Games Notes: Destroyers Vs. Mountain Lions
Sacramento at Virginia
Virginia Beach Sportsplex
Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
Kickoff: 7 p.m. (EDT)
Radio: ESPN 1310 AM
2011 Destroyers Schedule
Date Opponent Time/Score
9/15 at OmahaW 23-13
9/24 LAS VEGAS W 34-17
10/7 SACRAMENTO7 p.m.
10/15 at Sacramento7 p.m.
10/21 OMAHA7 p.m.
10/27 at Las Vegas10 p.m.
2011 UFL Standings
This week's game
10/7 Sacramento at Virginia 7 p.m
10/8, Omaha at Las Vegas, 8 pm
Last week's game
Omaha 33, Sacramento 30
The Virginia Destroyers look to remain the lone undefeated team in the United Football League on Friday when they host the Sacramento Monarchs. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Cox Channel 11) will be broadcasting the game with Dave Johnson doing play-by-play and Jerry Glanville providing color. Friday's game will also be streamed live on the www.UFL-Football.com webcast powered by Veetle and sponsored by ConAgra Foods.
John Castleberry (play-by-play) and William Fuller (color) are the radio broadcast team for Virginia on 1310 AM. Tony Cordasco (play-by-play) and Doug Marsh (color) Fox Radio 920 AM will have the call for Sacramento.
The Destroyers (2-0), the only team in the league to cumulatively score more points than their opponents, want to solidify their standing as the top team in the league.
The Mountain Lions (0-2) have lost both games this season by six points or fewer. Sacramento hasn't won a game decided by seven points or less since Week 8 of last season.
Offensively, Virginia is led by veteran backfield-mates Chris Greisen at quarterback and Dominic Rhodes and Adrian Peterson at tailback. Greisen is 5-0 as a UFL regular-season starter, and this season, has a quarterback rating of 106.8. Both Rhodes and Peterson have rushed for more than 100 yards so far this season - Rhodes 152 yards and two touchdowns, and Peterson 106 yards and a score.
The Destroyers defense has been led early on by middle linebacker Tony Taylor, who has racked up 15 total tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception.
Sacramento rookie quarterback Ryan Colburn has passed for five touchdowns (most in the UFL) and 490 yards, and has a rating of 97.8. Running back John David Washington stepped in for UFL all-time leading rusher and receiver Cory Ross in Week 3 and ran for 114 yards - one more rushing yard than he had in all of 2010.
First meeting between the teams
LAST TIME OUT
Virginia dominated two-time UFL champion Las Vegas in its home opener on Sept. 24, played in front of 12,167 fans on a rainy night at Sportsplex. The Destroyers ran out to a 24-0 lead in the first half and amassed 343 yards in offense for the game. Chris Greisen continued to shine at quarterback, completing 18-of-23 passes for 202 yards with touchdown passes to Aundrae Allison and Huey Whitaker.
Virginia went 4-of-5 in the red zone and kicker Delbert Alvarado connected on all three of his field-goal attempts.
Omaha rallied to defeat the Mountain Lions 33-30 last Saturday despite three touchdowns and 234 passing yards from QB Jeremiah Masoli. The Mountain Lions turned the ball over three times and played without running back Cory Ross (hamstring).
With the game tied at 30, Sacramento drove to the Omaha 44-yard line with less than three minutes remaining. But a holding call against the Mountain Lions, a sack and an incompletion forced Sacramento to punt. Seven plays later, Jeff Wolfert sealed the Nighthawks' first victory with a 39-yard FG as time expired. Wolfert, Special Teams Player of the Week, went 4-for-4 for FGs (54, 56, 42, 39 yards). The 56-yarder set a UFL record.
SCHOTTENHEIMER ADDS TO HIS LEGEND
Virginia's season-opening victory over Omaha marked the UFL debut for Virginia Destroyers head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who brings with him more than 30 years of National Football League coaching experience. Schottenheimer ranks sixth all-time in NFL history with 200 regular-season victories. His NFL head coaching record is 205-139-1 (.596), and he is one of a handful of NFL head coaches to lead at least three different franchises to the playoffs. Schottenheimer's regular-season record is 200-126-1.
Schottenheimer was Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-06, guiding the franchise to two AFC West championships and a 47-33 regular-season record. In 2004, Schottenheimer led the Chargers to one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, taking a team that finished last in the AFC West (4-12) in 2003 and turning it into an AFC West Champion (12-4) in 2004. It was the franchise's first division title since 1994, and the Chargers became the 22nd team in NFL history to go from worst to first since 1967.
The Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, the Professional Football Writers of America, SportsIllustrated.com, American Football Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, CBS SportsLine.com and the NFL Alumni Association named Schottenheimer NFL Coach of the Year in 2004. He also was chosen as Professional Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club and AFC Coach of the Year by the NFL 101 Committee in Kansas City.
Prior to his time in San Diego, Schottenheimer was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins during the 2001 season, going 8-8.
For a decade from 1989-98, Schottenheimer was the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, during which time the Chiefs averaged 10 wins a season and made seven playoff appearances. Under Schottenheimer, the Chiefs won the AFC West title three times and finished second in the division six times.
Schottenheimer's combined regular-season and postseason record in Kansas City was 104-65-1 (.615). While with the Chiefs, he was named AFC Coach of the Year by Football News in 1995, and the NFL Coach of the Year (Football Digest) and AFC Coach of the Year (USA Today) in 1997.
Schottenheimer's time as an NFL Head Coach began in the middle of the 1984 season, when he was named by the Browns to replace Sam Rutigliano. After going 4-4 to finish that season, Schottenheimer guided the Browns to four consecutive playoff appearances from 1985-88, including three straight AFC Central Division titles from 1985-87. Cleveland played in the 1986 and 1987 AFC Championship Games.
Schottenheimer, who was 46-31 (.597) combined with the Browns, was named 1986 AFC Coach of the Year by United Press International and Football News.
