UFL 2011 Season Rosters Announced
September 12, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) News Release
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Monday, September 12, 2011 - All four United Football League teams have set their 51-man rosters ahead of the 2011 season, which kicks off its third campaign when the Omaha Nighthawks welcome the Virginia Destroyers to TD Ameritrade Park at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Thursday, September 15. Two days later in Sacramento, the Mountain Lions host the defending champion Las Vegas Locomotives at Hornet Stadium at 10.30pm PT / 7.30pm ET.
Here is a breakdown of all four active rosters, which are listed at www.UFL-Football.com.
LAS VEGAS LOCOMOTIVES
Quarterbacks (3) - Chase Clement, Brian Brohm and Zac Lee.
Running backs (4) - DeDe Dorsey, Marcel Shipp, Hakim Hill and Bobby Rome.
Wide receivers (5) - Cameron Colvin, Eddie Drummond, Saalim Hakim, Samie Parker, Andrae Thurman.
Tight ends (4) - Adam Bergen, Xavier Lee, Jamie Petrowski and Dezmond Sherrod.
Offensive linemen (8) - Joel Bell, Jesse Boone, Tim Duckworth, Daverin Geralds, Keith Gray, Ben Ossai, Albert Toeaina and Brandon Torrey.
Defensive linemen (9) - Ryan Boschetti, Copeland Bryan, Josh Cooper, Eric Henderson, Alfred Malone, Mike Montgomery, Lauvale Sape, Marcus Smith and Montavious Stanley.
Linebackers (6) - Kris Griffin, Danny Lansanah, Simoni Lawrence, Teddy Lehman, Brandon Moore and Marcus Riley.
Defensive backs (9) - Lewis Baker, Wale Dada, Marquis Floyd, Ron Girault, Jamal Lewis, Patrick Stoudamire, Brandon Sumrall, Nick Turnbull and Trae Williams.
Kicker (1) - Aaron Pettrey.
Punter (1) - Danny Baugher.
Long snapper (1) - Rigo Morales.
The Locos will be led into 2011 offensively by quarterback Chase Clement, the 2010 UFL Championship Game Most Valuable Player. Las Vegas returns its entire running back crew from last year, including exciting tailback DeDe Dorsey. The receiving corps is paced by third-year Locos Andrae Thurman and Samie Parker at wide receiver and Adam Bergen at tight end.
The Locos offensive line includes two-year starter Jesse Boone at center and ex-Canadian Football Leaguer Joel Bell at tackle.
Las Vegas has veterans Eric Henderson and Josh Cooper (ends) and Ryan Boschetti, Alfred Malone and Lauvale Sape (tackles) along the defensive line, along with ex-Green Bay Packer end Mike Montgomery. Once again, the Locos will have a strong linebacker group which features Teddy Lehman, the UFL's all-time leading tackler, and Brandon Moore. Third-year Locos Wale Dada (cornerback) and Jamal Lewis and Nick Turnbull (safeties) lead the way in the secondary, Turnbull coming back after missing almost all of 2010 due to injury.
Former Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey won the kicking duel, and joins third-year Locos Danny Baugher (punter) and Rigo Morales (long snapper) as Las Vegas' specialists. Former Pro Bowl return specialist Eddie Drummond will look to provide the offense with good field position all season long.
Quarterbacks (3) - Eric Crouch, Jeremiah Masoli and Troy Smith.
Running backs (4) - Maurice Clarett, Noel Devine, John Griffin and Shaud Williams.
Wide receivers (8) - Andrew Brewer, Chris Davis, Roy Hall, Chad Jackson, Phillip Livas, Chad Lucas, Greg Orton and Aubrey Quarles.
Tight end (1) - Lee Vickers.
Offensive linemen (9) - Garrett Anderson, Damion Cook, Mitch Erickson, Dan Gay, Nick Hennessey, Zachary Kendall, Donovan Raiola, Greg Ryan and Orrin Thompson.
Defensive linemen (8) - Christian Anthony, Kevin Basped, Walter Curry, Dusty Dvoracek, Claude Harriott, Curtis Johnson, Justin Mincey and Jay Moore.
Linebackers (6) - Angelo Crowell, Morlon Greenwood, Steve Octavien, Kendall Smith, Patrick Thomas and Michael Wilhoite.
Defensive backs (10) - Ricardo Colclough, Dovonte Edwards, DeMarcus Faggins, Eric Green, Clinton Hart, Reynaldo Hill, Mike O'Connell, Stewart Schweigert, Keith Smith and Aaron Weathers.
Kicker/punter (1) - Tom Mante.
Long snapper (1) - Matt Overton.
Omaha's spread offense has three talented potential leaders in quarterbacks Eric Crouch, Troy Smith and Jeremiah Masoli - two of which were Heisman Trophy winners (Crouch and Smith).
Whomever the quarterback is will have plenty of targets to choose from, including former New England Patriots second-round pick Chad Jackson. The running game features dynamic rookie Noel Devine and returnees Maurice Clarett and Shaud Williams. There are five newcomers along the offensive line, including two-year UFL starter Orrin Thompson at tackle.
On defense, the Nighthawks boast quality depth along the line, including 2010 sack leader Jay Moore and a player who could be the UFL comeback story of the year in rookie Christian Anthony at end. Tackle leader Patrick Thomas is back at linebacker, leading a group, which recently acquired ex-Cornhusker Steve Octavien. Among the team's 10 defensive backs are five returnees and former NFL newcomers Dovonte Edwards, Reynaldo Hill and Keith Smith.
