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Outlaws Announce Several Key Signings for the 2006 Season

December 29, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - Osceola Ghostriders News Release

The Osceola Outlaws and Head Coach Marquette Smith are proud to announce the signings of several key individuals for their inaugural 2006 season. "My staff and I spent many hours in evaluating film to determine who we are going to build our team around for the 2006 season. These initial signings are proven players that have established credibility within the NIFL. Having the input of Thurman Thomas, our Director of Football Operations has proven to be invaluable", according to Smith.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Outlaws signed one of the top NIFL rookies in 2005, James Panui. Panui led the league in receiving and kick returns before getting injured against the Wyoming Calvary late in the season. "James is an absolutely explosive kid, and will prove to be an Outlaw fan favorite", raves Smith. Adreal Curry, a running back from the University of Central Florida, is targeted to lead Coach Smith's power running game. "We are committed to having a sound ground attack, and Andreal will figure prominently in our plans", said Coach Smith. Two big signings in more ways than one, and in Coach Smith's mind the cornerstone's of his offensive line are former South Carolina State standouts David Audrey and Corey Haynes. Audrey is a 6' 4" 330 lb Center and Haynes is a 6' 3 340 lb guard who have playing side- by -side for 6 seasons now. "The foundation for any successful offense begins with the line, and I believe we are off to a great start with these two signings", commented Smith.

On the other side of the ball, the Outlaws signed linebacker Rodney Alston, free safety Darnell Harrison, and cornerback Rocky Elmore. Alston, a 5' 9" 240 lb Linebacker out of Bethune Cookman College, was the leading tackler for his team last season. "He's short for a linebacker but he sure plays under his pads. Rodney is a hitter", said Coach Smith. Harrison was nicknamed "Showtime" at the University of Western Illinois, where his career is legendary. " Harrison is an experienced player who has played in this league for 5 years. "He knows the game and is a big play maker", said Smith. Elmore is a 5' 10" cornerback out of Virginia Union University. "Rocky came into the league in the middle of the season last year, but made a big impression in his first appearance against the undefeated Miami Morays. The Moray's had the best receiving core in the league and Rocky shut down every guy he covered", raved Coach Smith.

"Special teams are very important in the indoor game. The game invariably comes down to the kicking game", according to Coach Smith. Former Florida State Seminole, Jeff Bacigulupi returns to bring consistency and reliability to the Outlaws special teams. " Jeff is a great kid and gives it his all every day and at every practice. He is totally devoted to the team's success", said Smith.

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