Marty versus the field
vs. Joe Moglia, OMA 1-0
-September 15, 2011 - VA beat OMA, 23-13
vs. Jim Fassel, LV - 2-2 vs. Fassel
- October 28, 2001 - WAS beat NYG, 35-21
- October 7, 2001 - WAS lost to NYG, 23-9
- December 20, 1998 - KC lost to NYG, 28-7
-September 24, 2011 - VA beat LV, 34-17
vs. Dennis Green, SAC - 2-1 vs. Green
- December 31, 2006 - SD beat ARI, 27-20
- November 3, 1996 - KC beat MIN, 21-6
- December 26, 1993 - KC lost to MIN, 30-10
*In the case of Schottenheimer vs. Green, their last head coaching meeting was the last time either one coached in a National Football League regular-season game - December 31, 2006. Schottenheimer's San Diego Chargers defeated Green's Arizona Cardinals, 27-20. The Chargers fell behind 7-0, and then ripped off 27 unanswered points en route to the victory.
Â * The last time Schottenheimer and Fassel were head coaching adversaries was nearly 10 years ago, on October 28, 2001, when both were in the NFC East - Schottenheimer with the Washington Redskins and Fassel with the New York Giants. On that day, the Redskins topped the Giants, 35-21, thanks to a pair of big plays - an 89-yard punt-return touchdown by Eric Metcalf and a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Banks to wide receiver Michael Westbrook.
HALL OF FAME CALLING, COACH
Destroyers Coach Marty Schottenheimer is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012.
Voting will take place in February, the day before the Super Bowl. The selection committee will choose 25 semifinalists in November. That group of semifinalists will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.
Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced on Feb. 4, and will be inducted in August at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
UFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The Destroyers dominated UFL Player of the Week honors last week following their 34-17 pounding of Las Vegas on Sept. 24. QB Chris Greisen was named Offensive Player of the Week; LB Tony Taylor was Defensive Player of the Week and K Delbert Alvarado was Special Teams Player of the Week.
Greisen was 18-for-23 for 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Locos. The two touchdowns were a 35-yarder to wide receiver Aundrae Allison in the second quarter and a 31-yarder to wideout Huey Whittaker in the third quarter.
Taylor had a team-high eight total tackles (six solo) to go with two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry for a defense that kept the Locos off the scoreboard until the third quarter, and gave up 273 yards for the game.
Alvarado was 4-for-4 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals of 31 and 35 yards, giving him a league-leading total of 21 points for the season. He also averaged 61.6 yards per kickoff with a touchback.
BROTHERS ON THE FIELD
Defensive volunteer Kurt Schottenheimer has worked for the San Francisco 49ers, and is a former defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Detroit. Before coming to the Destroyers, he most recently coached the secondary for the Green Bay Packers. Kurt is the younger brother to head coach Marty Schottenheimer.
OVER THE HILL GANG'
The Destroyers roster features 11 players over the age of 30. Of those 11 players (running back Dominic Rhodes, quarterback Chris Greisen, wide receivers Cortez Hankton and Huey Whittaker, guards Anthony Davis and Adrien Clarke, cornerback Keiwan Ratliff and linebacker Terrence Melton) were productive players last fall for the Florida Tuskers. Tight end Ronnie Ghent has been a solid player in his two UFL seasons, running back Adrian Peterson played several seasons with the Chicago Bears and quarterback Mike McMahon has played in three different leagues.
All of this is old hat for Schottenheimer. In his final NFL coaching season of 2006 with the San Diego Chargers, six starters were at least 30 years old. That team went 14-2 in the regular season.
The Virginia Destroyers are a successor to the Florida Tuskers, who advanced to the 2010 Championship Game. Seventeen of the current Destroyers were Tuskers last season. Last year's Tuskers were 2-3 when QB Chris Greisen (now the Destroyers' QB) took over as starter on Week 8, and Florida won its final three games, advancing to its second straight UFL Championship game against the Las Vegas Locomotives. Florida fell in the championship 23-20.
The Destroyers are eight-of-10 in the red zone through two games, and Chris Greisen has not thrown an interception.
A destroyer is a small, fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship. The Destroyers' home is the Hampton Roads area in southeastern Virginia, which is notable for its heavy military presence, with each branch of the armed forces represented, including the United State Navy, the Coast Guard, Air Force, NASA, the Marines and Army facilities. Hampton Roads boasts a population of 1.7 million and is the 36th largest metropolitan area in the nation. Hampton Roads is comprised of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Yorktown and Virginia Beach. Also included are the counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Surry and York. Each of these entities shares a close association to the water and the harbor called Hampton Roads.
Two weeks into the season, QB Chris Greisen is putting up impressive numbers for the Destroyers. Greisen has completed 37 of his 57 pass attempts for 452 yards and three touchdowns, giving him an efficiency rating of 148.9. Greisen has not thrown an interception.
Greisen is on a roll in the UFL, dating back to his former team, the Florida Tuskers. Greisen (5-0 UFL regular-season record, 0-1 UFL postseason record, 12th professional season) started and won the final three regular-season games for the Tuskers last season, and his 97.5 passer rating would have been No. 1 in the UFL had he had enough passing attempts. He finished 58-for-84 for 664 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions during the regular season, then 24-for-42 for 346 yards and two rushing touchdowns in the UFL Championship Game.
DON'T THROW IT THEIR WAY
The Destroyers picked off three passes in the season opener on Sept. 15 against Omaha. FS Jerome Carter (20-yard return), middle linebacker Tony Taylor (10-yard return) and CB Kyle Whitehurst (21-yard return) each came down with interceptions.
Destroyers Coach Marty Schottenheimer, head coach of the Washington Redskins, is neighbors with another Redskin legend: Joe Gibbs. Schottenheimer and Gibbs both have homes in Cornelius, N.C., and both are avid golfers. Schottenheimer claims to have a slight edge over Gibbs in that game, but noted, "You can never be too sure with Joe. He's so competitive."
QB Chris Greisen, LB Tony Taylor, S Jerome Carter and a special teams player to be decided on a game-by-game basis will be captains for the Destroyers. RB Clifton Smith was the special teams captain for the previous two Destroyer games.
BACK HOME IN VIRGINIA
CB Kyle Whitehurst almost gave up on football several times. He didn't get recruited at Bethel (Hampton) High School and walked on at Marshall University. When Marshall was put on probation, Whitehurst returned home to Hampton, where he was given a partial scholarship by Hampton University. By the time he graduated, he was second team All-MEAC. With little pro interest, Whitehurst took a job moving furniture and then returned to Hampton University as a graduate assistant under Coach Joe Taylor. While there, he worked out with Hampton's elite track athletes. Whitehurst wowed the coaches at his UFL tryout in Hartford and started seven of eight games in 2010. This season he's back home in Virginia with the Destroyers.
LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE FANS
It rained and rained and rained, but that didn't keep 12,167 fans from packing the Sportsplex on Sept. 24 for the team's home opener against the Las Vegas Locos. The Destroyers were also a hot ticket in Omaha, where they opened the season in front of 15,836 fans on Sept. 15.
Currently, the Virginia fans have a comfortable lead in the fan vote for which team will host the 2011 UFL Championship Game.
CHEERS FOR THE CHEERLEADERS
The Virginia Destroyers held tryouts in February and welcome 29 women hailing from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Carrollton. Kimberly Vaughn, an 8-year veteran of the Washington Redskins' cheerleading team, is dance team director. Vaughn was with the Redskins in 1998 and from 2000 to 2007 and a Pro Bowl representative in 2007. In early August, Vaughn's husband, Aaron, a Navy SEAL, was among 30 American service members who died when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan. The crash, which also took the lives of eight Afghans, was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war in Afghanistan.
RIGHT ON, BAND!
The Right On Band is the official band of the Virginia Destroyers. The Virginia Beach band, which bills itself as the world's greatest '70s show band, is a 10-piece show band with a full horn section. Known for its outlandish '70s costumes, the band has performed all over the world and for three United States presidents.
AT THE HALF
Friday's national anthem and halftime entertainment is the highly acclaimed singing group 4Shore, which received national exposure last week on a popular Fox television show featuring Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. The group - Allynn Walker-Bey, Daijreous Poole, Jessie Munn and Brandon Showell - originated in Virginia Beach. 4Shore's sound is described as a hybrid of soulful pop and rhythm and blues. The group has achieved success with its rendition of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road."
THE OTHER ADRIAN PETERSON
The Destroyers' No. 29 was a four-time All-American at Georgia Southern, where he rushed for a Division I-AA record 6,559 career yards and won the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top Division I-AA offensive player. Peterson also set Division I-AA records for points in a career (524). His brother, Michael Peterson, plays linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He is not related to "the other Adrian Peterson," a running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
WR John Standeford had an eventful bye week last week. John's wife, Rachel, gave birth to a 6-pound, 15.9-ounce baby girl named Cora Lynn Grace on Sept. 28, back home in Monroeville, Ind. The couple already has twin girls, Ann and Nellie, 3.
DESTROYERS ROSTER FEATURES NFL EXPERIENCE
When you ask some football fans about the United Football League, you may hear some disparaging remarks like "the league for wannabes," "minor league" or even "semi-pro." Nothing could be further from the truth, especially as it concerns the Virginia Destroyers, as the chart below indicates:
Category# of Destroyers PlayersPercentage of Players
Players with some type of NFL Experience43 of 5184.3%
Players who appeared on NFL practice/active Roster43 of 5184.3%
Players who have played in at least one NFL game34 of 5166.6%
Players who have played in at least 16 NFL games18 of 5135.3%
Players who have played in at least 32 NFL games11 of 5121.6%
Players who have played in at least 50 NFL games3 of 515.9%
All told, the current Virginia Destroyers roster of 51 players has played in 855 NFL games!
Destroyers' UFL experience
Tra Battle - 09 New York, 10 Hartford
McKinley Boykin - 09-10 Florida
Antwon Burton - 10 Florida-Sacramento
Jerome Carter - 09-10 Florida
Adrien Clarke - 10 Florida
Joe Clermond - 10 Florida
Anthony Davis - 09-10 Florida
Jason Davis - 10 Hartford
Maurice Fountain - 09-10, Hartford, 10 Las Vegas
Ronnie Ghent - 09 New York, 10 Hartford
Na'Shan Goddard - 10 Florida
Chris Greisen - 09-10 Florida
Cortez Hankton - 10 Florida
Kenny Ingram - 10 Hartford
Mike McMahon - 09 California
Terrence Melton - 09-10 Florida
Shane Olivea - 10 Florida
Dominic Rhodes - 10 Florida
Aaron Rouse - 10 Omaha
Calvin Russell - 10 Florida
Ryan Senser - 10 Florida
John Standeford - 10 Florida
Tony Taylor - 10 Florida
Darius Vinnett - 09-10 Florida
Kyle Whitehurst - 10 Hartford
Huey Whittaker - 10 Florida
Kyle Young - 10 Florida
DESTROYERS QUICK HITTERS
*WR Aundrae Allison was the first player in East Carolina history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season (83 catches, 1,024 yards as a junior in 2005). ...Allison loves to cook and can't resist flipping through cooking magazines in grocery stores. Among his specialties: chimi cheesecake, a dessert that includes deep fried taco shells and caramel.
*LB Mike Balogun did not play high school football his junior and senior years at Suitland (Md) High School. After high school, he took a job as a carpenter's assistant to support his family. For two years he played semi-pro ball in the North American Football League and at 23 years old, he enrolled in Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa. After playing sparingly his first season, he was named a second team All-American his second year. He transferred to Oklahoma as a junior (2008) - the same year the Sooners became the No. 1 team in the nation.
*S Tra Battle, whose mother, Tonya, is an ordained Baptist minister, has collaborated with Athletes for Education to create a foundation titled "Battle for Success," dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the less privileged that is geared toward all age groups in the San Diego community. He has worked in elementary schools and convalescent homes.
*LB Diyral Briggs has two indulgences: Xbox (especially "Call of Duty") and the "Real Housewives" series.
*CB Ahmad Carroll, a first-round draft pick (25th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in 2004, founded the Humble Grind Foundation in Atlanta to help youngsters develop life skills and healthy lifestyles. The foundation partners with business leaders, athletes and entertainers to show youth their potential. The foundation aims to enrich lives with athleticism, health education, academics and career development while implementing life skills that will lead to personal success. ...Carroll was a violinist as a child. He enjoys bowling and coaching the T-ball team his son, Jeremiah, plays for.
