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Titans sign first two players

October 5, 2006 - American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) - Tallahassee Titans News Release

TALLAHASSEE, FL- The Tallahassee Titans have announced the signing of their first two players for the 2007 season. Ben Dougherty and Brandon McDowell were announced in front of a fan filled audience at Hooters of Tallahassee. Dougherty, a two year starting QB for the Florida A&M Rattlers from 2003-'04, looks to take the helm for the Titans inaugural season. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Titans organization. I've had several opportunities with other teams through the US, including a short stink in Canada, but to be able to stay in Tallahassee with my wife and newborn daughter means a lot to me," said Dougherty during the conference.

During his tenure at FAMU, Ben passed for 5,231 yards, good for forth all time in school history. He completed 477-764 passes, which still holds as a FAMU record for career completion percentage (62.4). Demonstrating his athletic ability, Ben also rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns over his two seasons. In 2005, Ben was invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis where he walked out as the 12th ranked QB in the 2005 NFL draft. At 6'4, 220lbs, Ben is the prototypical size for a pro quarterback. "We are very excited to have Ben as a member of the Titans organization," said Josh Stagner, Vice President of Operations for the Titans, "Ben has demonstrated not only the talent and ability to play at this level, but also brings the intangibles that are so important for a QB to have."

Unable to attend the event, but signed over a week ago, Brandon McDowell will bring Indoor Football experience to the first year Titans. A three year veteran of the indoor game, Brandon started for the Florence Phantoms in 2005 where he amassed 70 receptions for over 900 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named 2nd Team All-Southern Conference. In 2004, Brandon played for the Fayetteville Guard of the NIFL where he finished 7th in the league in receiving with 66 receptions for 726 yards and 26.

"The signings of both Ben and Brandon are a demonstration of the talent the Titans will be competing with for our inaugural season," said Stagner. "We don't have a two or three year plan to win. We plan to win right now."

The Titans, who begin play in February of 2007, will be holding their first of three open tryouts on October 14th, at Cox Stadium. Registration will begin at 8:00am with the official tryouts starting at 9:00am. A $65 tryout fee is assessed for those who wish to tryout.

The Tallahassee Titans play their home games in the Tallahassee/Leon County Civic Center located in Tallahassee, FL. For more information on the team, visit their web site at or call the main office at (850) 412-0029.

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