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Roughnecks Report for Monday, Feb. 21

February 21, 2005 - National Indoor Football League (NIFL) - West Texas Roughnecks News Release

ODESSA, TX. The Roughnecks started training camp this weekend and after two days of practice Head Coach, Chris Williams likes what he sees. “We have a really talented group of guys this year. We brought in the 40 best athletes possible, and the key now is to get them into good condition,” said Williams.

With 5-10 players being released after today’s 4:00 PM practice, the intensity and competition level is extremely high. These cuts were intended to be made on Sunday, but the team’s work out was cut short when the lights went out at the Midland practice facility leaving the coaching staff with inadequate time to make these decisions. Additionally, coaches are being challenged with now reviewing not only the rookies, but also the veterans who report to camp today. “The guys had a lot of energy and enthusiasm this weekend. With the vets now coming in, we expect the competition level to increase. We have been especially pleased thus far with the performance of the Quarterbacks and Defensive Backs,” said Williams.

“I am extremely impressed with the increased level of talent on the field this season,” stated Roughnecks team physician Dr. Richard Duke of Basin Orthopedic Surgeons, “As an outsider looking in, I think we have a greatly improved group of athletes to represent the Basin around the NIFL this year.”

Members of the local sports media should look for a training camp update each of the 14 day process. Further details on these or any other Odessa Roughnecks topic may be obtained by calling (432) 332-PASS (7277), or by logging onto the team’s web site at

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