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October 19, 2011 - United Football League (UFL) - Virginia Destroyers News Release

Las Vegas at Virginia

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

Friday, October. 21, 2011

Kickoff: 8 p.m. (EDT)

TV: ComcastSportsNet

Radio: ESPN (94.1 FM)

2011 Destroyers Schedule

Date Opponent Score

9/15 at Omaha W 23-13

9/24 LAS VEGAS W 34-17

BYE

10/7 SACW 28-6

10/15 at SacL 20-27 OT

2011 UFL Standings

TeamW-LPct.

Virginia3-1.700

Las Vegas3-1.750

Omaha 1-3.250

Sacramento1-3 .250

THE GAME

The Virginia Destroyers look to win their first-ever United Football League Championship at 8 pm on Friday when they host the Las Vegas Locomotives at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The Locos have won the only two UFL Championship Games.

The game will be broadcast on ComcastSportsNet MidAtlantic (Cox Channel 11). Brent Harris will be doing play-by-play and Jerry Glanville will be doing color.

John Castleberry (play-by-play) and William Fuller (color) are the radio broadcast team for Virginia on ESPN Radio 94.1. Tony Cardasco (play-by-play) and Doug Marsh (color) will handle Las Vegas radio for Fox Sports Radio (920 AM).

Both teams have 3-1 records. Virginia suffered its first loss of the season last Friday, 27-20 in OT at Sacramento. Las Vegas defeated Omaha 13-6, also last Friday.

Virginia is led on offense by QB Chris Greisen, who completed passes at a 70.1-percent clip during the regular season with four touchdown passes and just two interceptions. The Destroyers also boast the league's leading rusher in Rhodes, the UFL's all-time touchdown leader (16) who rushed for 410 yards and six scores in four games. Virginia has one of the top defensive players in the league, as well, in middle linebacker Tony Taylor (27 total tackles, 2 ½ tackles for loss and three interceptions).

Las Vegas quarterback Chase Clement was efficient for the Locos all season, throwing just one interception in 119 attempts while running for two touchdowns. Veteran tailback Marcel Shipp paced the Locos with 166 rushing yards, while wide receiver Andrae Thurman had a team-high 18 catches during the regular season. Cornerback Marquis Floyd accounted for three takeaways in four games (two fumble recoveries and an interception).

THE SERIES

Virginia leads the series 1-0 after defeating Las Vegas 34-17 on Sept. 24.

The Destroyers dominated Las Vegas in that one, scoring on their first three possessions en route to a 24-0 lead.

QB Chris Greisen completed 18 of 23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Dominic Rhodes combined for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries

Virginia led 31-3 after three quarters, but Las Vegas got two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from backup quarterback Brian Brohm to wide receiver Hakim Hill. The Locos put up 273 yards of offense, but more than half of them came in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach.

LAST TIME OUT

Virginia was poised to wrap up its second straight victory over Sacramento when Sacramento snagged the back with no timeouts remaining late in the fourth quarter. McLeod Bethel-Thompson, making his first pro start, hit Otis Amey down the middle on fourth-and-15 with the game on the line down by seven. On the next play, Sacramento tied the game at 20 with another Bethel-Thompson to Amey connection with less than 30 seconds to play.

In overtime, the Mountain Lions scored after a Kenny Moore touchdown on their opening possession. They earned their first victory of the season when Wynel Seldon fumbled the ensuring kickoff.

The Destroyers got touchdowns from Dominic Rhodes (1-yard run) and Jamarko Simmons (2-yard reception from QB Mike McMahon). McMahon played nearly the entire game after starting Destroyers QB Chris Greisen left the game with back spasms. McMahon connected on 14 of his 22 passes for 177 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. Greisen was 4-of-4 for 51 yards prior to leaving the game.

In Omaha, the Locos got a pair of FGs from Clint Stitser (53, 32 yards), and Las Vegas found the end zone on its first possession of the second half when running back Marcell Shipp scored on a 10-yard run.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME HISTORY

Both UFL Championship Games have been thrillers, and both were won by the Las Vegas Locomotives.

- In the inaugural UFL Championship Game in 2009, the Locos topped the Florida Tuskers in overtime, 20-17, in front of 14,801 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium. The winning points came off the foot of Las Vegas kicker Graham Gano, who hit a 33-yard field goal just 1:43 into the extra period. Locos nickel back Isaiah Trufant picked off Tuskers quarterback Brooks Bollinger to set up the game-winning points. Las Vegas running back DeDe Dorsey was named the game's Most Valuable Player after scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns (runs of 38 and 1 yards) which twice gave the Locos the lead. Dorsey finished the game with 66 yards on 11 carries and 32 yards on four catches.

- The 2010 UFL Championship Game was played in front of 15,310 fans at venerable Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, and, once again, the Locos and Tuskers played a game which came down to the final snap. A blocked field goal by Las Vegas defensive tackle Alfred Malone allowed Las Vegas to come away with a 23-20 win. The eventual game-winning points were scored with 5:53 left in the third quarter, as Locos running back Hakim Hill scampered 37 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Las Vegas quarterback Chase Clement was the game's MVP, going 15-for-24 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and running for 30 yards on five carries.

SCHOTTENHEIMER ADDS TO HIS LEGEND

Virginia's season-opening victory over Omaha marked the UFL debut for Virginia Destroyers head coach Marty Schottenheimer, who brings with him more than 30 years of National Football League coaching experience. Schottenheimer ranks sixth all-time in NFL history with 200 regular-season victories. His NFL head coaching record is 205-139-1 (.596), and he is one of a handful of NFL head coaches to lead at least three different franchises to the playoffs. Schottenheimer's regular-season record is 200-126-1.

Schottenheimer was Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers from 2002-06, guiding the franchise to two AFC West championships and a 47-33 regular-season record. In 2004, Schottenheimer led the Chargers to one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, taking a team that finished last in the AFC West (4-12) in 2003 and turning it into an AFC West Champion (12-4) in 2004. It was the franchise's first division title since 1994, and the Chargers became the 22nd team in NFL history to go from worst to first since 1967.

The Associated Press, Pro Football Weekly, the Professional Football Writers of America, SportsIllustrated.com, American Football Monthly, The Dallas Morning News, CBS SportsLine.com and the NFL Alumni Association named Schottenheimer NFL Coach of the Year in 2004. He also was chosen as Professional Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club and AFC Coach of the Year by the NFL 101 Committee in Kansas City.

Prior to his time in San Diego, Schottenheimer was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins during the 2001 season, going 8-8.

For a decade from 1989-98, Schottenheimer was the Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, during which time the Chiefs averaged 10 wins a season and made seven playoff appearances. Under Schottenheimer, the Chiefs won the AFC West title three times and finished second in the division six times.

Schottenheimer's combined regular-season and postseason record in Kansas City was 104-65-1 (.615). While with the Chiefs, he was named AFC Coach of the Year by Football News in 1995, and the NFL Coach of the Year (Football Digest) and AFC Coach of the Year (USA Today) in 1997.

Schottenheimer's time as an NFL Head Coach began in the middle of the 1984 season, when he was named by the Browns to replace Sam Rutigliano. After going 4-4 to finish that season, Schottenheimer guided the Browns to four consecutive playoff appearances from 1985-88, including three straight AFC Central Division titles from 1985-87. Cleveland played in the 1986 and 1987 AFC Championship Games.

