Trio of NFL Products Joining Renegades
LUBBOCK, TX: February 28, 2007 - The inaugural Lubbock Renegades of the arenafootball2 (af2) announce that wide receiver/linebacker Joey Hawkins, line backer / wide receiver Preston Hartfield and defensive back / wide receiver David Terrell have been assigned to the club for the 2007 season.
Hawkins returns to the Hub City after spending time on the practice squad this season of the NFL Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts. The 6'9" 250-pound native of Gilmer, Texas has been tied-in with the Colts over the last couple of seasons with training camp and practice squad invites, but has not seen any NFL live action. Last season, Hawkins went to the NFL Europe's Rhein Fire as property of the Colts and had one five-yard reception in one game played. Hawkins is known in Lubbock for his tenure at Texas Tech as a two-sport athlete. He played basketball under Head Coach Bob Knight and was a two-year letterman in Football under Head Coach Mike Leach. In 29 career football games for the Red Raiders from 2000 - 2004, he combined for 214 receiving yards on 17 catches at the tight end position. Hawkins started in two of the 12 games he played in as a senior in 2004. He came to Texas Teach after transferring from Southeast Missouri State. Hawkins, 25, is a product of Colleyville, Texas' Heritage High School, where he was a First Team All-Tarrant County performer his senior year after catching 37 passes for 670 yards and 8 touchdowns to claim team MVP honors. He is the brother of Chad Hawkins, who was a 2000 Texas Rangers First Round draft selection.
Hartfield reunites himself with Renegades Head Coach Rodney Blackshear for his second season of af2 action. The two were together in Rio Grande Valley during the 2004 season with the af2's Dorados. He only lasted three games with the Dorados that season before leaving to sign a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. In the three games with Rio Grande Valley, Hartfield had 8 receptions for 92 yards and 3 touchdowns on the offensives side of the ball and had 10 tackles (5 solo), 1 interception, 2.5 tackles for a loss, and a half-sack on defense. The 26 year-old held the Dorados single-game record for assisted tackles with 7 at the close of the 2004 season. He turned pro in 2003, signing as a free agent with the Washington Redskins. Prior to going pro, the Alvord, Texas native closed out his college career with Texas Tech University in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl with Clemson, where he had 4 receptions for 64 yards. Hartfield started out in the backfield at Texas Tech before transitioning into an inside receiver and completing his senior year (2002) with 207 yards receiving on 21 receptions. The 23 year-old was a multi-sport star at Alvord High School. Outside of receiving All-District MVP honors in 1998, 1997 District Offensive Player of the Year and two Second Team All-District awards (1995,1996) for his efforts on the gridiron, Hartfield was also a four-time all-district selection in baseball and basketball. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) in 1999 and helped lead the program to a NAIA National Championship before transferring to Texas Tech. Since his time with the Ravens, Hartfield has attended several invitational workouts at the NFL and Canadian Football League level.
Terrell (tuh-rell), a native of Sweetwater, Texas, comes to the Renegades with five seasons of NFL playing experience. The former seventh round draft selection of the Washington Redskins in the 1998 NFL Draft began his NFL career in 2000 after spending the 1999 season on the Redskins practice squad. The 31 year-old spent four seasons with the Redskins (2000 - 2003) and spent his final NFL season in 2004 with the Oakland Raiders. His overall defensive numbers for the safety included 159 tackles (135 solo), 17 pass deflections and 6 interceptions in 70 games. Prior to turning pro, the 6'2" 190-pounder attended the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He was an All-WAC Mountain West Division second team member as a junior in 1996, but did not play as a senior in 1997 due to the lack of college hours. A product of Sweetwater High School, Terrell was an All-State free safety in football and was an All-District basketball selection.
The Renegades kick off their inaugural campaign April 6th on the road in Amarillo. Their home opener is scheduled for a 3 PM kickoff on Sunday, April 15th at City Bank Coliseum against the Arkansas Twisters. Individual ticket and corporate sponsorship information is available by contacting the Renegades office at (806) 744-5858. Additional Renegades info can be found online via their official site at www.lubbockrenegades.com.
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