Former Longhorn quarterback Chance Mock joins Wranglers
AUSTIN, TX, September 26, 2005 - Former University of Texas starting quarterback Chance Mock has agreed to sign with the Austin Wranglers on the official signing day, October 1. Mock, who played in 28 career games while at the University of Texas at Austin, combines arm strength and accuracy with solid foot speed and toughness.
The Austin Wranglers, which start their third season in January, are actively recruiting free agent and rookie playmakers who will help make the Austin Wranglers a legitimate contender for an ArenaBowl championship and a team that Central Texas is proud of. The team can sign 17 new players during free agency.
"Chance Mock brings many assets to the Austin Wranglers, including solid quarterback skills, great character and attitude, and an eagerness to play football again in front of his UT fan base," says Wranglers Head Coach Skip Foster. "We are fortunate to have our starting quarterback, John Fitzgerald, returning to the team and we are excited to have Chance join our team at the QB position."
"I am excited to join the Austin Wranglers, which are adding new talent and building a 2006 team that will be highly competitive and poised to win a championship," says Mock. "It's exciting to play professional football in a league that is growing and has so much opportunity. And I can't think of a better place to play football than in the same town where I played in college, in front of the fans who have supported me."
Mock credits his decision to join the Wranglers to the vision and goals of the Wranglers coaches and front office and to encouragement he received from former Longhorn players Aaron Humphrey and Greg Brown. Both have become solid contributors with the Wranglers.
"Arena Football is exciting and fast-paced, requiring both speed and technical abilities," says Humphrey. "Chance Mock has both of these attributes and will be a great addition to the Austin Wranglers team."
Former NFL player and Wranglers General Manager Glyn Milburn noted that the Wranglers have contacted more than 50 AFL and NFL free agents and the response has been very encouraging. "The players we are talking with are impressed with the City of Austin, the people and their love of football, and the direction that the Austin Wranglers are taking," Milburn says. "Chance Mock represents the kind of talent and character that we want."
Chance played in 28 career games with the Longhorns, completing 115-of-213 passes, 17 touchdowns (No. 9 on the UT all-time list) and two interceptions. Chance began his collegiate career throwing 160 consecutive passes without an interception, the longest streak for a UT quarterback to start a career. Before playing as a Longhorn, Mock attended The Woodlands High School in Woodlands, Texas and was selected as a 1999 Parade All-American.
The Austin Wranglers will hold a press conference, today at 2 p.m., to announce Chance Mock has committed to the Austin Wranglers. Chance, Head Coach Skip Foster and General Manager Glyn Milburn will be available for interviews after the introduction.
The Austin Wranglers only Open Tryouts will be held on November 5 beginning at 8 a.m. The Open Tryouts will be held at the Round Rock ISD Stadium located on Parmer Lane. Registration forms are available on www.austinwranglers.com. Cost for the Open Tryouts is $65 if postmarked on or before October 7 and $75 after. For more information, log onto www.austinwranglers.com or call the Austin Wranglers office at (512) 491-6600.
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