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Thunder Rookies Return

September 25, 2014 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Portland Thunder News Release

Portland, Ore. - The 2015 Portland Thunder roster will be full of familiar faces. Today, the team announced it has exercised the option on 27 Arena Football League rookies that played in Portland last year.

The list is impressive, including All-Arena defensive backs Varmah Sonie and Bryce Peila and "Home Grown" Oregon stars like Darron Thomas, Peila, Brandon Tett, Brandon Lockheart, Dustin Risseeuw, Marquis Jackson, Zach Ramirez and Kevin Cummings.

Pos. Name Height Weight College

OL John Collins 6'4" 305 Harvard

WR Kevin Cummings 6'1" 185 Oregon St.

OL Stanley Daniels 6'4" 310 Washington

QB Nathan Enderle 6'4" 230 Idaho

DL/LB Marquis Jackson 6'4" 265 Portland St.

OL Max Jean-Gilles 6'4" 340 Georgia

DB Coryell Judie 6'0" 195 Texas A&M

WR James Kirkendoll 5'10" 185 Texas

OL/DL Brandon Lockheart 6'7" 315 Oregon St.

OL Abe Markowitz 6'1" 305 USC

OL John Martinez 6'2" 325 USC

WR Douglas McNeil III 6'3" 200 Bowie St.

DL Jake McDonough 6'5" 305 Iowa St.

OL Jeraill McCuller 6'7" 300 NC St.

DB Okechukwu Okoroha 6'0" 210 Boston College

DL Donte Paige-Moss 6'4" 280 North Carolina

DB Bryce Peila 6'1" 205 W. Oregon

K Zach Ramirez 6'1" 205 Portland St.

FB Dustin Risseeuw 6'2" 280 W. Oregon

WR Eric Rogers 6'4" 210 Cal-Lutheran

OL Aderious Simmons 6'7" 305 Arizona St.

DB Brian Smith 5'11" 180 Virginia Union

DB Varmah Sonie 5'8" 175 Northern Iowa

DL Brandon Tett 6'1" 270 Oregon

QB Darron Thomas 6'2" 215 Oregon

DB Dion Turner 6'0" 185 Southern Utah

WR Dontrel Watkins 6'2" 200 Utah St.

In addition to exercising rookie options, the Thunder also activated DL Jake McDonough from the Other League Exempt list and placed OL Stanley Daniels and FB Nick Torresso on League Suspension.

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