Three more join defending champs
SOUTHAVEN, MS --- The reigning ArenaCup champion Memphis Xplorers of af2 announced today that the league has assigned the team QB Stan Hill of Marshall University, WR/DB Remuise Johnson of the University of Kansas and OL/DL Nicholas "Trip" Delcampo of the University of Delaware. This recent round of assignments brings the current total of assigned players for the 2006 season to 25.
Hill is a native of Oxford, MS and makes his return to the Mid-South after a successful career at Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia. Hill, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, played in 41 games for the Thundering Herd and finished his career with 38 touchdown passes and 6 rushing touchdowns. He also completed 62.1 percent of his passes (420 for 676). Entering his senior season, Hill was one of 22 finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award that is presented annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback. He helped lead Marshall to a 6-2 record in the MAC in 2004 and an appearance in the Fort Worth Bowl. He comes from a school that has produced such recent NFL quarterbacks as the Jacksonville Jaguars' Byron Leftwich and the New York Jets' Chad Pennington.
"We are excited to get Stan Hill for the 2006 season," Xplorers Head Coach Danton Barto said. "Stan comes from a great school that is known for producing great quarterbacks. I believe that he has the opportunity to be a great arena quarterback."
Johnson, 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, capped off his college career with two seasons at the University of Kansas after playing two seasons at Garden City Community College in Kansas. The Boynton Beach, Florida native finished his KU career with 7 interceptions and 60 solo tackles. His 6 picks his junior season marked the first time since 1983 that a Jayhawk player had six or more interceptions in a season. Johnson was also the team's primary punt returner both seasons.
"Remuise is a player that, if you look at his career, one thing jumps out of you and that is everywhere he has played he makes plays," Barto said. "I expect him to come in and make an immediate impact for us this season."
The 6-5, 305 pound Delcampo was a walk-on that became a four-year letterwinner at offensive tackle at Division I-AA Delaware. The Blue Hens went 34-17 in his four seasons including 15-1 in his junior season when the team captured the I-AA national championship. He anchored an offensive line that consistently ranked among the conference leaders in rushing offense and scoring offense. Delcampo was also a first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a senior in 2004. He played in a total of 44 games, starting the final 29.
"Trip comes to us highly recommended as a player," Barto said. "We look for him to come in and be a very good pass blocking lineman in af2."
Xplorers assignments to date:
Charles Allgood WR/DB 6-2 202 Adams State
Josh Blankenship QB 6-2 220 Western Washington
Jordan Brumbaugh OL/DL 6-4 262 Tuskegee University
Tavaris Capers WR/DB 5-9 180 Central Florida
Trip Delcampo OL/DL 6-5 305 Delaware
Darrell Dowery WR/DB 6-0 175 Kent State
Domonique Dunbar WR/DB 6-1 190 Louisville
Christopher Eggleston OL/DL 6-4 303
Earven Flowers WR/DB 5-9 193 Kentucky
Kenyun Glover OL/DL 6-3 312 Memphis
Greg Golden DS 5-11 189 North Carolina State
O'Keefe Henderson WR/DB 5-11 188 Mississippi Valley State
Stan Hill QB 6-3 215 Marshall
Ryan Hoffman OL/DL 6-5 280 Shippensburg
Remuise Johnson WR/DB 5-9 176 Kansas
Treveco Lucas OL/DL 6-1 270 Memphis
Jeremiah Mason WR/DB 6-1 190 Northeastern/Syracuse
Phillip Perry OL/DL 6-2 295 San Jose State
Steven Rush WR/KR 5-10 205 Southwest Missouri State
Danny Triplett FB/LB 6-2 245 Northern Iowa
Ronald Tupea OL/DL 6-1 305 Utah State
Maurice Troutman OL/DL 6-3 264 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Tyrone Walker WR/DB 6-3 200 Western Michigan
Marcus Walton FB/LB 6-2 245 Maine
Mark Weivoda OL/DL 6-2 295 Idaho State
The Memphis Xplorers...2005 ArenaCup Champions
The Xplorers will defend their Arena Cup Championship in 2006 and you can be in on the action. The season begins on April 1 at Tennessee Valley with the home opener on April 8 versus the Florida Firecats.
Season Tickets are available now and begin as low as $56. Don't miss all the action of the "50-Yard Indoor War." For season ticket information call the Xplorers office at 662-342-1755.
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