Schottenheimer, who was 46-31 (.597) combined with the Browns, was named 1986 AFC Coach of the Year by United Press International and Football News.

Marty versus the field

vs. Joe Moglia, OMA 1-0

-September 15, 2011 - VA beat OMA, 23-13

vs. Jim Fassel, LV - 2-2 vs. Fassel

-September 24, 2011 - VA beat LV, 34-17

- October 28, 2001 - WAS beat NYG, 35-21

- October 7, 2001 - WAS lost to NYG, 23-9

- December 20, 1998 - KC lost to NYG, 28-7

vs. Dennis Green, SAC - 3-2 vs. Green

-October 15, 2011 - SAC beat VA, 27-20 OT

-October 7, 2011 - VA beat SAC, 28-6

- December 31, 2006 - SD beat ARI, 27-20

- November 3, 1996 - KC beat MIN, 21-6

- December 26, 1993 - KC lost to MIN, 30-10

*In the case of Schottenheimer vs. Green, their last NFL head coaching meeting was the last time either one coached in a National Football League regular-season game - December 31, 2006. Schottenheimer's San Diego Chargers defeated Green's Arizona Cardinals, 27-20. The Chargers fell behind 7-0, and then ripped off 27 unanswered points en route to the victory.

 * The last time Schottenheimer and Fassel were NFL head coaching adversaries was nearly 10 years ago, on October 28, 2001, when both were in the NFC East - Schottenheimer with the Washington Redskins and Fassel with the New York Giants. On that day, the Redskins topped the Giants, 35-21, thanks to a pair of big plays - an 89-yard punt-return touchdown by Eric Metcalf and a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tony Banks to wide receiver Michael Westbrook.

HALL OF FAME CALLING, COACH

Destroyers Coach Marty Schottenheimer is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2012.

Voting will take place in February, the day before the Super Bowl. The selection committee will choose 25 semifinalists in November. That group of semifinalists will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and announced in early January.

Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced on Feb. 4, and will be inducted in August at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

RHODES SETTING MILESTONES

Destroyers RB Dominic Rhodes became the UFL's all-time leading rusher on Oct. 15 at Sacramento.

Rhodes came into Saturday's game with 920 career yards, while Sacramento's Cory Ross, had the career mark with 942.

The former Indianapolis Colt finished with 48 yards, giving him 968. Ross, hampered by a hamstring injury since the second game of the season, is now behind Rhodes on the career-rushing list. In the Oct. 15 game against the Destroyers, he ran for 9 yards, giving him a career total of 951.

Rhodes, who starred for the Florida Tuskers in 2010, is also the UFL career leader in points scored (96), touchdowns scored (16) and 100-yard rushing games (four).

THIRD TIME IS THE CHARM

LAS VEGAS LOCOS- Branndon Braxton, T- Jesse Boone, C- Adam Bergen, TE- Andrae Thurman, WR- Marcel Shipp, RB- Lauvale Sape, DT- Eric Henderson, DE- Brandon Moore, LB- Teddy Lehman, LB- Wale Dada, CB- Danny Baugher, P- Trey Young, CB- Marcus Riley, LB- Rigo Morales, LS- Samie Parker, WR- DeDe Dorsey, RB- Josh Cooper, DE (‘09 with FLA, ‘10 with LAS)VIRGINIA DESTROYERS (all with Florida Tuskers)- Anthony Davis, G- Chris Greisen, QB- McKinley Boykin, DT- Terrence Melton, LB- Jerome Carter, S- Darius Vinnett, CB

MR ACCURATE

Destroyers K Delbert Alvarado has converted 7 of his 8 FG attempts this season with a long of 45 yards (at Sacramento on 10/15). His lone miss, from 32 yards out, was blocked (vs. Omaha on 9/17). Alvarado is 10-of-10 on PATs.

BROTHERS ON THE FIELD

Defensive volunteer Kurt Schottenheimer has worked for the San Francisco 49ers, and is a former defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Detroit. Before coming to the Destroyers, he most recently coached the secondary for the Green Bay Packers. Kurt is the younger brother to head coach Marty Schottenheimer.

TUSKER ROOTS

The Virginia Destroyers are a successor to the Florida Tuskers, who advanced to the 2010 Championship Game. Twenty-one of the current Destroyers were Tuskers last season, and all of them played in the 2010 Championship Game. Last year's Tuskers were 2-3 when QB Chris Greisen (now the Destroyers' QB) took over as starter on Week 8, and Florida won its final three games, advancing to its second straight UFL Championship game against the Las Vegas Locomotives. Florida fell in the championship 23-20.

CLEAN START

The Destroyers are 14-of-16 in the red zone through four games.

WHY DESTROYERS'

A destroyer is a small, fast lightly armored but heavily armed warship. The Destroyers' home is the Hampton Roads area in southeastern Virginia, which is notable for its heavy military presence, with each branch of the armed forces represented, including the United State Navy, the Coast Guard, Air Force, NASA, the Marines and Army facilities. Hampton Roads boasts a population of 1.7 million and is the 36th largest metropolitan area in the nation. Hampton Roads is comprised of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Yorktown and Virginia Beach. Also included are the counties of Isle of Wight, James City, Surry and York. Each of these entities shares a close association to the water and the harbor called Hampton Roads.

STRONG ARM

Destroyers QB Chris Greisen has completed 61-of-87 passes for 695 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. He has thrown two interceptions, both against the Sacramento Mountain Lions on Oct. 7.

Greisen is on a roll in the UFL, dating back to his former team, the Florida Tuskers. Greisen (6-1 UFL regular-season record, 0-1 UFL postseason record, 12th professional season) started and won the final three regular-season games for the Tuskers last season, and his 97.5 passer rating would have been No. 1 in the UFL had he had enough passing attempts. He finished 58-for-84 for 664 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions during the regular season, then 24-for-42 for 346 yards and two rushing touchdowns in the UFL Championship Game.

DON'T THROW IT THEIR WAY

The Destroyers picked off three passes in the season opener on Sept. 15 against Omaha. FS Jerome Carter (20-yard return), middle linebacker Tony Taylor (10-yard return) and CB Kyle Whitehurst (21-yard return) each came down with interceptions. Taylor has since added two more picks, both against Sacramento on Oct. 7. Aaron Rouse had one interception for 23 yards at Sacramento on Oct. 15.

HEY, NEIGHBOR

Destroyers Coach Marty Schottenheimer, head coach of the Washington Redskins, is neighbors with another Redskin legend: Joe Gibbs. Schottenheimer and Gibbs both have homes in Cornelius, N.C., and both are avid golfers. Schottenheimer claims to have a slight edge over Gibbs in that game, but noted, "You can never be too sure with Joe. He's so competitive."

DESTROYER CAPTAINS

QB Chris Greisen, LB Terrence Melton, S Jerome Carter and a special teams player to be decided on a game-by-game basis will be captains for the Destroyers. RB Clifton Smith has been the special teams captain for all the Destroyer games.

HE'S GOT STYLE

DE Stylez G. White was born Gregory Alphonso White, Jr. In 1985 he legally changed his name to Stylez G. White, inspired by the character in the 1985 Michael J. Fox film "Teen Wolf."

LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE HOME FANS

It rained and rained and rained, but that didn't keep 12,167 fans from packing the Sportsplex on Sept. 24 for the team's home opener against the Las Vegas Locos. The Destroyers were also a hot ticket in Omaha, where they opened the season in front of 15,836 fans on Sept. 15. On Oct. 7, Virginia drew 12,617 to the Sportsplex for its matchup versus Sacramento.

CHEERS FOR THE CHEERLEADERS

The Virginia Destroyers held tryouts in February and welcome 29 women hailing from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Carrollton. Kimberly Vaughn, an 8-year veteran of the Washington Redskins' cheerleading team, is dance team director. Vaughn was with the Redskins in 1998 and from 2000 to 2007 and a Pro Bowl representative in 2007. In early August, Vaughn's husband, Aaron, a Navy SEAL, was among 30 American service members who died when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan. The crash, which also took the lives of eight Afghans, was the deadliest single loss for American forces in the war in Afghanistan.

RIGHT ON, BAND!

The Right On Band is the official band of the Virginia Destroyers. The Virginia Beach band, which bills itself as the world's greatest '70s show band, is a 10-piece show band with a full horn section. Known for its outlandish '70s costumes, the band has performed all over the world and for three United States presidents.

THE OTHER ADRIAN PETERSON

The Destroyers' No. 29 was a four-time All-American at Georgia Southern, where he rushed for a Division I-AA record 6,559 career yards and won the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top Division I-AA offensive player. Peterson also set Division I-AA records for points in a career (524). His brother, Michael Peterson, plays linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons. He is not related to "the other Adrian Peterson," a running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

Through three games, Peterson has rushed for 160 yards on 33 carries with one TD.

Destroyers' UFL experience

*Designates

Tra Battle - 09 New York, 10 Hartford

McKinley Boykin - 09-10 Florida

Antwon Burton - 10 Florida-Sacramento

Jerome Carter - 09-10 Florida

Adrien Clarke - 10 Florida

Joe Clermond - 10 Florida

Anthony Davis - 09-10 Florida

Jason Davis - 10 Hartford

Maurice Fountain - 09-10, Hartford, 10 Las Vegas

Ronnie Ghent - 09 New York, 10 Hartford

Na'Shan Goddard - 10 Florida

Chris Greisen - 09-10 Florida

Cortez Hankton - 10 Florida

Mike McMahon - 09 California

Terrence Melton - 09-10 Florida

Eric Moore - 10 Florida

Shane Olivea - 10 Florida

Dominic Rhodes - 10 Florida

Aaron Rouse - 10 Omaha

Calvin Russell - 10 Florida

Ryan Senser - 10 Florida

John Standeford - 10 Florida

Tony Taylor - 10 Florida

Darius Vinnett - 09-10 Florida

Seth Wand - 09, 10 Florida

Kyle Whitehurst - 10 Hartford

Huey Whittaker - 10 Florida

Kyle Young - 10 Florida

DESTROYERS QUICK HITTERS

*WR Aundrae Allison was the first player in East Carolina history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season (83 catches, 1,024 yards as a junior in 2005). ...Allison loves to cook and can't resist flipping through cooking magazines in grocery stores. Among his specialties: chimi cheesecake, a dessert that includes deep fried taco shells and caramel.

*LB Mike Balogun did not play high school football his junior and senior years at Suitland (Md) High School. After high school, he took a job as a carpenter's assistant to support his family. For two years he played semi-pro ball in the North American Football League and at 23 years old, he enrolled in Lackawanna Junior College in Scanton, Pa. After playing sparingly his first season, he was named a second team All-American his second year. He transferred to Oklahoma as a junior (2008) - the same year the Sooners became the No. 1 team in the nation.

*S Tra Battle, whose mother, Tonya, is an ordained Baptist minister, has collaborated with Athletes for Education to create a foundation titled "Battle for Success," dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the less privileged that is geared toward all age groups in the San Diego community. He has worked in elementary schools and convalescent homes.

*LB Diyral Briggs has two indulgences: Xbox (especially "Call of Duty") and the "Real Housewives" series.

*CB Ahmad Carroll, a first-round draft pick (25th overall) by the Green Bay Packers in 2004, founded the Humble Grind Foundation in Atlanta to help youngsters develop life skills and healthy lifestyles. The foundation partners with business leaders, athletes and entertainers to show youth their potential. The foundation aims to enrich lives with athleticism, health education, academics and career development while implementing life skills that will lead to personal success. ...Carroll was a violinist as a child. He enjoys bowling and coaching the T-ball team his son, Jeremiah, plays for.

*FB Jason Davis and RB Adrian Peterson enjoy singing karaoke together, including songs from Journey, Kool and the Gang and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

*QB Chris Greisen was a two-time All-American at Northwest Missouri State and led the Bearcats to the NCAA Division II National Championship as a senior. He is the all-time leader in school history in passing yards (5,731) and touchdown passes (51). As an All-American, Greisen threw for a school-record 2,937 yards and 25 touchdowns. He runs the "Chris Greisen Quarterback Academy" during the offseason in Green Bay and co-hosts "Talking Football with Chris Greisen," a radio show in the Green Bay/Appleton area. Greisen has four children: Michaela, 7, Hannah, 6, Patrick, 3, and Andrew, 18 months.

Greisen's grandfather, Stan Kramer, played for the Green Bay Packers in 1946. Kramer made sure Chris and his younger brother, Nick, were at every home Green Bay Packers game, and Greisen vividly recalls the first game Brett Favre ever played in. Linebacker Nick Greisen, currently a free agent, was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2002 draft. Nick has also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos. The boys are cousins to former Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach.

*P Matt Henry played shooting guard at Cresskill (NJ) High School, where he became the school's all-time leader in points with 1,791.

*DT Orien Harris enjoys working in his parents' Palm Beach (Fla.) bistro when he's not playing football. He's also a cartoon junkie with a passion for Kung Fu movies.

*Linebacker Terrence Melton majored in sports science at Rice University, where he was team captain in 1998. Melton also attended the Harvard Business School. ... In his spare time, Melton loves to tinker with cars. He owns a '73 Buick Centurion convertible that is candy red with a peanut butter top.

*OL Shane Olivea loves to ski, particularly in Aspen. He's a diehard fan of the New York Yankees and lists his all-time favorite player as Babe Ruth. Olivier is the lone player on the roster that played under Coach Marty Schottenheimer in the NFL. He was with the San Diego Chargers from 2004-07.

*RB Dominic Rhodes carried 21 times for 113 yards with one touchdown to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4, 2007. Though Colts QB Peyton Manning won the MVP Award, many considered Rhodes the MVP. He accounted for 143 all-purpose yards and in the second half carried 14 times for 87 yards.

One game day ritual that Rhodes considers a must: Skipping the body lotion. "I never put on lotion before a game," he said.

*Safety Aaron Rouse, a former Green Bay Packer and New York Giant, hails from Virginia Beach, home to the Destroyers. Rouse attended First Colonial High School before going on to star at Virginia Tech. Rouse is one of two Virginia natives on the roster. Cornerback Kyle Whitehurst graduated from Bethel High School before attending Hampton University. Rouse enjoys fishing and his 1968 midnight blue Chevy C10.

LS Ryan Senser was a tight end and outside linebacker until he blew out his knee in high school. Retearing the knee his freshman year of college at Ohio University convinced him to become a long snapper.

