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Three Kats Named To AFL All-Rookie Squad

May 24, 2005 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Nashville Kats News Release

NASHVILLE (May 24, 2005) – Three Nashville Kats have been selected to the Arena Football League’s 2005 All-Rookie team, which was announced on Tuesday. Linemen Aaron McConnell and Joe Minucci join fullback/linebacker Dan Alexander on the squad, giving the Kats more selections than any other AFL team.

McConnell (6-3, 285) had 22 tackles, including five for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. The first-year player from Pittsburg St. (KS) was also one of the Kats’ top blockers on the offensive front, and he served as the team’s long snapper as well. McConnell was one of four players to play in all 16 games for Nashville this season.

He joins fellow lineman Minucci (6-3, 295), who led the Kats and all AFL rookies with five sacks in 2005. Minucci, who played collegiately at Delaware and spent last season playing with the arenafootball2 Tennessee Valley Vipers, finished with 19 tackles, 5.5 which came behind the line. He also broke up four passes, and forced and recovered a fumble. Like McConnell, he also played in all 16 games, starting the last 13.

Alexander (6-0, 255) was selected despite playing in only one of the last 10 games of the season. The rookie fullback/linebacker from Nebraska, who also spent time in the NFL with Tennessee, Jacksonville and St. Louis, led the team with 105 yards rushing and five TD’s. He also caught seven passes for 72 yards and a pair of scores. He notched 12.5 stops on defense in seven games played this season.

The Rookie of the Year will be announced on Wed., June 1. The All-Arena First and Second teams will be announced on Wednesday, May 25. Following is the 2005 All-Rookie team:

2005 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

POSITION PLAYER, TEAM

Quarterback Clint Stoerner, Dallas

Fullback/Linebacker Dan Alexander, Nashville

Offensive/Defensive lineman Aaron McConnell, Nashville

Offensive/Defensive lineman Joe Minucci, Nashville

Offensive/Defensive lineman Michael Landry, New Orleans

Wide receiver/Linebacker Derek Lee, Georgia

Wide receiver/Defensive back Kevin Nickerson, Austin

Offensive specialist Troy Bergeron, Georgia

Defensive specialist Billy Parker, New York

Defensive specialist Alvin Porter, New Orleans

Kicker Peter Martinez, Grand Rapids

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