*FB Jason Davis and RB Adrian Peterson enjoy singing karaoke together, including songs from Journey, Kool and the Gang and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
*QB Chris Greisen was a two-time All-American at Northwest Missouri State and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Division II National Championship as a senior. He is the all-time leader in school history in passing yards (5,731) and touchdown passes (51). As an All-American, Greisen threw for a school-record 2,937 yards and 25 touchdowns. He runs the "Chris Greisen Quarterback Academy" during the offseason in Green Bay and co-hosts "Talking Football with Chris Greisen," a radio show in the Green Bay/Appleton area. Greisen has four children: Michaela, 7, Hannah, 6, Patrick, 3, and Andrew, 18 months.
Greisen's grandfather, Stan Kramer, played for the Green Bay Packers in 1946. Kramer made sure Chris and his younger brother, Nick, were at every home Green Bay Packers game, and Greisen vividly recalls the first game Brett Favre ever played in. Linebacker Nick Greisen, currently a free agent, was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. Nick has also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. The boys are cousins to former Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach.
*P Matt Henry played shooting guard at Cresskill (NJ) High School, where he became the school's all-time leader in points with 1,791.
*DT Orien Harris enjoys working in his parents' Palm Beach (Fla.) bistro when he's not playing football. He's also a cartoon junkie with a passion for Kung Fu movies.
*Linebacker Terrence Melton majored in sports science at Rice University, where he was team captain in 1998. Melton also attended the Harvard Business School. ... In his spare time, Melton loves to tinker with cars. He owns a '73 Buick Centurion convertible that is candy red with a peanut butter top.
*DE Jeremy Navarre won back-to-back Group 2A-1A North wrestling state titles his junior and senior years at Joppatowne (Md) High School. His father, George, also was a wrestling state champion (1981). As a junior, Jeremy was also a key player in Joppatowne's football state championship. Jeremy played defensive end, was a long snapper and fullback in the team's power-I set for the Mariners.
*OL Shane Olivea loves to ski, particularly in Aspen. He's a diehard fan of the New York Yankees and lists his all-time favorite player as Babe Ruth. Olivier is the lone player on the roster that played under Coach Marty Schottenheimer in the NFL. He was with the San Diego Chargers from 2004-07.
*CB Keiwan Ratliff was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and named MVP of the Florida Gators (2003). Football isn't the only game he loves. He's been playing Dominoes since he was a kid, noting, "That's how my dad taught me how to count."
*RB Dominic Rhodes carried 21 times for 113 yards with one touchdown to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007. Though Colts QB Peyton Manning won the MVP Award, many considered Rhodes the MVP. He accounted for 143 all-purpose yards and in the second half carried 14 times for 87 yards.
One game day ritual that Rhodes considers a must: Skipping the body lotion. "I never put on lotion before a game," he said.
*Safety Aaron Rouse, a former Green Bay Packer and New York Giant, hails from Virginia Beach, home to the Destroyers. Rouse attended First Colonial High School before going on to star at Virginia Tech. Rouse is one of two Virginia natives on the roster. Cornerback Kyle Whitehurst graduated from Bethel High School before attending Hampton University. Rouse enjoys fishing and his 1968 midnight blue Chevy C10.
*LS Ryan Senser was a tight end and outside linebacker until he blew out his knee in high school. Retearing the knee his freshman year of college at Ohio University convinced him to become a long snapper.
*OL Kyle Young enjoys skeet shooting and hunting. He raises pigs at his northern San Diego home.
2011 VIRGINIA DESTROYERS PRONOUNCIATION GUIDE
DIYRAL Briggs DIE-Rell
2011 Destroyers Depth Chart
QB:14 Chris Greisen8 Mike McMahon3 Derek Devine
FB:42 Billy Latsko47 Jason Davis
RB:33 Dominic Rhodes29 Adrian Peterson22 Clifton Smith25 Wynel Seldon
WR:16 Aundrae Allison88 Calvin Russell
LT:76 Na'Shan Goddard79 Jonathan Palmer
LG:66 Anthony Davis67 Xavier Fulton
C:72 Kyle Young61 Brett Helms
RG:63 Adrien Clarke
RT:70 Shane Olivea73 Clint Oldenburg
TE:86 Ronnie Ghent89 Michael Matthews80 Jamarko Simmons
WR:81 Cortez Hankton15 Huey Whittaker82 John Standeford
LE:91 Jay Alford54 Marques Murrell
DT:69 Orien Harris94 Jeremy Navarre
DT:68 McKinley Boykin93 Antwon Burton
RE:58 Joe Clermond92 Maurice Fountain
LB:55 Terrance Melton59 Diyral Briggs
LB:50 Tony Taylor53 Mike Balogun
LB:52 Savion Frazier51 Darnell Frazier
LCB:28 Ahmad Carroll35 Kyle Whitehurst
RCB:24 Darius Vinnett20 Keiwan Ratliff
FS:23 Jerome Carter39 DeAngelo Willingham
SS:26 Aaron Rouse36 Tra Battle
P:1 Matt Henry
K:4 Delbert Alvarado
LS:49 Ryan Senser
Coaching StaffNotable Information
Head Coach Marty SchottenheimerProfessional football coach for 37 years with 205 career wins
Assistant General Manager John WuehrmannMore than 25 years of NFL front office experience (Cleveland, Washington, KC, SD)
Offensive Coordinator Terry SheaFormer offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears
Offensive Line Bill LaveroniSix years as offensive line coach and offensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks
Running Backs Gerald CarrFormer wide receivers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receivers Bobby SaundersAssistant for the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills
Defensive Volunteer Kurt SchottenheimerFormer Defensive Coordinator for KC Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions
Defensive Line John MarshallEarned two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant
Defensive Line Delbert CowsetteFormer defensive line coach at Hampton University
Defensive Backs Lionel WashingtonFormer cornerbacks coach Green Bay; Secondary coach Oakland Raiders
Linebackers Johnny HollandDefensive asst. coach/linebackers coach Detroit Lions; LB coach Houston Texans
Special Teams Mike StockFormer special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers
Strength/Training Chet FuhrmanNFL Strength Coach of the Year (2005) Pittsburgh Steelers
Head Equipment Manager Casey TurleyFormer equipment manager with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Asst. Equipment Manager Dustin StoverPrevious work with Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns
Head Trainer Darrell TurnerFormer head trainer at Winston-Salem State University
Dir. of Player Personnel Bret Munsey Led the Philadelphia Soul to the Arena Bowl Championship, 2008
#91 DL JAY ALFORD 6-2 280 Penn State
PREVIOUSLY: Pass rusher with a Super Bowl pedigree. Drafted by the NFL's New York Giants in the third round of 2007. Played for the Giants in 2007-08, and for the Raiders in 2010. Missed the 2009 season after knee surgery. Appeared in 36 NFL games, starting three. Made 13 tackles and assisted on five. Had a key sack in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLII to help seal the Giants' victory over undefeated New England. In camp with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year. Four-year starter at Penn State. Third-team All-American (AP) as a senior, All-Big 10 as junior and senior.Â
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 assisted tackle as starting DL.