OL Kyle Young enjoys skeet shooting and hunting. He raises pigs at his northern San Diego home.

2011 VIRGINIA DESTROYERS PRONOUNCIATION GUIDE

GREISEN ChrisGRY-son

McKinley BOYKINBOY-kin

Joe CLERMONDCLAIR-mond

Shane OLIVEAOH-liv-e-a

KEIWAN RatliffKEY-Whan

Darius VINNETTVa-NET

Ronnie GHENTJent

TRA BattleTrey

DIYRAL Briggs DIE-Rell

Mike BALOGUNBAL-a-ginn

Derek DEVINEDuh-VINE

SIMEON CastilleSIM-e-un

SAVION FrazierSAV-e-on

ORIEN HarrisOR-e-an

NA'SHAN GoddardNAY-shawn

2011 Destroyers Depth Chart

Offense

QB:14 Chris Greisen8 Mike McMahon3 Derek Devine

FB:42 Billy Latsko47 Jason Davis

RB:33 Dominic Rhodes29 Adrian Peterson22 Clifton Smith25 Wynel Seldon

WR:16 Aundrae Allison88 Calvin Russell

LT:79 Jonathan Palmer76 Na'Shan Goddard78 Seth Wand

LG:66 Anthony Davis

C:72 Kyle Young61 Brett Helms

RG:63 Adrien Clarke

RT:73 Clint Oldenburg

TE:86 Ronnie Ghent89 Michael Matthews80 Jamarko Simmons

WR:81 Cortez Hankton15 Huey Whittaker82 John Standeford

Defense:

LDE:92 Maurice Fountain96 Eric Moore

LDT:91 Jay Alford69 Orien Harris

RDT:68 McKinley Boykin93 Antwon Burton

RDE:58 Joe Clermond94 Stylez White

LB:55 Terrance Melton59 Diyral Briggs

LB:50 Tony Taylor53 Mike Balogun

LB:52 Savion Frazier51 Darnell Bing

LCB:28 Ahmad Carroll35 Kyle Whitehurst

RCB:24 Darius Vinnett27 Simeon Castille31 Reggie Jones

FS:23 Jerome Carter39 DeAngelo Willingham

SS:26 Aaron Rouse36 Tra Battle

Specialists

P:1 Matt Henry

K:4 Delbert Alvarado

LS:49 Ryan Senser

Coaching StaffNotable Information

Head Coach Marty SchottenheimerProfessional football coach for 37 years with 205 career wins

Assistant General Manager John WuehrmannMore than 25 years of NFL front office experience (Cleveland, Washington, KC, SD)

Offensive Coordinator Terry SheaFormer offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears

Offensive Line Bill LaveroniSix years as offensive line coach and offensive line coach with the Seattle Seahawks

Running Backs Gerald CarrFormer wide receivers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles

Wide Receivers Bobby SaundersAssistant for the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills

Defensive Volunteer Kurt SchottenheimerFormer Defensive Coordinator for KC Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions

Defensive Line John MarshallEarned two Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant

Defensive Line Delbert CowsetteFormer defensive line coach at Hampton University

Defensive Backs Lionel WashingtonFormer cornerbacks coach Green Bay; Secondary coach Oakland Raiders

Linebackers Johnny HollandDefensive asst. coach/linebackers coach Detroit Lions; LB coach Houston Texans

Special Teams Mike StockFormer special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers

Strength/Training Chet FuhrmanNFL Strength Coach of the Year (2005) Pittsburgh Steelers

Head Equipment Manager Casey TurleyFormer equipment manager with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Asst. Equipment Manager Dustin StoverPrevious work with Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns

Head Trainer Darrell TurnerFormer head trainer at Winston-Salem State University

Dir. of Player Personnel Bret Munsey Led the Philadelphia Soul to the Arena Bowl Championship, 2008

#91 DL JAY ALFORD 6-2 280 Penn State

PREVIOUSLY: Pass rusher with a Super Bowl pedigree. Drafted by the NFL's New York Giants in the third round of 2007. Played for the Giants in 2007-08, and for the Raiders in 2010. Missed the 2009 season after knee surgery. Appeared in 36 NFL games, starting three. Made 13 tackles and assisted on five. Had a key sack in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLII to help seal the Giants' victory over undefeated New England. In camp with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year. Four-year starter at Penn State. Third-team All-American (AP) as a senior, All-Big 10 as junior and senior. 

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 assisted tackle as starting DL.

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles as starting DL.

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 solo tackle, two assists as starting DL, including 1 tackle for loss (-4 yards) and one-half sack (-3)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 pass broken up as starting DL

 #16 WR AUNDRAE ALLISON 6-0 198 East Carolina

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of 2007. Played for the Vikings in 2007-08, appearing in 26 games. He caught 18 passes for 231 yards. He also returned 26 kicks for 674 yards including one touchdown (104 yards), and returned nine punts for 58 yards. Signed with New York Jets but missed 2009 season after knee surgery. At East Carolina, was the first player in school history to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season (83 catches for 1,024 yards as a junior in 2005).

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 4 catches for 103 yards, including a long of 73 yards as starting WR

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 TD catch for 35 yards as starting WR

Game 3 (Sacramento): 2 catches for 18 yards as starting WR

Game 4 (@Sacramento): started at wide receiver

#4 PK DELBERT ALVARADO 6-0 200 South Florida

PREVIOUSLY: UFL rookie. Served as both punter and placekicker at South Florida, where he was successful on 91 or 93 PAT attempts and 26 of 47 field goals. He also averaged 40.3 yards per punt. Longest career field goal at South Florida was 56 yards.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Hit 3 of 4 field goal attempts and 2-of-2 PATs to account for 11 of Virginia's 23 points in opening week win ...the 32-yard miss was blocked

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2-2 FGS (31. 35 yards); 2-2 PATs; 7 kickoff for 431 yards (61.6) average, 1 touchback

Game 3 (Sacramento): 4-4 PATs; 5 kickoffs for 293 yards (58.6 average)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 2-2 PATs; 2-2 FGs (45, 25 yards); 6 kickoffs for 404 yards (67.3 average)

#51 LB MIKE BALOGUN 6-0 251 Oklahoma

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college; signed with the San Francisco 49ers before training camp in 2010 and released during final cuts. Signed to practice squads for the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010). Signed by the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 10, 2010. Played in his first pro game in Week 13. Released in February 2011 and signed by Dallas Cowboys. Released by Dallas during final cuts in 2011.

2011 SEASON:

Games 1 and 2: Joined the Destroyers after these games.

Game 3 (Sacramento): DNP

Game 4 (@Sacramento): played as reserve linebacker

#36 S TRA BATTLE 5-10 177 Georgia

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with NFL's San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys in 2008, appearing in six games. He made four tackles and assisted on five. Spent time during 2009 with the NFL's Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions but did not appear in a game. Spent 2009 season with UFL's New York Sentinels, and spent 2010 with UFL's Hartford Colonials. Two-year starter at Georgia. Was third-team All-American as a senior.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Saw time as RS

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 2 assists as RS

Game 3 (Sacramento): Saw time as RS

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 tackle as reserve saftey

 

#53 LB DARNELL BING 6-0 240 USC

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round 2006 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2006 season, the Raiders placed him on injured reserve with a neck injury. He was released in July 2007. Spent 2007 with San Francisco 49ers. Signed and waived by New York Jets in 2008. Signed by Detroit Lions in 2008 and spent time on practice squad before being promoted to the active roster on Dec. 8, 2008. Released in Oct. 2009 and signed by the Houston Texans (2010), where he spent time on the practice squad. ... Played on two national championship teams at USC. Named a Jim Thorpe Award finalist as the nation's best defensive back and was an All-American, 2005.

