Mountain Lions Sign Otis Amey, Reggie Williams, Many Others As Training Camp Approaches
Sacramento, CA - Wide receivers OTIS AMEY and REGGIE WILLIAMS are among the recent signees by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
Head coach DENNIS GREEN and his staff have signed 55 players so far and the team is expected to open training camp with about 70 players. The players will report to town on TUESDAY, JULY 19 and training camp will begin at Natomas High on FRIDAY, JULY 22. Training camp runs through FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 and it is open to the media and the public every day (times not available yet).
Amey, who had a record-breaking career at Sacramento State, was with the Mountain Lions for the 2010 season. He played in 11 games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, scoring a touchdown the first time he ever touched the ball (75-yard punt return). He also played in preseason games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. Amey was an Arena Football League star from 2007-08, combining for 201 receptions for 2,549 yards and 66 touchdowns. He also played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 2009. Amey, healthy now, dealt with ankle problems with the Mountain Lions in 2010 (16 catches, 148 yards).
Williams was a first-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004 (No. 9 overall). He remained with the Jaguars through the 2008 season, totaling 189 catches for 2,322 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best statistical season came in 2007, when Williams caught 38 passes for 629 yards and a team-record 10 touchdown receptions. Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April of 2010 but was released prior to the season.
Adding to the talented receiving corps, KEARY COLBERT also recently signed with the Mountain Lions. Colbert played five seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers (2004-07) and the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions (all in 2008). He caught 121 passes for 1,540 yards and eight touchdowns in the NFL. Colbert started 15 games with the Panthers in 2004, catching 47 passes for 754 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. He played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers for two games in 2009 after being released by the Detroit Lions earlier in 2009. He coached tight ends at his alma mater, USC, in 2010.
"I'm very excited to have an opportunity to be playing football again," Colbert said. "After taking a year off and coaching last year, I realized that I wasn't done with the game, and my heart was still in playing."
Another local product, defensive back ZACHARY SCHRADER, has signed as well. He played at Western Washington (2007-08) before transferring to Sacramento State (2009-10). He was Second-Team All Conference (Big Sky) as both a junior and a senior at safety.
Adding to the local flavor are recent signees JOHN FALETOESE and JOSH LEONARD, both of whom played on the defensive line for the Mountain Lions in 2010. Faletoese (six tackles for the Mountain Lions in 2010) graduated from Jesuit High in Carmichael and UC Davis. He has spent time with two NFL organizations (Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos). Leonard (Center High) began his college career at Sierra College in Rocklin before transferring to the University of Hawaii. He had 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks for the Mountain Lions in 2010 and has off-season experience in the NFL with the Houston Texans (2009) and the Tampa Bay Bucs (2010). He had 33 sacks in two seasons at Sierra, earning Junior College All-American honors as a sophomore.
Many of the recent signings, in addition to Faletoese, Leonard and Amey, also played for the Mountain Lions in 2010. Included in this group are wide receiver AARON WOODS (Portland State), tight end NATE LAWRIE (Yale), running back STEVE BAYLARK (Massachusetts), linebacker PRINCE KWATENG (Northwestern), defensive backs DENNIS KEYES (UCLA) and LENDY HOLMES (Oklahoma), defensive linemen JOSH SAVAGE (UTAH) and ERIC MONCUR (MIAMI), center MIKE MABRY (Central Florida) and offensive lineman MATT SPANOS (USC).
Among the 13 recent signees that played for the Mountain Lions in 2010, 12 of them have spent time with at least one NFL organization. The only one who hasn't is Woods, who made a major impact on special teams for Sacramento last year (21.4 yards on kick returns, 11.1 on punt returns; returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown at Hornet Stadium against Hartford in Week 6). His touchdown was the first punt return for a score in UFL history.
Williams, Colbert and Schrader are not the only recent additions that are new to the Mountain Lions. Joining them are kicker JOSE MARTINEZ (Texas-El Paso), linebackers JASON BEAUCHAMP (UNLV) and LORENZO EDWARDS (Florida), defensive back JOSH GATLIN (North Dakota State), offensive linemen KAINOA LACOUNT (Hawaii), SEAN MIDDLETON (Southeast Missouri State) and FREDERICK AMANO (San Diego State), defensive tackle DELJUAN ROBINSON (Mississippi State), tight end GALEN STONE (Saginaw Valley State) and receiver JAMES FINLEY (Oregon).
LaCount and Gatlin were chosen by Green in May's UFL Draft while Robinson has the most NFL experience among this group. Robinson played for the Houston Texans (2007-09) and appeared in 27 regular season games from 2008-09, combining for 33 tackles and a forced fumble during that time.
The Mountain Lions will open the 2011 season at home (at Hornet Stadium) against the Omaha Nighthawks on Aug. 14 before playing another home game on Aug. 20.
Season tickets are on sale now at www.sacmountainlions.com or by phone at (916-383-5466). Fans can also visit www.buyUFL.com for merchandise.
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