Fury Trade for Semptimphelter
AUBURN HILLS, MICH.-The Detroit Fury of the Arena Football League have acquired quarterback Scott Semptimphelter from the New York Dragons in exchange for future considerations. Semptimphelter will join the team in time for practice Tuesday at The Palace at 10:30 AM.
Semptimphelter played all of 2001 with Detroit, passing for 3,508 yards, 76 touchdowns and leading the Fury to the first round of the ArenaBowl playoffs. He completed 287-of-479 for a 59.9 percentage, averaging 250 yards per game. His passing yardage was seventh in the league and he ranked sixth in the AFL in total offense. Semptimphelter threw a career-high eight touchdown passes twice (at Carolina, 4/20/01 and vs. Indiana 7/22/01) last season. He totaled a game-high 26 completions three times and in the season opener at Carolina, went 26-of-41 for a career-high 346 yards and eight touchdowns (three INTs). He attempted a career-high 48 passes at Los Angeles (June 16, 2001) and rushed for a career-high two touchdowns vs. Chicago (5/6/01).
This season, Semptimphelter signed with the Dragons on April 25 and played in just one game, completing 5-of-12 passes for 53 yards and one TD.
"I'm happy to be coming back to Detroit," Semptimphelter said. "I really want to get this thing turned around and get to the level we were playing at in the second half of the season last year."
Semptimphelter who ranks 11th in the AFL among active passers, is expected to battle for the starting job this week with Nick Browder, who was signed last week to the practice squad. Browder will come off the practice squad and be activated later this week.
"We've gone through considerable turmoil at the quarterback position this year," Head Coach Mouse Davis said. "Scott knows our system and will compete with Nick Browder and hopefully will make us a better football team."
In 2000, Semptimphelter started six games and played in two additional contests. He went 118-of-220 (53.6 percent) for 1,551 yards and 28 touchdowns (with seven interceptions) for the Los Angeles Avengers.
He spent the previous two seasons with the Nashville Kats, backing up now Dallas Desperados hurler Andy Kelly. Prior to that, he started 10-of-14 games for the Orlando Predators in 1997, throwing 36 touchdown passes and six interceptions. Semptimphelter went to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 and 1996. The Avengers acquired him on December 15, 1999, in a trade with Nashville.
A two-year starter at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Penn.), Semptimphelter threw for 3,349 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior in 1993. One of only three Lehigh players to ever pass for over 3,000 yards in a single season, he passed for 6,468 yards and 51 touchdowns in his career with the Mountain Hawks.
The Fury travel to Chicago this weekend for a matchup on Saturday against the divisional rival Rush at 8:00 PM (EST). Catch all the action on WDFN 1130 AM with Jamie Samuelsen providing the play-by-play. Detroit returns home to the Palace of Auburn Hills on June 22 when they play host to Chicago at 7:30 PM. For ticket information, call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.detroitfury.com.
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