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles as starting DL
Â #16 WR AUNDRAE ALLISON 6-0 198 East Carolina
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of 2007. Played for the Vikings in 2007-08, appearing in 26 games. He caught 18 passes for 231 yards. He also returned 26 kicks for 674 yards including one touchdown (104 yards), and returned nine punts for 58 yards. Signed with New York Jets but missed 2009 season after knee surgery. At East Carolina, was the first player in school history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season (83 catches for 1,024 yards as a junior in 2005).
Game 1 (Omaha): 4 catches for 103 yards, including a long of 73 yards as starting wide receiver
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 TD catch for 35 yards as starting WR
#4 PK DELBERT ALVARADO 6-0 200 South Florida
PREVIOUSLY: UFL rookie. Served as both punter and placekicker at South Florida, where he was successful on 91 or 93 PAT attempts and 26 of 47 field goals. He also averaged 40.3 yards per punt. Longest career field goal at South Florida was 56 yards.
Game 1 (Omaha): Hit 3 of 4 field goal attempts and 2-of-2 PATs to account for 11 of Virginia's 23 points in opening week win ...the 32-yard miss was blocked
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2-2 FGS (31. 35 yards); 2-2 PATs; 7 kickoff for 431 yards (61.6) average, 1 touchback
#51 LB MIKE BALOGUN 6-0 251 Oklahoma
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college; signed with the San Francisco 49ers before training camp in 2010 and released during final cuts. Signed to practice squads for the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010). Signed by the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 10, 2010. Played in his first pro game in Week 13. Released in February 2011 and signed by Dallas Cowboys. Released by Dallas during final cuts in 2011.
Games 1 and 2: Joined the Destroyers after these games.
#36 S TRA BATTLE 5-10 177 Georgia
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with NFL's San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys in 2008, appearing in six games. He made four tackles and assisted on five. Spent time during 2009 with the NFL's Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions but did not appear in a game. Spent 2009 season with UFL's New York Sentinels, and spent 2010 with UFL's Hartford Colonials. Two-year starter at Georgia. Was third-team All-American as a senior.
Game 1 (Omaha): Saw time as RS
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 2 assists as RS
#53 LB DARNELL BING 6-0 240 USC
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round 2006 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2006 season, the Raiders placed him on injured reserve with a neck injury. He was released in July 2007. Spent 2007 with San Francisco 49ers. Signed and waived by New York Jets in 2008. Signed by Detroit Lions in 2008 and spent time on practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on Dec. 8, 2008. Released in Oct. 2009 and signed by the Houston Texans (2010), where he spent time on the practice squad. ... Played on two national championship teams at USC. Named a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as the nation's best defensive back and was an All-American, 2005.
Games 1 and 2: Joined the Destroyers Oct. 3
#68 DL McKINLEY BOYKIN 6-1 289 Mississippi
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Appeared in three games for the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2007, making seven tackles and assisting on three. Also played for NFL Europe's Cologne Centurions in 2007. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. Played in 45 games at Ole Miss despite numerous injuries over the course of his career.
Game 1 (Omaha): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting DL
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 assist, 1 pass breakup as starting RDT
#59 LB DIYRAL BRIGGS 6-4 230 Bowling Green
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent parts of 2009-10 with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, appearing in 11 games. He was a Green Bay Packer for Super Bowl XLV, won by the Packers in 2010. At Bowling Green set a school record with 26 career sacks.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 tackle as reserve LB
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as reserve LB
#93 DL ANTWON BURTON 6-3 310 Temple
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Denver Broncos in 2006-07, and with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Appeared in nine games, making four tackles and assisting on one. Played in 2010 for the UFL's Florida Tuskers and Sacramento Mountain Lions.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 tackle as reserve DL
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 assists as reserve DL
#28 CB AHMAD CARROLL 5-11 190 Arkansas
PREVIOUSLY: First-round draft pick (25th overall) by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 2004. Played for the Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets from 2004-06 and 2008-09. Appeared in 59 games, starting 28. Intercepted three passes, made 94 tackles and assisted on 10. Spent the 2008 season with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. At Arkansas, was a sprinter on the Razorbacks track team in addition to playing football. Founded the Humble Grind Foundation in Atlanta to help youngsters develop life skills and healthy lifestyles.
Game 1 (Omaha): Posted 4 tackles and 1 assist including 2 pass break-ups as starting LCB
Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 assist, 1 pass breakup as starting LCB
#23 FS JEROME CARTER 5-11 219 Florida State
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of 2005. Appeared in 33 games, starting three, for the Rams from 2005-07. He had two interceptions, made 51 tackles and assisted on eight. Spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the UFL's Florida Tuskers. Had 257 tackles during his career at Florida State.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 of 4 team captains; 2 tackles, 1 assist and 1 interception (20-yard return) as starting free safety
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 5 assists as starting free safety
#63 OL ADRIEN CLARKE 6-5 330 Ohio State
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in 2005. Appeared in 14 games, starting four, for the Eagles in 2005, and appeared in 14 games (all starts) for the New York Jets in 2007. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Started 43 games at Ohio State and played in the 2004 Senior Bowl.
Game 1 (Omaha): Started at RG
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Started at RG
#58 DE JOE CLERMOND 6-2 220 Pittsburgh
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent time with the Chicago Bears in 2008-09 but never appeared in a game. Played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Twice named second-team All-Big East at Pitt.
