Three More Added to Renegades Roster
LUBBOCK, TX: February 27, 2008 - The Lubbock Renegades of the arenafootball2 (af2) welcomed three names to the 2008 roster with the league assignment of lineman Ty Rogers, wide receiver / defensive back Victor Smith and Brandon Sparrow.
"These are three players that are pieces of the puzzle," said Renegades Head Coach Rodney Blackshear. "Ty brings experience and Victor and Brandon each bring a whale of speed. As the head coach, I have to put this puzzle together but it starts with having the pieces."
Rogers, a 6'1" 310-pound lineman from The Colony, Texas, comes to Lubbock after spending a short time in the Intense Football League (IFL) last season with the Belton, Texas based CenTex Barracudas. The product of Hardin-Simmons University has spent parts of two prior seasons with af2 franchises. In 2002, he attended training camp with the Norfolk Nighthawks and the Mobile Wizards, and in 2003, he was traded from the Laredo Law to the Tulsa Talons during training camp but was never activated for any regular season action. He has since had stints with the Evansville Bluecats of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL), Canton Legends of the Atlantic Indoor Football League (AIFL) and San Angelo Stampede of the IFL. Rogers attended Lewisville High School, which claimed the 1996 5A State Championship, before attending Hardin-Simmons. He also attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri.
Smith comes to the Renegades without any prior pro or collegiate football experience, but with a lot of speed. Coach Rodney Blackshear came across Smith at an Independent Indoor Football Alliance (IIFA) league tryout. Smith had the fastest 40-yard dash time and originally signed a contract with the Terrell, Texas based Kaufman County Crunch, but the team released him from his contract to agree to terms with the af2. The 6'1 165-pound native of Lancaster, Texas attended Paul Quinn College in Dallas.
Sparrow joins the Renegades after a successful Arena Football League tryout in Orlando. The Durham, North Carolina native played at NCAA Div. III Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2006. In nine games with the Quakers, the 6'0" 198-pound WR/DB tied for second on the team in interceptions (4) and also compiled 28 tackles (23 solo). Prior to attending Guilford, he attended Wake Technical Community College (Raleigh, NC) and North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC).
The three new addition places the Renegades with 24 players announced for 2008, as they join Marquis Belton (WR), Jake Bauer (K), Jerome Braziel (DB), LeJuan Edwards (WR/DB), Joseph Harris (WR), Lorenzo Hoffman (WR), Chad Jackson (WR/DB), Marquis Johnson (WR), Xavier Lawson-Kennedy (OL/DL), Orlando Medlock (FB/LB), Anthony Moore (FB/LB) Wali Mumin (DB), Alex Otoo (DB), Elliot Powell (DB), Ronald Redmond (OL/DL), Justin Robinson (DB), Moqut Ruffins (OL/DL), Ty Sellers (QB), Marcus Walker (WR/DB), Fred Weinke (FB/LB), and Corey White (DB). Media members looking to interview Blackshear or seeking additional information in regards to the new additions may contact Chris Due at 806-744-5858.
The Renegades are now preparing for the 2008 season and their second in the af2. Season ticket and corporate sponsorship information for the 2008 season is available by contacting the Renegades office at (806) 744-5858. Lubbock kicks off their second season on April 5th in Austin before hosting Oklahoma City for their home opener on April 12th at City Bank Coliseum. Additional Renegades info can be found online via their official site at www.lubbockrenegades.com.
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