2011 SEASON

Games 1 and 2: Joined the Destroyers Oct. 3

Game 3 (Sacramento): Saw time as LB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 tackle as reserve linebacker

#68 DL McKINLEY BOYKIN 6-1 289 Mississippi

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Appeared in three games for the NFL's New Orleans Saints in 2007, making seven tackles and assisting on three. Also played for NFL Europe's Cologne Centurions in 2007. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. Played in 45 games at Ole Miss despite numerous injuries over the course of his career.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting DL

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 assist, 1 pass breakup as starting RDT

Game 3 (Sacramento): 2 tackles, 2 assists as starting DL, including 1½ for loss (-6), a half-sack (-4) and a QB hurry.

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 2 tackles as starting DT, including 2 tackles for loss (-12) and one sack (-8)

#59 LB DIYRAL BRIGGS 6-4 230 Bowling Green

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent parts of 2009-10 with the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos, appearing in 11 games. He was a Green Bay Packer for Super Bowl XLV, won by the Packers in 2010. At Bowling Green set a school record with 26 career sacks.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 tackle as reserve LB

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as reserve LB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 QB hurry as reserve LB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 tackle as reserve linebacker, including 1 sack and tackle for loss (-5)

 

#93 DL ANTWON BURTON 6-3 310 Temple

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Denver Broncos in 2006-07, and with the Carolina Panthers in 2009. Appeared in nine games, making four tackles and assisting on one. Played in 2010 for the UFL's Florida Tuskers and Sacramento Mountain Lions.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 tackle as reserve DL

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 assists as reserve DL

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 assist as reserve DL

 Game 4 (@Sacramento): 3 tackles as reserve DL, including 2 for loss (-7)

#28 CB AHMAD CARROLL 5-11 190 Arkansas

PREVIOUSLY: First-round draft pick (25th overall) by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 2004. Played for the Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets from 2004-06 and 2008-09. Appeared in 59 games, starting 28. Intercepted three passes, made 94 tackles and assisted on 10. Spent the 2008 season with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. At Arkansas, was a sprinter on the Razorbacks track team in addition to playing football. Founded the Humble Grind Foundation in Atlanta to help youngsters develop life skills and healthy lifestyles.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Posted 4 tackles and 1 assist including 2 pass break-ups as starting LCB

Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 assist, 1 pass breakup as starting LCB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 tackle as starting CB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 3 tackles and two passes broken up as starting CB

 

#23 FS JEROME CARTER 5-11 219 Florida State

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of 2005. Appeared in 33 games, starting three, for the Rams from 2005-07. He had two interceptions, made 51 tackles and assisted on eight. Spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the UFL's Florida Tuskers. Had 257 tackles during his career at Florida State.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 of 4 team captains; 2 tackles, 1 assist and 1 interception (20-yard return) as starting free safety

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 5 assists as starting free safety

Game 3 (Sacramento): 4 tackles, 2 assists as starting free safety

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 4 tackles, 1 assist as starting free safety

 

#27 CB SIMEON CASTILLE 6-0 190 Alabama

PREVIOUSLY: Played in eight games for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and in one game for the San Diego Chargers in 2010. Was in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings this season. Had 12 interceptions in his college career with the Crimson Tide. His father Jeremiah and his brother Tim also played at Alabama and in the NFL.

Games 1 and 2: Joined Destroyers after these games

Game 3 (Sacramento): Dressed but did not play

Game 3 (@Sacramento): 2 tackles, including one for loss (-2) and 1 pass broken up as reserve CB

#63 OL ADRIEN CLARKE 6-5 330 Ohio State

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in 2005. Appeared in 14 games, starting four, for the Eagles in 2005, and appeared in 14 games (all starts) for the New York Jets in 2007. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Started 43 games at Ohio State and played in the 2004 Senior Bowl.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Started at RG

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Started at RG

Game 3 (Sacramento): Started at RG

Game 4 (@Sacramento): started at RG

 

#58 DE JOE CLERMOND 6-2 220 Pittsburgh

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent time with the Chicago Bears in 2008-09 but never appeared in a game. Played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Twice named second-team All-Big East at Pitt.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting DE

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 fumble recovery, 2 assists, 2 pass breakups as starting DE

Game 3 (Sacramento): 2 tackles, 2 QB hurries as starting DE

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass broken up as starting DE

#66 OL ANTHONY DAVIS 6-4 322 Virginia Tech

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Signed with NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Played with Tampa Bay from 2004-08, appearing in 47 games and starting 32. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. Before attending Virginia Tech, played high school football at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Started at LG

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Started at LG

Game 3 (Sacramento): Started at LG

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Started at LG

 

#47 FB JASON DAVIS 5-10 245 Illinois

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders in 2008, and the Cleveland Browns in 2009. He appeared in eight games, starting three. He rushed 10 times for 15 yards, and he caught five passes for 17 yards. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010. At Illinois, rushed for 327 yards and one touchdown, and caught 70 passes for 644 yards and five touchdowns.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 catch for 2 yards as a reserve FB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 catch for 1 yard as reserve FB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 catch for 6 yards as reserve FB

 

#3 QB DEREK DEVINE 6-3 222 Marshall

PREVIOUSLY: Strong-armed passer but something of an unknown commodity. Undrafted out of college, but spent time under contract with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. Played sparingly at Marshall and did not complete a pass there, but has impressed pro scouts with his physical tools during workouts.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play

Game 3 (Sacramento): Dressed but did not play

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Dressed by did not play

#92 DT MAURICE FOUNTAIN 6-4 270 Clemson

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college in 2005, Fountain took time off from football before resurfacing for the Manchester Wolves (AF2). Fountain set a franchise record with the Wolves, recording 13 sacks. Signed with Utah Blaze and named to the AF1 All-Rookie Team in his only season in 2008. Signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2008 but released during final cuts. Signed with the Seattle Seahawks and released on Sept. 3, resigned the following day to the practice squad but released on Sept. 6. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials (2009-10) and Las Vegas Locomotives (2011).

