Sammons Rejoins Manchester Wolves for 2009 Season
The Manchester Wolves hopes for a championship season in 2009 received a big boost late this week when standout wide receiver Emery Sammons rejoined the team and reported to training camp.
Sammons (6-2, 200) was assigned to the Wolves by the arenafootball2 league office on Friday and terms of the deal were=2 0not released.
"Having Emery back is obviously great for our football team," said Head Coach Danton Barto. "He is a very good football player who had a very good year for us last year. Not only is he a great wide receiver, but he is a great special teams player who does a lot of things for us and all of the little things that make a difference. There is a sense of relief having a guy like him back for this season."
Sammons, who played his collegiate ball at Norfolk State, was an immediate impact player with his explosive speed and sure hands during his rookie season in 2008. Despite missing one game to injury and working with four different starting quarterbacks throughout the regular season, he caught 85 passes for 1,156 yards and scored 21 touchdowns to finish as the Wolves second leading receiver. He also returned 30 kick-offs for 554 yards and returned two missed field goals for 42 yards to put the Wolves offense in an advantageous field position.
During the playoff run that took the Wolves all the way to the American Conference Title game, he was the leading receiver with 26 passes caught for 280=2 0yards and five touchdowns.
Sammons, along with Bradley Chavez and Steven Savoy, set a Wolves team record as the first trio of receivers to each gain in excess of 1,000 passing yards in a single regular season in 2008. With Savoy also back for this season, returning starting quarterback James Pinkney will have two of his favorite targets running routes downfield.
"I'm pretty excited to be coming back and I'm looking forward to my second year with the team," said Sammons. "I think this is really going to be a good year for us. Last year, James, Steve and I were all new but now we're veterans with experience who really know each other and Coach Barto's system. Things will be moving a little faster than last year."
Sammons and Savoy have developed a rhythm with Pinkney and the return of the two veteran receivers, along with a host of talented rookie wide-outs in training camp, can only help the Wolves explosive offense this season.
Wolves Notebook: As this is the 10th anniversary season of the af2, the league named its Top 10 All-Time list in several categories and many of the former and current Wolves were voted in by their peers and the media and fans across the country. Danton Barto was named the fourth best head coach in history, Brian Jones made it as the fourth best quarterback, Jarrail Jackson and J.J. McElvey were listed as the 7th and 10th best wide receivers, William "Roc" Haith tied for the 10th best defensive back, and Jackson and Steve Gonzalez were named the second and sixth best kick returners, respectively....The Wolves continue two-a-day practices at The Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH and the sessions are open to the public.... There will be an intra-squad scrimmage and Fan Fest for season ticket holders on Saturday, March 21st and Barto will make his final cuts for the 2009 roster after the scrimmage. The brand new Lady Wolf Pack dance team will debut at the Fan Fest...The Wolves open their season on the road against arch-rival and East Division foe Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, March 27th...Tickets for the Wolves home opener on The Acting Loft Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday, April 18th are being offered for only $10 in honor of the af2's 10th Anniversary season. The $10 tickets are good for the best available seat in the arena....Season tickets purchased now through April 1st come with a money-back guarantee=2 0should anyone become unemployed...Partial season tickets, discounted senior and youth ticket packages, individual game tickets, group events and fundraiser tickets are also on sale now and may be purchased through [email protected] or by calling 603-637-9653 (WOLF).
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