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OL/DL Phillip Perry returns to Xplorers

December 22, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Memphis Xplorers News Release

SOUTHAVEN --- The Memphis Xplorers of af2 announced today that the team has been assigned OL/DL Phillip Perry for the 2006 season. The 6-foot-2, 295 pound Perry spent all of last season with the Xplorers and will be back to help the team defend its ArenaCup title. During his rookie season in 2005, he played in nine games and finished with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, two sacks, one pass break-up, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks.

"I look for Philip Perry to come in and have a great year for the Memphis Xplorers," Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto said. "Philip has the opportunity to be the best two-way lineman that I have ever coached. Phillip will be a huge piece of our coming season's success."

Perry played his college ball at San Jose State where he started his career as a linebacker and then was converted to defensive end. He was the first San Jose State player in history to be named to the Bronco Nagurski "Watch List". He also tied for third in the nation in forced fumbles during his junior season in 2002. The 2003 preseason All-WAC selection had 108 total tackles during his junior and senior seasons with the Spartans, including 16.5 for a loss. His seven sacks in 2002 led the team.

Perry is the 23nd player to be assigned to the Xplorers by the league office, but with WR/DB Maurice Brown's signing with Nashville of the AFL last week, the Xplorers preseason roster now consists of 22 for the 2006 season.

Xplorers assignments to date:

Charles Allgood WR/DB 6-2 202 Adams State

Josh Blankenship QB 6-2 220 Western Washington

Jordan Brumbaugh OL/DL 6-4 262 Tuskegee University

Tavaris Capers WR/DB 5-9 180 Central Florida

Darrell Dowery WR/DB 6-0 175 Kent State

Domonique Dunbar WR/DB 6-1 190 Louisville

Christopher Eggleston OL/DL 6-4 303

Earven Flowers WR/DB 5-9 193 Kentucky

Kenyun Glover OL/DL 6-3 312 Memphis

Greg Golden DS 5-11 189 North Carolina State

O'Keefe Henderson WR/DB 5-11 188 Mississippi Valley State

Ryan Hoffman OL/DL 6-5 280 Shippensburg

Treveco Lucas OL/DL 6-1 270 Memphis

Jeremiah Mason WR/DB 6-1 190 Northeastern/Syracuse

Phillip Perry OL/DL 6-2 295 San Jose State

Steven Rush WR/KR 5-10 205 Southwest Missouri State

Danny Triplett FB/LB 6-2 245 Northern Iowa

Ronald Tupea OL/DL 6-1 305 Utah State

Maurice Troutman OL/DL 6-3 264 Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Tyrone Walker WR/DB 6-3 200 Western Michigan

Marcus Walton FB/LB 6-2 245 Maine

Mark Weivoda OL/DL 6-2 295 Idaho State

The Memphis Xplorers...2005 ArenaCup Champions

The Xplorers will defend their Arena Cup Championship in 2006 and you can be in on the action. The season begins on April 1 at Tennessee Valley with the home opener on April 8 versus the Florida Firecats.

Season Tickets are available now and begin as low as $56. Don't miss all the action of the "50-Yard Indoor War." For season ticket information call the Xplorers office at 662-342-1755.

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