2011 SEASON

Games 1 and 2: Signed with the Destroyers after those games

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 tackle and 1 assist as reserve DT, and a half sack (-5) and an assisted tackle for loss (-5)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 assisted tackle for loss (-3) as reserve DT

#52 LB SAVION FRAZIER 6-2 230 Tennessee

PREVIOUSLY: First-year pro was undrafted out of college. Played in 41 games at Tennessee. Grew up in Woodbridge, Va., and attended Gar-Field High School.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 4 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 6 tackles (team-high) as starting LB

 

#86 TE RONNIE GHENT 6-2 253 Louisville

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in eight games for the New Orleans Saints in 2007, mainly on special teams and as a blocking tight end. Also spent three seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. Spent 2009 with the UFL's New York Sentinels, catching 14 passes for 113 yards. Spent 2010 with the UFL's Hartford Colonials, catching 11 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. At Louisville, started for four years and was the first played ever named first-team All-Conference USA for four straight years. Caught 120 passes for 1,349 yards and 15 touchdowns.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 catch for 12 yards as starting TE; 1 tackle on special teams

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 catches for 20 yards with a long of 17 as starting TE

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 catch for 11 yards as starting TE 

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 catch for 18 yards as starting TE

#76 OL NA'SHAN GODDARD 6-5 315 South Carolina

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in two games with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in 2008, and was on the practice squads of the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints in 2009. Spent 2010 with the UFL's Florida Tuskers. At South Carolina played in 44 games, starting 37.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Got start at RT

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LT

Game 3 (Sacramento): Reserve LT

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Reserve LT

#14 QB CHRIS GREISEN 6-3 220 Northwest Missouri State

PREVIOUSLY: Veteran quarterback led Florida Tuskers to the UFL title game last season. Drafted by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round in 1999, he spent three years as Arizona's third-string quarterback. He appeared in five games, completing 7 of 16 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. Was placed on the active roster of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys for the final game of the 2010 season. Spent time with the Rhein Fire (NFL Europe), the Green Bay Blizzard (af2) and the Dallas Desperadoes (Arena Football League) before having his breakout season at age 31 for the AFL's Georgia Force in 2007, setting a league record by passing for 117 touchdowns. He spent two years with the Force and one year with the Milwaukee Iron, finishing his Arena Football League career with more than 15,000 passing yards and 324 touchdowns against just 40 interceptions. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010. In college, led Northwest Missouri State to the Div. II NCAA title in 1998. Runs the Chris Greisen Quarterback Academy training camp in Wisconsin.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Starting QB, completed 19 of 34 passes for 248 yards, 1 TD (Lasko) with a long of 73 yards

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting QB, completed 18 of 23 passes for 202 yards, 2 TDs (Allison, 35 yards; Whittaker, 31 yards)

Game 3 (Sacramento): Starting QB, completed 20 of 26 passes for 192 yards, 1 TD (Simmons, 14 yards), 2 interceptions

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Starting QB, completed 4 of 4 passes for 51 yards before leaving game with back spasms; rushed 1 time for 0 yards

#81 WR CORTEZ HANKTON 6-0 200 Texas Southern

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-06. Appeared in 45 games, starting one. Caught 34 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Played for the UFL's New York Sentinels in 2009, catching 11 passes for 144 yards. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. In college, set school records at Texas Southern for receiving yards in a career (3,400) and in a season (1,270). Scored 30 touchdowns in college.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 4 catches for 103 yards with a long of 12 as starting WR

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 catches for 48 with a long of 17 as starting WR

Game 3 (Sacramento): 3 catches for 32 yards with a long of 17 as starting WR

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 catch for 35 yards as starting WR, and 1 tackle

#69 DT ORIEN HARRIS 6-3 300 Miami

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round in 2006. Played for Cleveland Browns in 2006, Cincinnati Bengals in 2008-09. Appeared in 20 NFL games, starting one, making nine tackles and assisting on 12. Signed with Miami after prep All-American career and went on to record 11 sacks and 159 tackles for the Hurricanes. His brother Kwame Harris also played in the NFL.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 2 assists as starting LDT

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 assists as starting LDT

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 tackle as reserve DT

Game 4 (@Sacramento): played as reserve DT

 

#61 OL BRETT HELMS 6-2 278 Louisiana State

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Signed by NFL's Houston Texans but did not appear in a game. Three-year starter at center for LSU.

2011 SEASON:

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play

Game 3 (Sacramento): Reserve OL

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Reserve OL

 

#1 P MATT HENRY 6-1 215 New Hampshire

PREVIOUSLY: In addition to punting at University of New Hampshire, also played wide receiver, catching 16 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Starting punter

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 punts, 83 yards for an average of 41.5 yards

Game 3 (Sacramento): 3 punts for 112 yards for an average of 37.3 yards

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 6 punts for 323 yards for an average of 53.8 yards

 

#44 LB NEAL HOWEY 6-1 233 Eastern Michigan *

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college but spent time in training camp with NFL's Seattle Seahawks after impressing scouts in workouts. Led Eastern Michigan with 95 tackles in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 2 tackles as starting OLB

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve LB

Game 3 (Sacramento): On injured reserve

Game 4 (@Sacramento): On injured reserve

#31 CB REGGIE JONES 6-0 200 Portland State

PREVIOUSLY: Signed as a free agent to the New Orleans Saints practice squad in 2010. Also spent time on the Washington Redskins practice squad in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Games 1, 2 and 3: Signed with the team after these games

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Dressed but did not play

#42 FB BILLY LATSKO 5-10 233 Florida

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in one game for the NFL's San Diego Chargers in 2010. Previoulsy spent time on the rosters of the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers but never appeared in a game for them. Played in six games at Florida, catching nine passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 3 catches for 13 yards with a long of 7 and 1 TD reception (5 yards) as starting wide receiver

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 assist, starting FB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 catch for 3 yards as starting FB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): starting fullback

#99 DE JONATHAN LEWIS 6-1 305 Virginia Tech

PREVIOUSLY: Starts the 2011 season on injured reserve for the Destroyers. Drafted by the NFL's Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round in 2006. Appeared in four games for the Cardinals in 2006, making three tackles and assisting on one. Also has been on practice squads or on training camp with the Oakland Raiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. Three-year starter at Virginia Tech, finished career with 203 tackles and 15½ sacks. Grew up in Richmond and played at Varina High School.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): On injured reserve

Game 2 (Las Vegas): On injured reserve

Game 3 (Sacramento): On injured reserve

Game 4 (@Sacramento): On injured reserve

#89 TE MICHAEL MATTHEWS 6-3 265 Georgia Tech

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in the NFL for the Giants, Patriots and Lions in 2007-08. Appeared in 39 games, starting 11. Caught eight passes for 54 yards. Started for the Giants in Super Bowl XLII in a double-tight end set. Went to training camp with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts this summer. Used primarily as a blocking tight end at Georgia Tech.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 catch for 18 yards; 2 assists on special teams

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve TD

Game 3 (Sacramento): 2 catches for 15 yards as reserve TE

Game 4 (@Sacramento): reserve TE

8 QB MIKE McMAHON 6-2 215 Rutgers

PREVIOUSLY: Talented, smart quarterback. Drafted by NFL's Detroit Lions in the fifth round in 2001. Played for Detroit in 2001-04 and Philadelphia in 2005. Appeared in 29 games, starting 14. He completed 229 of 515 passes for 2,867 yards and 15 touchdowns during his NFL career. Played in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes. Spent the 2009 season with the UFL's California Redwoods.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Dressed but did not play

Game 3 (Sacramento): Saw time as reserve QB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 14-of-22 for 177 yards and 1 touchdown (2 yards to Simmons), with 1 interception as reserve QB; rushed three times for 10 yards

#55 LB TERRENCE MELTON 6-1 235 Rice

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 2007, appearing in all 16 games, making 11 tackles and assisting on another. Also played in the Arena Football League with the Houston Thunderbears and in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 assist on defense as starting OLB

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 2 assist, 1 QB hurry as starting OLB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 3 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB, 1½ sacks (-6 yards), 1½ tackles for loss (-6)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 4 tackles, 2 passes broken up as starting LB

#96 DE ERIC MOORE 6-4 268 Florida State

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Played in 8 games his rookie season, recording five tackles. Made his debut against the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 13, 2005. Released by the Giants on Sept. 2, 2006. Signed by the New Orleans Saints. Made four appearances, recording five tackles and waived Nov. 7, 2006. Signed with the St. Louis Rams in 2006. Played in three games; waived by the Rams on Sept. 15, 2007. Resigned four days later and played in seven games, including his career first start against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Finished the 2007 season with a career-high 9 tackles and his first career sack. In 2008 for the Rams, Moore played in seven games, made 10 tackles and recorded one sack. Placed on IR on Sept. 5, 2009 and released with an injury settlement on Sept. 9, 2009. Signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009. Released 2010. Signed with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Signed by the New England Patriots on Dec. 3, 2010. Active for the first time in the Patriots' Week 14 game win over the Chicago Bears, including a strip-sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler. In four games (three starts), Moore had 14 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbled. Cut by the Patriots on Sept. 3 and signed by the Destroyers in Oct. 2011.

