Tim Lester Leads Xplorers Into Training Camp

March 18, 2002 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Memphis Xplorers News Release

Rain Forces First Session Inside Quarterback Tim Lester has returned to the Memphis Xplorers.

One of the top passers of arenafootball2 over the second half of the 2001 season, Lester had been in camp with the Carolina Cobras of the Arena Football League. But a quarterback glut in Carolina had him ask for his release and he returned to Memphis, glad to be reunited with head coach Danton Barto.

Lester’s return became official when the af2 league office approved his signing by the Xplorers and assigned him to Memphis.

“I asked for my release because I want to play,” Lester said. “It’s too bad it didn’t work out in Carolina, but the best way for me to show what I can do is to play. And this team is a quarterback’s dream with these kinds of receivers.”

The Xplorers have signed Russell Copeland, Johnny Loper and Deumaine Reeder among the 33 players attending the first day of training camp. Bad weather forced the Xplorers to move their first practice session from outside at Southaven High School to the exhibition hall (not the main arena) of the DeSoto Civic Center.

The regular season begins April 6th at Louisville. The Xplorers begin their home season Saturday April 20th against the Bossier City Battle Wings at 7:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Civic Center.

Fans can get in on the action of all eight Xplorers’ games at the DeSoto Civic Center, for as little as $63, which includes free parking and other benefits. For additional information on Xplorers individual game tickets, season tickets, group information or corporate opportunities call (662) 342-1755.

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