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Generals Re-Sign Blakely And Acquire Two Defensive Prospects

October 29, 2009 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - El Paso Generals News Release

EL PASO, TX. : The El Paso Generals announced on Thursday, October 29, 2009 that the team has re-signed DE/RB Jermaine Blakely for the 2010 season and acquired DB Alex Otoo and DE/LB Brandon Swain.

Jermaine Blakely (DE/RB) 6'3", 320 lbs. Stillman College - Jermaine's late arrival last season bolted the El Paso Generals into the IFL post-season and helped the Generals become a top-notch ball club. In just six games, Jermaine recorded seven touchdowns (six rushing, one defensive), two forced fumbles, one interception, 10 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. Jermaine was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17 of the regular season. In the Generals win over the Rochester Raiders (51-43) back on July 4, 2009, Blakely collected 3.5 total tackles including three sacks, two forced fumbles and a 48-yard fumble recovery returned for a touchdown to seal the win for El Paso. With six years of indoor football experience and two indoor football championships, Jermaine provides the leadership that the Generals will need to continue their success. "Jermaine is a versatile guy who can play many positions for us. He brings tremendous experience for our young guys, and a winning attitude that pushes players to perform at a higher level." stated El Paso Generals Head Coach, Brian Brents.

Alex Otoo (DB) 6'1", 204 lbs. Emporia State - Alex Otoo made his professional football debut with the Ohio Valley Greyhounds of the then United Indoor Football League in 2007. That season he posted 15.5 total tackles in just four games. Otoo went on to play for the Lubbock Renegades of the AF2 and spent time last season with the San Angelo Stampede Express of the IFL. Otoo had a great college career at Emporia State University. In 2006, he recorded 31 tackles and two interceptions in 11 games played. "Alex brings that big body type DB that we like here in El Paso. I think he is really going to fit in our system well." explained Brents.

Brandon Swain (DE/LB) 6'4", 255 lbs. West Texas A&M - In his final season at defensive end for WTAMU in 2008, Swain proved to be one of the nation's most outstanding defensive linemen by earning numerous All-Conference and All-American honors. Swain first began his college career at Northeast Oklahoma A&M in 2005 & 2006. He played defensive end under Head Coach Rob Green, helping lead the program to a sixth-place national ranking and a 9-3 overall record. After transferring to West Texas A&M, Swain recorded 78 total tackles while recording team-leading totals in tackles-for-loss (24.5), sacks (13), quarterback hurries (12) and forced fumbles (five) in 2008. He was twice named LSC Defensive Player of the Week. By the end of the season, Swain received All-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association (first team), Associated Press (first team), Don Hansen's Football Gazette (first team) and (first team). Additionally, he was named to the All-LSC First Team Defense and the LSC Defensive Linemen of the Year. "This will be Brandon's first season in indoor football, but with his talent, I don't think it will take him long to adjust." stated Brents.

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