2011 SEASON

Games 1, 2, 3: Signed with the team after these games

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 2 tackles as reserve DE

#73 OL CLINT OLDENBURG 6-5 300 Colorado State

 PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round in 2007. Played with the Patriots (2007), New York Jets (2007-08), St. Louis Rams (2008), Minnesota Vikings (2009) and Washington Redskins (2010). Appeared in two NFL games

2011 season

Game 1 (@Omaha): Oldenburg joined the team after the Omaha game.

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Reserve RT

Game 3 (Sacramento): Reserve RT

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Reserve RT

#70 OL SHANE OLIVEA 6-3 312 Ohio State*

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the NFL's San Diego Chargers in the seventh round in 2004. Played for the Chargers from 2004-07, appearing in 60 games and starting 57. Signed with the New York Giants in 2008 but season ended due to a back injury. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010.  Injured at Sacramento and placed on injured reserve.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting RT

Game 3 (Sacramento): Starting RG

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Starting RG

#79 OL JONATHAN PALMER 6-4 336 Auburn

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Has never played in an NFL game, but has been in training camp or on the practice squad with the Eagles, Steelers, Raiders, Giants, Browns, Panthers, Cardinals and Jaguars. Started as a senior for the nationally ranked Auburn team that went 11-2 and beat Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Started at LT

Game 2: (Las Vegas): Started at LT 

Game 3 (Sacramento): Started at LT

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Started at LT

#29 RB ADRIAN PETERSON 5-10 210 Georgia Southern

PREVIOUSLY: One of the most decorated players in NCAA Div. I-AA history. Drafted by the NFL's Chicago Bears in the sixth round in 2002. Played for the Bears from 2002-09, appearing in 106 games and starting six. Rushed 311 times for 1,283 yards and eight touchdowns. Caught 78 passes for 665 yards, and returned 14 kicks for 203 yards. Four-time All-American at Georgia Southern, where he rushed for a Division I-AA record 6,559 career yards and won the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top Div. I-AA offensive player. Also set NCAA Div. I-AA records for points in a career (524).

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Key reserve who carried 10 times for 45 yards with a long of 12 (4.5 average); 3 catches for 47 yards with a long of 16; 92 all-purpose yards.

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Key reserve who carried 11 times for 61 yards with a long of 18 (5.5 average); 2 receptions, 7 yards with a long of 4; 68 all-purpose yards

Game 3 (Sacramento): Key reserve who carried 12 times for 54 yards with a long of 8 (4.5 average); 1 catch, -1 yards; 53 all-purpose yards

Game 4 (@Sacramento): Did not dress due to injury (ankle)

 

#33 RB DOMINIC RHODES 5-9 205 Midwestern State

PREVIOUSLY: Played for Indianapolis Colts and starred in Super Bowl XLI. As an undrafted rookie in 2001, he took over the starting running back job after Edgerrin James suffered a season-ending injury. Rhodes rushed for 1,104 yards despite starting only nine games. He missed the 2002 season with a knee injury but returned to back up James from 2003-05. He started all 16 games in 2006. He played with Oakland in 2007, then returned to Indianapolis in 2008 and 2010. Rhodes rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLI. In his NFL career, he has rushed for 3,286 yards and 26 touchdowns, caught 147 passes for 1,025 yards and four touchdowns, and returned 147 kicks for 3,374 yards and two touchdowns. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010, rushing for 547 yards and 10 touchdowns.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Starting running back who carried 23 times for 77 yards with a long of 9 (average 3.1 yards) and 1 TD (3 yards); 1 catch for 9 yards; 81 all-purpose yards

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting running back who carried 20 times for 86 yards with a long of 16 (average 4.0 yards) and 1 TD (1-yard); 6 receptions for 53 yards with a long of 17; 133 all-purpose yards

Game 3 (Sacramento): Starting running back who carried 18 times for 217 yards with a long of 47 (average 12.1) and 3 TDs; 3 catches for 17 yards; 234 all-purpose yards. Set league records for rushing and touchdowns in a single game

 Game 4 (@Sacramento): Starting running back who carried 18 times for 41 yards with a long of 18 (average 2.3) and 1 TD

#26 S AARON ROUSE 6-4 223 Virginia Tech

PREVIOUSLY: Big, athletic defensive back and hometown boy from Virginia Beach. Drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in the third round in 2007. Played for Green Bay in 2007-09 and for the Giants in 2009. Appeared in 41 games, intercepting four passes and returning one for a 99-yard touchdown against Peyton Manning. Made 146 tackles and assisted on 49. Played in 52 games at Virginia Tech, making 217 tackles and intercepting five passes. Grew up in Virginia Beach and played at First Colonial High School.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Posted 4 tackles and 1 assist as starting strong safety

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 4 tackles, 1 assist as starting strong safety

Game 3 (Sacramento): 3 tackles, 1 assist, 1 QB hurry as starting strong safety

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 5 tackles, 1 assist and 1 interception (23-yard return) as starting SS.

 

#88 WR CALVIN RUSSELL 6-0 190 Tuskegee

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Spent 2006-07 on the practice squad of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. Played for the Columbus Destroyers in the Arena Football League in 2008. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. At Tuskegee, caught 64 passes for 1,205 yards and seven touchdowns. Was also a sprinter on Tuskegee's track team, a member of the 4x100 relay team that advance to the NCAA championship heat in 2004.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2: (Las Vegas): Reserve WR

Game 3 (Sacramento): Dressed but did not play

Game 4 (@Sacramento): reserve WR

#25 RB WYNEL SELDON 5-11 212 Wyoming

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college but signed with the Washington Redskins in 2009. Recorded the best season of any freshman running back in Wyoming school history (871 yards, 2005). Amassed 2,672 yards at Wyoming, No. 3 on the school's all-time rushing list.

