Sharks Kickoff 2007 This Saturday Night
The Corpus Christi Sharks kickoff their Inaugural season against the Rio Grande Valley Dorados on Radiology Associates Field at the American Bank Center. The Sharks will be battling the likes of the Bossier- Shreveport Battle Wings, Laredo Lobos, Texas Copperheads and Rio Grande Valley Dorados in the Southwest Division of the National Conference. Corpus Christi is lead by Head Coach Mike Trigg who brings 18 years Arena Football League coaching experience to the table. He has won 2 Arena Championships, as a player and once as the Head Coach for Grand Rapids. Defensive Coordinator Coach Marshall Foreman will work alongside Coach Trigg for the fourth time, sharing stops in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Grand Rapids and now in Corpus Christi. The Sharks have a young cast of recruits, but are well equipped to learn fast.
Next Home Game
The Corpus Christi Sharks will be home again next week as they play host to the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs on Saturday night with a 7:05 kickoff from Radiology Associates Field at the American Bank Center. Individual game tickets for the game and all other are already on sale at Ticketmaster locations or www.ticketmaster.com as well asthe American Bank Center box office. Season Ticket packages and advertising opportunities are still available by contacting the Sharks office at (361)882.9292.
The Corpus Christi Sharks are one of nine new teams that join the af2 in 2007 which include 3 other teams in Texas. Along with Corpus Christi, the Laredo Lobos, Texas Copperheads and Lubbock Renegades have joined the league. Other expansion teams include: Cincinnati Jungle Kats, Fort Wayne Fusion, Mahoning Valley Thunder (Youngstown, Ohio), Tri-Cities Fever (Kennewick, Wa.)
A Few New Rules Apply
The arenafootball2 league (af2) has agreed to implement several rule changes that were approved by the Arena Football League's Board of Directors. The adopted changes take effect for the 2007 season.
The most notable change is introduction of free substitution. Previously, AFL/af2 coaches were limited to one substitution per position per quarter. Beginning this season, coaches will be permitted to substitute players at will. Free substitution will improve the af2 over all quality of football. The new rule provides coaches with the freedom to put the best players on the filed for every play of the game. Because players will receive more rest than ever before, the new rule is also expected to decrease penalties, particularly late in the game. In addition, teams are also able to select from a wider talent pool when building their teams. Another noticeable change is the removal of the defensive coaches from the field and allowing only the offensive coaches on the field during the game. In the past seasons, one defensive coach per team was allowed on the filed of play during the action. Last season coaches were not allowed on the filed for special teams plays as a pilot program to this year's rule change.
2007 Corpus Christi Sharks Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College Exp.
2 Donte King WR/DB 5'9 188 Wisconsin R
5 Chris Harrington QB 6'2 215 Graceland R
6 Ivory McCann WR/DB 5'9 174 Texas Tech R
7 William Heyward WR/DB 5'9 190 Texas State R
8 Robert Franklin WR/DB 6'2 210 Washington St. R
9 Brandon Hussey WR/DB 5'9 175 Winston-Salem St. R
10 John De Los Santos QB 6'4 240 Trinity R
12 Chris Onorato K 6'4 228 Hofstra R
21 James Glee WR/DB 5'10 205 Hofstra R
24 Jay Jarmon WR/DB 6'1 198 Southeastern Ok St. R
32 Lawrence O'Neal FB/LB 6'0 248 Arkansas R
33 Micheal Robinson LB 6'3 250 Arkansas R
34 Keith Holden FB/LB 6'2 280 Northwest Missouri St R
44 Dewitt Newkirk FB/LB 6'1 262 Elizabeth City St R
46 Andre King FB/LB 6'2 262 Washburn R
54 Asa Poole OL/DL 6'2 285 Nebraska-Kearney R
75 Sam Rosen OL/DL 6'8 420 Midutheren R
90 Earl Anderson OL/DL 6'4 350 Navarro R
93 Val Stinson OL/DL 6'4 285 Texas A&M-Kingsville R
95 Estus Hood OL/DL 6'3 275 Illinois R
3 John Akinloye WR/DB 5'9 192 Texas St. R
4 Ike Chekwa WR/DB 6'2 219 Texas State R
42 Chester Jones FB/LB 6'1 250 Liberty R
84 Pat Miller WR/DB 5'9 176 Southern Arkansas R
Pronunciation Guide (C.C. Sharks)
DON -tay KING
Corpus Christi Sharks Coaches
Head Coach: Mike Trigg
Defensive Coordinator: Coach Marshall Foreman
Team Trainer: Rob Molina
Team Equipment Manager: Sven Offerson "The Swede"
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