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Gators Prepare for Arkansas Stars

April 20, 2006 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Twin City Gators News Release


The Gators took to the practice field Tuesday night in the Gator Pit preparing for what they hope will be the first victory of the season. Although going into the game 0-4, the team has played some tough opponents and played them well.

The Stars were 0-3 going into play last weekend, then narrowly defeated the Lincoln Capitols (0-4) 48-47. The Gators suffered a crushing 54-18 loss to the Tri-Cities Fever in Kennewick, Washington last weekend.

Gator quarterback Gary Cooper will lead the attack against the #3 ranked pass defense in the league. Arkansas allows an average of 87.7 yards per game. Cooper averages 151.5 yards per game. He has completed 56 of his 123 passes (45.5%) for 606 total yards on the season.

Unfortunately for the Gators, team leading receiver Dennis Burke is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury suffered against Tri-Cities last weekend. Burke averaged 52 yards per game catching 16 passes for 208 yards averaging 13.0 yards per game. Burke was also the teams third leading scorer. Filling in the void will be receivers Gino Williams with 11 receptions and Levi Payne with 10.

Defensively, the Gators rank #4 in pass defense allowing 103.8 yards per game. On the season, opponents have completed 37 of 68 passes against the Gator defense.

Ace kicker Teddy Garcia continues strong for the team and in the conference. He currently ranks #7 in kick scoring (3.7 points per game), #5 in field goal scoring (0.67 points per game), and #4 in field goal percentage (33.3%)

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