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Motte returns to Vipers, Tennessee Valley assigned former North Carolina fullback James Gibson

June 15, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Tennessee Valley center Chad Motte was traded to Manchester in late May but now the Arab native and former Georgia Southern All-American has returned.

Motte (6-foot-4, 325 pounds) has been reassigned to Tennessee Valley by arenafootball2 and will be the team's starting center when South Georgia visits Saturday night for a 7:35 kickoff at the Von Braun Center.

In addition, the Vipers have been assigned former North Carolina fullback James Gibson (6-3, 265), who played for the Tar Heels from 2000-03.

Motte started the first seven games of the season and played in eight for the Vipers before he was sent to Manchester for now-injured quarterback Ryan Porter.

"Chad went up to Manchester and got he had to come back home,'' Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos said with a chuckle. "We are glad to have him back."

Motte said that he was excited to be home.

"I'm also glad to be back with my teammates,'' Motte said. "I can't wait to get back to Arab and get some Midas Burger chicken."

The first 2,000 fans through the gate Saturday will receive a Vipers team poster courtesy of WZDX Fox-54, Chick-fil-a and Colonial Graphics. There also will be 2,000 sets of Swamp John's trading cards distributed that feature wide receiver Joel Babb, linebacker Jon Williams, offensive lineman Calvin Ousby and quarterback Chris Gunn.

In The Game: Episode No. 9 of "In the Game: The Story of the Tennessee Valley Vipers" will air Sunday at 10 p.m. on Fox 54. The show is an inside look at the Vipers told by the coaches, players and staff and is sponsored by Infiniti Huntsville and produced by DreamMaker Entertainment.

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