Game 1 (Omaha): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting DE
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 fumble recovery, 2 assists, 2 pass breakups as starting DE
#66 OL ANTHONY DAVIS 6-4 322 Virginia Tech
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Signed with NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Played with Tampa Bay from 2004-08, appearing in 47 games and starting 32. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. Before attending Virginia Tech, played high school football at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.
Game 1 (Omaha): Started at LG
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Started at LG
#47 FB JASON DAVIS 5-10 245 Illinois
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders in 2008, and the Cleveland Browns in 2009. He appeared in eight games, starting three. He rushed 10 times for 15 yards, and he caught five passes for 17 yards. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010. At Illinois, rushed for 327 yards and one touchdown, and caught 70 passes for 644 yards and five touchdowns.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 catch for 2 yards as a reserve FB
#3 QB DEREK DEVINE 6-3 222 Marshall
PREVIOUSLY: Strong-armed passer but something of an unknown commodity. Undrafted out of college, but spent time under contract with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. Played sparingly at Marshall and did not complete a pass there, but has impressed pro scouts with his physical tools during workouts.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play
#92 DT MAURICE FOUNTAIN 6-4 270 Clemson
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college in 2005, Fountain took time off from football before resurfacing for the Manchester Wolves (AF2). Fountain set a franchise record with the Wolves, recording 13 sacks. Signed with Utah Blaze and named to the AF1 All-Rookie Team in his only season in 2008. Signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2008 but released during final cuts. Signed with the Seattle Seahawks and released on Sept. 3, resigned the following day to the practice squad but released on Sept. 6. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials (2009-10) and Las Vegas Locomotives (2011).
Games 1 and 2: Signed with the Destroyers after those games
#52 LB SAVION FRAZIER 6-2 230 Tennessee
PREVIOUSLY: First-year pro was undrafted out of college. Played in 41 games at Tennessee. Grew up in Woodbridge, Va., and attended Gar-Field High School.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB
#67 OL XAVIER FULTON 6-4 302 Illinois
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round in 2009 but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the team's final preseasonÂ game. Has spent time on NFL practice squads with Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, San Francisco and Washington. Came to Illinois as a highly recruited defensive lineman and started three games at defensive end as a true freshman. Started seven times as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending knee injury. After a redshirt season, returned to the Illini and moved to offensive line, where he then started for two seasons.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LG
#86 TE RONNIE GHENT 6-2 253 Louisville
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in eight games for the New Orleans Saints in 2007, mainly on special teams and as a blocking tight end. Also spent three seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. Spent 2009 with the UFL's New York Sentinels, catching 14 passes for 113 yards. Spent 2010 with the UFL's Hartford Colonials, catching 11 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. At Louisville, started for four years and was the first played ever named first-team All-Conference USA for four straight years. Caught 120 passes for 1,349 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 catch for 12 yards as starting TE; 1 tackle on special teams
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 catches for 20 yards with a long of 17 as starting TE
#76 NA'SHAN GODDARD 6-5 315 South Carolina
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in two games with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in 2008, and was on the practice squads of the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints in 2009. Spent 2010 with the UFL's Florida Tuskers. At South Carolina played in 44 games, starting 37.
Game 1 (Omaha): Got start at RT
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LT
#14 QB CHRIS GREISEN 6-3 220 Northwest Missouri State
PREVIOUSLY: Veteran quarterback led Florida Tuskers to the UFL title game last season. Drafted by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round in 1999, he spent three years as Arizona's third-string quarterback. He appeared in five games, completing 7 of 16 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. Was placed on the active roster of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys for the final game of the 2010 season. Spent time with the Rhein Fire (NFL Europe), the Green Bay Blizzard (af2) and the Dallas Desperadoes (Arena Football League) before having his breakout season at age 31 for the AFL's Georgia Force in 2007, setting a league record by passing for 117 touchdowns. He spent two years with the Force and one year with the Milwaukee Iron, finishing his Arena Football League career with more than 15,000 passing yards and 324 touchdowns against just 40 interceptions. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. In college, led Northwest Missouri State to the Div. II NCAA title in 1998. Runs the Chris Greisen Quarterback Academy training camp in Wisconsin.
Game 1 (Omaha): Starting QB who completed 19-of-34 passes for 248 yards, 1 TD (Lasko) with a long of 73 yards
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting QB who completed 18-of-23 passes for 202 yards, 2 TDs (Alison, 35 yards; Whittaker, 31 yards)
#81 WR CORTEZ HANKTON 6-0 200 Texas Southern
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-06. Appeared in 45 games, starting one. Caught 34 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Played for the UFL's New York Sentinels in 2009, catching 11 passes for 144 yards. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. In college, set school records at Texas Southern for receiving yards in a career (3,400) and in a season (1,270). Scored 30 touchdowns in college.
Game 1 (Omaha): 4 catches for 103 yards with a long of 12 as starting WR
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 catches for 48 with a long of 17 as starting WR
#69 DT ORIEN HARRIS 6-3 300 Miami
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round in 2006. Played for Cleveland Browns in 2006, Cincinnati Bengals in 2008-09. Appeared in 20 NFL games, starting one, making nine tackles and assisting on 12. Signed with Miami after prep All-American career and went on to record 11 sacks and 159 tackles for the Hurricanes. His brother Kwame Harris also played in the NFL.
Game 1 (Omaha): 2 assists as starting LDT
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 assists as starting LDT
#61 OL BRETT HELMS 6-2 278 Louisiana State
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Signed by NFL's Houston Texans but did not appear in a game. Three-year starter at center for LSU.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play
#1 P MATT HENRY 6-1 215 New Hampshire
PREVIOUSLY: In addition to punting at University of New Hampshire, also played wide receiver, catching 16 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown.
Game 1 (Omaha): Starting punter
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 punts, 83 yards for an average of 41.5 yards
LB NEAL HOWEY 6-1 233 Eastern Michigan *
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college but spent time in training camp with NFL's Seattle Seahawks after impressing scouts in workouts. Led Eastern Michigan with 95 tackles in 2010.
Game 1 (Omaha): 2 tackles as starting OLB
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LB
#42 FB BILLY LATSKO 5-10 233 Florida
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in one game for the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 2010. Previously spent time on the rosters of the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers but never appeared in a game for them. Played in six games at Florida, catching nine passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.
