAM POS. EXP. Wendell Davis Arizona Rattlers DS 4 Howard Duncan Columbus Destroyers OL/DL R Curtis Fagan Arizona Rattlers WR/LB 1 Rod Manuel Los Angeles Avengers OL/DL 5 Torrance Marshall Austin Wranglers FB/LB R Bruce McClure Georgia Force OL/DL 7 Ramon Richardson Austin Wranglers OL/DL 2
Following are the Oklahoma State players on AFL Week 1 rosters:
NAME TEAM POS. EXP. Shannon Culver Arizona Rattlers OS 7 Wendall Gaines Arizona Rattlers OL/DL 6 Kelvin Ingram Arizona Rattlers OL/DL 9 Jeroid Johnson Orlando Predators DS 6 Alvin Porter Kansas City Brigade DS 1 Khreem Smith Chicago Rush OL/DL R Kevin Williams Las Vegas Gladiators DS R
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