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Vipers Announce Signings

November 13, 2007 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Alabama Vipers News Release

Huntsville, AL- The Tennessee Valley Vipers have announced that they have been reassigned quarterback Tony Colston and former Auburn receiver Marcel Willis has been assigned to the team for the 2008 arena football 2 season.

Colston, who previously played for the Vipers in 2006 before playing indoor football in Texas, spent last season with the Vipers, playing in ten games and passing for 941 yards and 16 touchdowns. The product of Tusculum College missed seven games last season due to a dislocated elbow on this non-throwing arm. "Tony had an outstanding college career and has all the attributes of a quarterback. He is a leader and has the potential, he just needs a little more arena football experience," said Vipers head coach Dean Cokinos.

Willis, who played with the Auburn Tigers from 1999-2002, led the Tigers in receptions (31) and receiving yards (417) in 2002, and helped the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a victory over Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. VIPERS NOTES

FORMER VIPERS SIGN WITH AFL: The Arena Football League has announced that former Vipers Anthony Andriano, Farouk Adelekan, and Jerrian James have signed contracts with AFL teams. Andriano and James have both signed with the Arizona Rattlers, who are coached by former Vipers head Coach Kevin Guy. "Andriano and James are a couple of high motor guys that make plays." said Guy. Andriano spent last season with the Vipers and collected 6.5 tackles despite missing most of the season with a groin injury. James, who played with the Vipers in 2003 and 2004 holds several Vipers records, including most kickoff return yardage in a season (1,189), all-purpose yards in a season (2,638), and total points in a season (250). Adelekan, who played last season for the Vipers and finished eighth on the team with 19.5 tackles and led the team with eight sacks in eleven games, has signed a contract with the New York Dragons.

VIPERS TO HOLD TRYOUTS: The Vipers will hold open tryouts on December 15th at 10:00am in the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. Tryouts will consist of 40-yard dash, short shuttle, individual drills and will be conducted on turf. The pre-registration fee is $40 and the registration fee on the day of the tryouts will be $50. Also, a waiver release form will need to be signed before registration.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR 2008: Season tickets for the 2008 Tennessee Valley Vipers season, which include eight games played at the VBC, are now on sale by calling the Vipers at 256-428-4477 or online at

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