Game 1 (Omaha): 3 catches for 13 yards with a long of 7 and 1 TD reception (5 yards) as starting wide receiver
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 assist, starting FB
#99 DE JONATHAN LEWIS 6-1 305 Virginia Tech *
PREVIOUSLY: Starts the 2011 season on injured reserve for the Destroyers. Drafted by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round in 2006. Appeared in four games for the Cardinals in 2006, making three tackles and assisting on one. Also has been on practice squads or on training camp with the Oakland Raiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. Three-year starter at Virginia Tech, finished career with 203 tackles and 15Â½ sacks. Grew up in Richmond and played at Varina High School.
Game 1 (Omaha): On injured reserve
Game 2 (Las Vegas): On injured reserve
#89 TE MICHAEL MATTHEWS 6-3 265 Georgia Tech
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in the NFL for the Giants, Patriots and Lions in 2007-08. Appeared in 39 games, starting 11. Caught eight passes for 54 yards. Started for the Giants in Super Bowl XLII in a double-tight end set. Went to training camp with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts this summer. Used primarily as a blocking tight end at Georgia Tech.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 catch for 18 yards; 2 assists on special as reserve
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve wide receiver
8 QB MIKE McMAHON 6-2 215 Rutgers
PREVIOUSLY: Talented, smart quarterback. Drafted by NFL's Detroit Lions in the fifth round in 2001. Played for Detroit in 2001-04 and Philadelphia in 2005. Appeared in 29 games, starting 14. He completed 229 of 515 passes for 2,867 yards and 15 touchdowns during his NFL career. Played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes. Spent the 2009 season with the UFL's California Redwoods.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play
#55 LB TERRENCE MELTON 6-1 235 Rice
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 2007, appearing in all 16 games, making 11 tackles and assisting on another. Also played in the Arena Football League with the Houston Thunderbears and in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 assist on defense as starting OLB
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 2 assist, 1 QB hurry as starting OLB
Â #54 DE MARQUES MURRELL 6-2 234 Appalachian State
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's New York Jets and New England Patriots from 2007-10, appearing in 27 games. He made three tackles and assisted on four. At Appalachian State, he was twice voted first-team All-America. Â
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 tackle, 2 assists, 1 forced fumble, 1 QB hurry as starting LB
#94 DE JEREMY NAVARRE 6-3 283 Maryland
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in six games for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009,making five tackles. Four-year starter at Maryland, named team's MVP as a senior. Two-time state high school wrestling champion at Joppatowne High School in Maryland; passed up a chance for a third title when he enrolled early at University of Maryland to join the football team for spring practice.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 tackle, 1 assist as reserve DE
#73 OL CLINT OLDENBURG 6-5 300 Colorado State
Â PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round in 2007. Played with the Patriots (2007), New York Jets (2007-08), St. Louis Rams (2008), Minnesota Vikings (2009) and Washington Redskins (2010). Appeared in two NFL games
Game 1 (Omaha): Oldenburg joined the team after the Omaha game.
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve RT
#70 OL SHANE OLIVEA 6-3 312 Ohio State
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's San Diego Chargers in the seventh round in 2004. Played for the Chargers from 2004-07, appearing in 60 games and starting 57. Signed with the New York Giants in 2008 but season ended due to a back injury. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Â
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting RT
#79 OL JONATHAN PALMER 6-4 336 Auburn
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Has never played in an NFL game, but has been in training camp or on the practice squad with the Eagles, Steelers, Raiders, Giants, Browns, Panthers, Cardinals and Jaguars. Started as a senior for the nationally ranked Auburn team that went 11-2 and beat Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl.
Game 1 (Omaha): Started at LT
Game 2: (Las Vegas): Started at LTÂ
#78 OL COLE PEMBERTON 6-7 318 Colorado State
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent 2010 on the practice squad of the Houston Texans.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LT
#29 RB ADRIAN PETERSON 5-10 210 Georgia Southern
PREVIOUSLY: One of the most decorated players in NCAA Div. I-AA history. Drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears in the sixth round in 2002. Played for the Bears from 2002-09, appearing in 106 games and starting six. Rushed 311 times for 1,283 yards and eight touchdowns. Caught 78 passes for 665 yards, and returned 14 kicks for 203 yards. Four-time All-American at Georgia Southern, where he rushed for a Division I-AA record 6,559 career yards and won the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top Div. I-AA offensive player. Also set NCAA Div. I-AA records for points in a career (524).
Game 1 (Omaha): Key reserve who carried 10 times for 45 yards with a long of 12 (4.5 average); 3 catches for 47 yards with a long of 16; 92 all-purpose yards.
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Key reserve who carried 11 times for 61 yards with a long of 18 (5.5 average); 2 receptions, 7 yards with a long of 4; 68 all-purpose yards
#20 CB KEIWAN RATLIFF 5-11 188 Florida
PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round in 2004. Played in 76 games for Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh from 2004-10. He had five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and had 118 tackles and 32 assists. Returned 88 punts for 629 yards. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010 before joining the Bengals at the end of the season. First-team All-American at Florida, where he set school records for interceptions in a season (9) and punt return yards in a career (860). As a senior, he was chosen SEC Defensive Player of the Year and named MVP of the Gators' team.
Game 1 (Omaha): Had solid opening week as a reserve, recording 5 tackles and 3 assists, 2 pass break-ups
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 pass breakup as reserve RCB
#33 RB DOMINIC RHODES 5-9 205 Midwestern State
PREVIOUSLY: Played for Indianapolis Colts and starred in Super Bowl XLI. As an undrafted rookie in 2001, he took over the starting running back job after Edgerrin James suffered a season-ending injury. Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards despite starting only nine games. He missed the 2002 season with a knee injury but returned to back up James from 2003-05. He started all 16 games in 2006. He played with Oakland in 2007, then returned to Indianapolis in 2008 and 2010. Rhodes rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI. In his NFL career, he has rushed for 3,286 yards and 26 touchdowns, caught 147 passes for 1,025 yards and four touchdowns, and returned 147 kicks for 3,374 yards and two touchdowns. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010,Â rushing for 547 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Game 1 (Omaha): Starting running back who carried 23 times for 77 yards with a long of 9 (average 3.1 yards) and 1 TD (3 yards); 1 catch for 9 yards; 81 all-purpose yards
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting running back who carried 20 times for 86 yards with a long of 16 (average 4.0 yards) and 1 TD (1-yard); 6 receptions for 53 yards with a long of 17; 133 all-purpose yards
#26 S AARON ROUSE 6-4 223 Virginia Tech
PREVIOUSLY: Big, athletic defensive back and hometown boy from Virginia Beach. Drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in the third round in 2007. Played for Green Bay in 2007-09 and for the Giants in 2009. Appeared in 41 games, intercepting four passes and returning one for a 99-yard touchdown against Peyton Manning. Made 146 tackles and assisted on 49. Played in 52 games at Virginia Tech, making 217 tackles and intercepting five passes. Grew up in Virginia Beach and played at First Colonial High School.
