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"X" and Four More Spartans Return for 2011

January 28, 2011 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - La Crosse Spartans News Release

La Crosse, WI: The La Crosse Spartans have re-signed five more players from last year's squad to its training camp roster for 2011. Highlighting the returnees is defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson and safety Jamil Abdullah. Jackson, known as "X" to Spartans fans, was tied for second on the team in tackles last year with 53 stops. He led the team in sacks with five and a half sacks, one fumble forced, and four blocked kicks. The Missouri product also helped on the offensive side of the ball with two rushing touchdowns.

Joining Jackson on the defensive side of the ball is safety Jamil Abdullah. Jamil also recorded 53 tackles to go along with one safety and two interceptions in just 11 games. He missed three games during the season with a shoulder injury that looks to be healed heading into training camp on February 5th.

Also returning for the team's second season on the offensive side of the ball are Juliene Adams (OL), Phillip Ditto (WR), and Hakeem Abdullah (RB.) Adams joined the Spartans a few weeks into the 2010 season and helped anchor the team's offensive line. Ditto returns after catching 14 passes for 111 yards in seven games last year and Adbullah is back after being sidelined much of 2010 with an injury. After starting the season at running back, Abdullah injured his leg and was sidelined the final 7 games of the season. The dual threat accounted for 13 carries, 18 yards rushing, and one touchdown on the ground while catching 14 passes for 138 yards and one score through the air.

"We're excited to have these guys back with us for our second season," Spartans General Manager Chris Kokalis said. "All four were great leaders on the field last year and we look for more of the same in 2011."

Individual game tickets for the La Crosse Spartans second season in the Indoor Football League are on sale now at the La Crosse Center box office. Tickets for all seven home games including the nationally televised home opener are available beginning at just $7.

Tickets for the brand-new all you care to drink and eat "party zone" are on sale as well. Tickets for these sections can be purchased in advance for $25 by calling the Spartans office. Limited seating is available so fans are encouraged to pre-order tickets and avoid paying $30 the day of the game. Party zone tickets are not available at the La Crosse Center box office prior to game day.

Group ticket packages and special family four-pack offers are also available by calling the Spartans ticket office at 608-782-4461. To purchase single-game tickets, stop by the La Crosse Center box office or visit

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