Vipers Assigned DB/WR Freeman, Kicker Lee
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Tennessee Valley Vipers coach Milt Theodosatos had set his sights on acquiring solid building blocks for the 2007 season and his latest pair of veteran assignments from arenafootball2 are a perfect fit.
Former Alabama A&M defensive back Henry Freeman, the Vipers' second-leading tackler and a new threat at wide receiver in 2006, and ex-Jacksonville State standout Steven Lee, one of af2's most consistent kickers last season, have both agreed to return for the '07 campaign.
Theodosatos said his newest additions will provide a mix of leadership, experience and dedication.
"Henry is like a coach on the field - he's a veteran and he knows our system going way back,'' Theodosatos said. He's a solid player both offensively and defensively. Henry has a great attitude, he's a competitor and a winner - everything you want in a player.
"Steven is a solid kicker. He's got the right attitude for a kicker and he's very coachable. He kicked for us as a Viper back in 2004, battled through some tests after that and last season he just really blossomed."
Freeman (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) led the Vipers in tackles as a rookie defensive specialist in 2004, but saw significant time in "06 at wide receiver in addition to anchoring Tennessee Valley's secondary. He was second on the squad with 46 tackles and also had a pair of interceptions and nine pass breakups. The Mobile native also caught 19 passes for 277 yards.
"I just felt like the arrival of Coach T late last season was something positive,'' Freeman said. "We really closed things out on a good note (with a 55-40 win at Birmingham) and it gave me a good feeling for the future. Plus, we get to open the season against Birmingham and I can't wait to feel the excitement and the atmosphere. I'm ready to get things back like the old days."
Lee (6-0, 180) was second in scoring for the Vipers last season with 80 points after converting 59 of 73 extra points and hitting on 7 of 35 field goals. He had a career-long 56-yard field goal against Bakersfield and was perfect on seven extra-point attempts in Tennessee Valley's season-ending win over the Steeldogs.
"I'm just looking forward to the chance to build on the way we closed out the season last year,'' Lee said. "Personally, I thought I had a strong year and hopefully I'll have an even better '07."
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