Ex-Yale Bulldog Tom Mante is looking to become the UFL's first kicker/punter combination, and long snapper Matt Overton is back for his third UFL campaign.
SACRAMENTO MOUNTAIN LIONS
Quarterbacks (3) - Jordan Palmer, Ryan Colburn and McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Running backs (4) - Cory Ross, John David Washington, Steve Baylark and Charles Ali.
Wide receivers (6) - Otis Amey, Jayson Foster, Marcus Maxwell, Kenny Moore, Reggie Williams and Aaron Woods.
Tight ends (3) - Kai Brown, Dominique Jones and Galen Stone.
Offensive linemen (8) - Patrick Afif, Nick Howell, Sam Lightbody, Tyler Luellen, Kurt Quarterman, Erik Robertson, Matt Spanos and Torrin Tucker.
Defensive linemen (8) - Brian Coulter, Jason Parker, Greg Peterson, Josh Savage, Jonas Seawright, Jason Stewart, Ekom Udofia and Willie Williams.
Linebackers (7) - Victor Aiyewa, Maurice Crum, Prince Kwateng, Ronnie Palmer, Clinton Snyder, Michael Tauiliili and Dontarrious Thomas.
Defensive backs (9) - Victor Anderson, Robert Bourne, John Busing, Manny Collins, Dennis Keyes, Terrell Maze, Jermaine Phillips, Will Poole and Ronnie Prude.
Kicker (1) - Fabrizio Scaccia.
Punter (1) - Tom Malone.
Long snapper (1) - Aaron King.
Sacramento's offense will once again will be paced by workhorse running back Cory Ross, the reigning UFL Offensive Player of the Year. There are two new wide receivers, led by ex-Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick Reggie Williams, and two new tight ends among the receivers. The Mountain Lions, however, need to figure out who their starting quarterback is going to be among ex-Cincinnati Bengal Jordan Palmer and rookies Ryan Colburn (Fresno State) and McLeod Bethel-Thompson (Sacramento State). The offensive line has 2010 starters back in Tyler Luellen (left tackle), Sam Lightbody (right tackle) and Erik Robertson and Matt Spanos (right guards) back.
The Mountain Lions defense has depth at every level. Defensive end Josh Savage, one of the top pass rushers in the UFL in 2010, has a chance to be so again in 2011, and opposing teams will have trouble running up the middle with tackles Jonas Seawright (330 pounds) and Jason Stewart (320) there. Linebacker has always been a strength for the franchise, and should be again with starters Michael Tauiliili and Dontarrious Thomas back, as well as four backups. Sacramento's secondary, which has had just five interceptions in two seasons, has five new faces.
Sacramento's entire specialist crew, including strong-legged kicker Fabrizio Scaccia, is back, as is return dynamo Aaron Woods. The Mountain Lions look to have a sound kicking game this fall.
Quarterbacks (3) - Chris Greisen, Mike McMahon and Derek Devine.
Running backs (5) - Dominic Rhodes, Adrian Peterson, Clifton Smith, Jason Davis and Billy Latsko.
Wide receivers (6) - Aundrae Allison, Cortez Hankton, Calvin Russell, Jamarko Simmons, John Standeford and Huey Whittaker.
Tight ends (2) - Ronnie Ghent and Michael Matthews.
Offensive linemen (9) - Adrien Clarke, Anthony Davis, Xavier Fulton, Na'Shan Goddard, Brett Helms, Shane Olivea, Jonathan Palmer, Cole Pemberton and Kyle Young.
Defensive linemen (8) - Jay Alford, McKinley Boykin, Antwon Burton, Joe Clermond, Orien Harris, Quentin Moses, Marques Murrell and Jeremy Navarre.
Linebackers (6) - Diyral Briggs, Savion Frazier, Neal Howey, Kenny Ingram, Terrence Melton and Tony Taylor.
Defensive backs (9) - Tra Battle, Ahmad Carroll, Jerome Carter, Jason Horton, Keiwan Ratliff, Aaron Rouse, Darius Vinnett, Kyle Whitehurst and DeAngelo Willingham.
Kicker (1) - Delbert Alvarado.
Punter (1) - Matt Henry.
Long snapper (1) - Ryan Senser.
Virginia has a boatload of veteran experience leading its offense in quarterback Chris Greisen, running backs Dominic Rhodes and Adrian Peterson and wide receivers Cortez Hankton, Calvin Russell and John Standeford. The Destroyers also have experience in tight ends Ronnie Ghent and Michael Matthews, as well as five ex-Florida Tuskers along the offensive line. Virginia has 2010 Tuskers starters back at left guard, right guard and right tackle.
The Destroyers defensive line boasts 2010 UFL sack leader Joe Clermond at defensive end, underrated defensive tackle McKinley Boykin and former NFLers Jay Alford, Orien Harris, Quentin Moses, Marques Murrell and Jeremy Navarre. At linebacker, second-year UFLer Tony Taylor has the chance to become a star. And in the secondary, the veteran-laden group features former Packer first-round pick Ahmad Carroll and ex-NFLer Keiwan Ratliff at cornerback, and former Virginia Tech standout Aaron Rouse at safety.
Virginia's return game will be sound with ex-Pro Bowler Clifton Smith in the fold, while the kicking game, with kicker Delbert Alvarado and punter Matt Henry, is new to the professional level.
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