2011 SEASON

Games 1 and 2: Joined the team on Oct. 3, 2011

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 rush for 3 yards as reserve RB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 1 kick return for 19 yards, 2 tackles on special teams

 

#49 LS RYAN SENSER 6-3 242 Ohio

PREVIOUSLY: Long-snapping specialist. Played tight end in high school but found niche on special teams in college after transferring from Arizona State to Ohio. Undrafted out of college but spent time on NFL practice squads with the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. Played for UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Started LS

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 tackle at LS

Game 3 (Sacramento): Started at LS

Game 4 (@Sacramento): started at LS

#80 TE JAMARKO SIMMONS 6-2 240 Western Michigan

PREVIOUSLY: Talented receiver. Undrafted out of college. Played the 2011 Arena Football League season with the champion Jacksonville Sharks, catching three touchdown passes in the title game.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Reserve tight end

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 punt return for 13 yards, 1 block

Game 3 (Sacramento): 4 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown as a reserve TE; 2 special teams tackles

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 4 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown as a reserve TE

 

#22 RB CLIFTON SMITH 5-9 190 Fresno State

PREVIOUSLY: Elusive runner who was an All-Pro return man in the NFL. Undrafted out of college. Played in 2008-09 for NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2010 for Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Was All-Pro and played in the Pro Bowl as a rookie return specialist. In his NFL career, he has returned 48 punts for 565 yards and one touchdown, and 75 kicks for 2,038 yards and one touchdown.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): One of four captains; 46 yards in kick returns, 12 yards (punt returns) for 58 all-purpose yards; 1 tackle, 1 assist in starting role

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Special teams captain for the second consecutive week; 2 kickoff returns for 48 yards (long of 34), 4 punt returns for 25 yards (long of 17); 1 tackle

Game 3 (Sacramento): 4 punt returns for 34 yards; 1 kick return for 18 yards; 3 rushes for 3 yards; 1 catch for 15 yards; 70 yards of total offense

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 5 carries for 24 yards with a long of 13 (average 4.8) as a reserve RB; 4 catches for 29 yards, with a long of 10; 4 punt returns for 37 yards, 4 kick returns for 69 yards; 1 tackle

#82 WR JOHN STANDEFORD 6-4 206 Purdue

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played for the NFL's Detroit Lions from 2008-09. Appeared in 11 games, starting four. Caught 16 passes for 249 yards. Spent three seasons on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He left Purdue as the Big 10's all-time leader in receptions (266), most of them coming from Drew Brees and Kyle Orton. The record has since been broken. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010. Two-time first-team Academic All-American.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 2 catches for 10 yards with a long of 7 yards as reserve wide receiver

Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 catch for 8 yards; 1 kickoff return for 21 yards

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 catch for 28 yards as reserve WR

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 4 catches for 77 yards with a long of 23 as reserve wide receiver, 1 tackle

 

#50 LB TONY TAYLOR 6-0 237 Georgia

PREVIOUSLY: A good tackler with NFL experience. Undrafted out of college. Played with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons in 2007, appearing in all 16 games. He made 11 tackles and assisted on one. Played for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010, making four solo tackles in the league championship game. At Georgia, was named team MVP as a senior and was chosen as MVP of the Chik-Fil-A Bowl after making 10 tackles and intercepting two passes.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): One of four team captains; recorded five tackles as starting middle linebacker, 2 assists and 1 interception (10-yard return)

Game 2 (Las Vegas): One of four captains; recorded 6 tackles, 2 assists, 1 QB hurry as starting middle LB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 5 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB; two interceptions (34 yards in returns), assisted on 1 tackle for loss (-1 yard)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 5 tackles, 1 assist as starting LB

#24 CB DARIUS VINNETT 5-9 180 Arkansas

PREVIOUSLY: Small, quick defensive back. Undrafted out of college. Appeared in eight games for the St. Louis Rams in 2007, making 12 tackles and assisting on one. Played for UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Starting RCB

Game 2: (Las Vegas): 1 tackle, 1 pass breakups as starting RCB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 1 tackle, 2 assists as starting CB, 1 tackle for loss (-8 yards)

Game 4 (@Sacramento): reserve CB

#78 OT SETH WAND 6-7 330 Northwest Missouri State

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the Houston Texan in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Started his second season but was waived three years later on Sept. 26, 2006. Signed by the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and waived during final cuts. Signed by Oakland Raiders in 2007 and released prior to 2008 regular season opener. Re-signed two later when OT Fred Wakefield was placed on IR. On October 6, 2008, Wand was placed on injured reserve. Played in 53 NFL games and started 18, had 1 fumble recovery. Draft by the Florida Tuskers of the UFL in 2009. Re-signed with the Raiders on Sept. 8, 2011 and cut. Signed by the Destroyers for the team's 2011 UFL Championship Game.

2011 SEASON

Games 1, 2, 3, 4: Signed with the team after these games

#94 DE STYLEZ WHITE 6-3 270 Minnesota

PREVIOUSLY: Drafted by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Has been on the practice squad of the Texans (2002), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002), the Atlanta Falcons (2002), the Tennessee Titans (2003), New Orleans Saints (2003), the Washington Redskins (2003-04), the Chicago Bears (2005) and the Minnesota Vikings (2011). Signed with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League in 2006-07. In his two years with Orlando, recorded 17 sacks, including an AFL record 15 in 2007. Named the ADT Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. After the Predators were eliminated from the 2007 playoffs, signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and saw his first NFL substantial playing time, including a career game in November 2007 when he sacked Falcons QB Byron Leftwich twice and forced two fumbles.

2011 SEASON

Games 1, 2, 3: Signed with the team after these games

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 3 tackles as reserve DE, including two for loss (-4) and 1 sack (-2), and 1 quarterback hurry

#35 CB KYLE WHITEHURST 6-2 180 Hampton

PREVIOUSLY: Speedster comes to the Destroyers from just up the road, having played high school ball at Bethel High School in Hampton and college ball at Hampton University (after transferring from Marshall). Previously played for the Omaha Beef of the National Indoor Football League in 2007-08 and the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. Played for the UFL's Hartford Colonials in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Had 1 interception (21-yard return) as reserve CB

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 2 tackles, 1 assist as reserve CB

Game 3 (Sacramento): 2 tackles as reserve CB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): 5 tackles as starting CB

#15 WR HUEY WHITTAKER 6-5 220 South Florida

PREVIOUSLY: Has never played in an NFL game, but has been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. Has played in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy, and in the Arena Football League with the Utah Blaze and the Spokane Shock. For the Shock in 2010, he caught 144 passes for 1,653 yards and 37 touchdowns. Also played with the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2010.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Dressed but did not play

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 1 TD catch for 31 yards

Game 3 (Sacramento): tackle, 1 assist on special teams

Game 4 (@Sacramento): reserve wide receiver

#39 CB DeANGELO WILLINGHAM 5-11 211 Tennessee

PREVIOUSLY: Speedy defensive back. Undrafted out of college. Never played in an NFL game, but has been in training camp or on practice squads with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals. Played two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from a junior college. Started 18 games for Tennessee, intercepting three passes.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): 1 tackle, 1 assist as a reserve CB

Game 2 (Las Vegas): 3 tackles, 1 pass break up as a reserve CB

Game 3 (Sacramento): Reserve CB

Game 4 (@Sacramento): reserve CB

#72 C KYLE YOUNG 6-4 315 Fresno State

PREVIOUSLY: Undrafted out of college. Played in 2010 with the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers. Also played in 2010 for the UFL's Florida Tuskers. At Fresno State, started 47 straight games at center.

2011 SEASON

Game 1 (@Omaha): Starting C

Game 2 (Las Vegas): Starting C

Game 3 (Sacramento): Starting C

Game 4 (@Sacramento): starting C

*Injured Reserve

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