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Riptide Assigned Former USC Standout Kenny Haslip

May 22, 2002 - arenafootball2 (af2) - San Diego Riptide News Release

To bolster the 32nd pass defense (out of 34 teams), the San Diego Riptide (3-4) have been assigned former USC and Los Angeles Avengers defensive specialist Kenny Haslip.

Haslip became the first player to sign with the AFL’s Los Angeles Avengers and played two seasons (2000-01) with them, but missed time due to a hamstring injury. He was in camp with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1999 and played in three games.

“Kenny (Haslip) brings NFL and Arena experience to the Riptide and will give our defense more quickness,” said Riptide Head Coach Cree Morris.

He spent four years at the University of Southern California (1995-98), where he was a four-year letterman with the Trojans. He complied 64 career tackles and three interceptions as a starting cornerback his sophomore and senior seasons. Below is a detailed biography of Haslip.

In order to bring Haslip aboard, the Riptide announce that WR/LB Scottie Nicholson has been placed on long-term injured reserve after breaking his ankle and parts of his leg in San Diego’s loss last week in Fresno.

He will wear #6 for the Riptide and is expected to see playing time this Saturday night when the Riptide host the Bakersfield Blitz at the Sports Arena. Kickoff is at 7:00pm with tickets beginning at just $5. The game marks Military Night with the first 5,000 fans in attendance receiving baby American flags and all military members and their family members get in the game for $5 with a military ID.

Kenny Haslip

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 180 lbs

DOB: May 17, 1976

College: USC

Defensive Specialist

PRO EXPERIENCE: He played in just two games as a wide receiver-defensive back position last season with the AFL's Los Angeles Avengers, but was outstanding against the Detroit Fury on June 16, 2001, with five tackles, four passes deflections and one interception. A speedy and athletic player, Haslip became the "First Avenger" on Oct. 19, 1999, and wore #1 to commemorate his role in franchise history. In the inaugural 2000 season, he saw action in three games as a defensive specialist. Haslip led the Avengers in tackles in both of his first two games and had four pass deflections in his Arena Football League debut at Oklahoma on May 1, 2000 (after sitting out the first two contests while on the exempt list). He played in three exhibition games for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999.

COLLEGE: A four-year letterman (1995-98) at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.), Haslip notched 64 tackles and three interceptions as cornerback. He also saw time at wide receiver in his Trojan career. As a senior in 1998, Haslip played in all 13 games, starting eight and making 32 tackles, 11 pass deflections, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He also was a sprinter on the Trojan track & field team.

HIGH SCHOOL: At Muir High School (Pasadena, Calif.), Haslip earned USA Today All-USA honors in both football and track & field. As a senior in 1994, he had the nation's No. 2 time in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (36.65) and No. 3 time in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.94). As a senior on Muir's football team, Haslip had 20 receptions for 344 yards and six touchdowns on offense, and four interceptions as cornerback.

PERSONAL: Earned a degree in history at USC … brother, Shaun, played defensive back for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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