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January 12, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - West Texas Roughnecks News Release

Odessa, Texas. President Tommy Benizio will be traveling this weekend with Head Coach Chris Williams and key staff to attend the National Indoor Football League’s semi-annual league meetings in Orlando, Florida. Roughnecks staff will meet with 21 other sets of owners, coaches and staff. The agenda will include rule amendments or changes, player eligibility, and even recruiting ethics. “The NIFL is a very well organized league with detailed handbooks and rule books,” said Benizio, “these meetings allow us to make minor adjustments as well as share ideas with other teams.” Head Coach Chris Williams will attend special coaches meetings and represent the Roughnecks, the team predicted to be in third place according to the latest Massey ratings at “I’ll be honest, I’m going to be checking out the coaches I don’t already know, looking to see what their character is like, just get a feel of what we’re going to be playing against,” said Williams. The meetings begin Friday, January 14th and go through the weekend.

Coach Williams also has his hands full getting to know two recent additions to the Roughnecks including 6' 5” Kenan Blackmon and Aries Monroe, both former players in the National Football League. Blackmon weighs in at 270 lbs. and has committed to the Offensive and Defensive Lines for Odessa. He was a 1st All-Conference USA player in 2002 with Tulane University and played with the New York Jets. Aries Monroe, at an impressive 6' 4” and 265 lbs. will also contribute to the O and D lines for the Roughnecks. Monroe played with the NFL's Caroline Panthers in 2000. He has since been playing with Montreal in the Canadian Football League. Prior to his professional career, Aries earned 2nd Team All-SEC honors during his college days with the University of Alabama.

San Antonio, Texas will be the location for the next Odessa Roughnecks tryout on Saturday, February 5 at San Antonio's Northeast YMCA, 10719 Nacogdoches. Players must report to the YMCA facility no later than 8 a.m., and they should arrive dressed in running shoes and athletic clothing for a combine style workout that will last until the afternoon. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged by calling (432) 332-PASS(7277), and a $50 fee is required to participate in the try-out. Check-in will be in the YMCA's conference room. “We feel very good about the caliber of player that we have been able to recruit. I think we will be tougher in every position this season and I look forward to seeing what a large community like San Antonio has to offer in the way of additional players.” said Roughnecks head coach Chris Williams. Though this tryout is design to Scout the states largest city without pro football, local hopefuls are still welcome to make the trip and attend.

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