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Rush Adds Depth at QB

December 3, 2002 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Chicago Rush News Release

December 3, 2002 – The Chicago Rush added depth at quarterback by signing Ken Mastrole to a three-year contract and Brian Ah Yat to a one-year deal, the team announced today. The Rush also agreed to a three-year contract with lineman Frank Moore and a one-year deal with defensive specialist Lincoln Dupree.

Mastrole (6-2, 245, Rhode Island) joins the Rush after spending the fall in training camp with the Chicago Bears. In three preseason games Mastrole completed nine of 19 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown, without throwing any interceptions. Previous to his stint with the Bears, he spent the summer of 2002 playing for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe. He also played for the af2’s Florida Firecats during the 2001 season.

Ah Yat (6-1, 190, Montana) comes to Chicago after spending three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Before heading to Canada, Ah Yat was a three-year starter at Montana, passing for 9,315 career yards – good enough for second place in school history. As a sophomore in 1996, Ah Yat earned first team all-America honors, leading the Grizzlies to 14-1 season. The team’s only loss came in the Division I-AA championship game, when the Grizzlies fell to a Marshall team that featured Randy Moss and Chad Pennington.

Moore (6-4, 320, Pittsburgh) is a four-year veteran who began his career with Mike Hohensee’s New England Sea Wolves in 1999 and followed the team when it moved to Toronto in 2001. He has played in 43 career games, recording 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Dupree (5-11, 192, Eastern Michigan) was the af2’s Rookie of the Year while playing for the 2002 ArenaCup Champion Peoria Pirates. The first-team all-af2 selection led the Pirates in tackles (80.5), interceptions (13) and passes defended (30). He also tied an af2 record by returning eight kickoffs for touchdowns during the 2002 season.

The Rush 2003 training camp roster now features 34 players. AFL teams bring 37 players to training camp in January, with each team required to cut rosters to 24 players by opening day. The Rush kicks off its 2003 AFL season Sunday, February 2, at Allstate Arena against the Orlando Predators. Fans wishing to purchase season tickets, starting at $64, should call the Rush at (877) Rush-Tix (787-4849) or visit the team’s Web site at

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