Hawks Acquire Star Wideout
EVERETT - The Everett Hawks managed to make a team strength even stronger this weekend, as the arenafootball2 league office announced the Hawks have acquired standout wide receiver Phil Goodman from the Cincinnati Jungle Katz in exchange for af2 rookie wide receiver Derin Graham.
Goodman was one of Stockton's top receivers last season, as he led the Lightning with his 91 catches and 30 touchdowns and ranked second on the team with 1,227 receiving yards. Goodman, who was traded from Stockton to Cincinnati earlier in the week for former Hawks QB Brian Baker, also was a defensive stalwart in 2006. The 6'3", 215-pound Temple product ranked third on Stockton with 46.5 tackles and 2.5 sacks and also added six tackles for loss, two interceptions, recovered three fumbles and forced two more. As evidenced by his team-leading 30 touchdowns last season, Goodman is a big play threat on both sides of the ball that knows how to find the end zone.
"I expect Phil to be one of the best if not the best linebacker and receiver in this league," said Hawks Head Coach Cedric Walker. "Acquiring him was probably one of the biggest things we did this off-season. Just look at what he did last year and you can see he can come in and dominate. He just has to come to work every day."
Goodman's best games came at the end of last season, as he topped the 100-yard mark in Stockton's final three games. He caught nine passes for 140 yards and four scores against Memphis, 15 passes for 178 yards and five touchdowns against eventual American Conference champion Green Bay and finished his season with a seven-catch, 107-yard performance against the Hawks. In three games against Everett last season, Goodman hauled in a total of 18 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 11.5 tackles and an interception against the Hawks on the defensive side of the ball.
Don't miss a minute of the exciting 2007 Everett Hawks season! The Hawks will hold an intra-squad scrimmage this Saturday, March 17, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Snohomish Soccer Dome on Maple Avenue in Snohomish. This will be the first opportunity for fans to see the Hawks in action, as they prepare for their March 31 season opener at the Tulsa Talons. Come check out the hard-hitting action!
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