Game 1 (Omaha): Posted 4 tackles and 1 assist as starting strong safety
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 tackles, 1 assist as starting strong safety
#88 WR CALVIN RUSSELL 6-0 190 Tuskegee
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent 2006-07 on the practice squad of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Played for the Columbus Destroyers in the Arena Football League in 2008. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. At Tuskegee, caught 64 passes for 1,205 yards and seven touchdowns. Was also a sprinter on Tuskegee's track team, a member of the 4x100 relay team that advance to the NCAA championship heat in 2004.
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2: (Las Vegas): Reserve WR
#25 RB WYNEL SELDON 5-11 212 Wyoming
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college but signed with the Washington Redskins in 2009. Recorded the best season of any freshman running back in Wyoming school history (871 yards, 2005). Amassed 2,672 yards at Wyoming, No. 3 on the school's all-time rushing list.
Games 1 and 2: Joined the team on Oct. 3, 2011
#49 LS RYAN SENSER 6-3 242 Ohio
PREVIOUSLY: Long-snapping specialist. Played tight end in high school but found niche on special teams in college after transferring from Arizona State to Ohio. Undrafted out of college but spent time on NFL practice squads with the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. Played for UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010.
Game 1 (Omaha): Started LS
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 tackle at LS
#80 TE JAMARKO SIMMONS 6-2 240 Western Michigan
PREVIOUSLY: Talented receiver. Undrafted out of college. Played the 2011 Arena Football League season with the champion Jacksonville Sharks, catching three touchdown passes in the title game.
Game 1 (Omaha): Reserve tight end
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 punt return for 13 yards, 1 block
#22 RB CLIFTON SMITH 5-9 190 Fresno State
PREVIOUSLY: Elusive runner who was an All-Pro return man in the NFL. Undrafted out of college. Played in 2008-09 for NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2010 for Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Was All-Pro and played in the Pro Bowl as a rookie return specialist. In his NFL career, he has returned 48 punts for 565 yards and one touchdown, and 75 kicks for 2,038 yards and one touchdown.
Game 1 (Omaha): One of four captains; 46 yards in kick returns, 12 yards (punt returns) for 58 all-purpose yards; 1 tackle, 1 assist in starting role
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Special teams captain for the second consecutive week; 2 kickoff returns for 48 yards (long of 34), 4 punt returns for 25 yards (long of 17); 1 tackle
Â #82 WR JOHN STANDEFORD 6-4 206 Purdue
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played for the NFL's Detroit Lions from 2008-09. Appeared in 11 games, starting four. Caught 16 passes for 249 yards. Spent three seasons on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He left Purdue as the Big 10's all-time leader in receptions (266), most of them coming from Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. The record has since been broken. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Two-time first-team Academic All-American.
Game 1 (Omaha): 2 catches for 10 yards with a long of 7 yards as reserve wide receiver
Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 catch for 8 yards; 1 kickoff return for 21 yards
#50 LB TONY TAYLOR 6-0 237 Georgia
PREVIOUSLY: A good tackler with NFL experience. Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 2007, appearing in all 16 games. He made 11 tackles and assisted on one. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010, making four solo tackles in the league championship game. At Georgia, was named team MVP as a senior and was chosen as MVP of the Chik-Fil-A Bowl after making 10 tackles and intercepting two passes.
Game 1 (Omaha): One of four team captains; recorded five tackles as starting middle linebacker, 2 assists and 1 interception (10-yard return)
Game 2 (Las Vegas): One of four captains; recorded 6 tackles, 2 assists, 1 QB hurry as starting middle LB
Â #24 CB DARIUS VINNETT 5-9 180 Arkansas
PREVIOUSLY: Small, quick defensive back. Undrafted out of college. Appeared in eight games for the St. Louis Rams in 2007, making 12 tackles and assisting on one. Played for UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010.
Game 1 (Omaha): Starting RCB
Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 tackle, 1 pass breakups as starting RCB
Â #35 CB KYLE WHITEHURST 6-2 180 Hampton
PREVIOUSLY: Speedster comes to the Destroyers from just up the road, having played high school ball at Bethel High School in Hampton and college ball at Hampton University (after transferring from Marshall). Previously played for the Omaha Beef of the National Indoor Football League in 2007-08 and the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010.
Game 1 (Omaha): Had 1 interception (21-yard return) as reserve CB
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as reserve CB
#15 WR HUEY WHITTAKER 6-5 220 South Florida
PREVIOUSLY: Has never played in an NFL game, but has been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. Has played in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy, and in the Arena Football League with the Utah Blaze and the Spokane Shock. For the Shock in 2010, he caught 144 passes for 1,653 yards and 37 touchdowns. Also played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Â
Game 1 (Omaha): Dressed but did not play
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 TD catch for 31 yards
#39 CB DeANGELO WILLINGHAM 5-11 211 Tennessee
PREVIOUSLY: Speedy defensive back. Undrafted out of college. Never played in an NFL game, but has been in training camp or on practice squads with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. Played two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from a junior college. Started 18 games for Tennessee, intercepting three passes.
Game 1 (Omaha): 1 tackle, 1 assist as a reserve CB
Game 2 (Las Vegas): 3 tackles, 1 pass break up as a reserve CB
#72 C KYLE YOUNG 6-4 315 Fresno State
PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in 2010 with the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers. Also played in 2010 for the UFL's Florida Tuskers. At Fresno State, started 47 straight games at center.
Game 1 (Omaha): Starting C
Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting C
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