Vipers Assigned Players; Release Schedule
Huntsville, AL- The Tennessee Valley Vipers have announced that the team has been assigned defensive back and wide receiver Gary Elliott for the 2008 arena football 2 season. Elliott, who played college football at Midwestern State, played last season for the Vipers and collected 24.5 tackles and one interception as well as catching eight passes for 116 yards. "He is an explosive player who has the potential to be a solid two way guy and a very good kick return man, "said Vipers head coach Dean Cokinos.
The Vipers have also been assigned defensive back Demetrius Derico and wide receiver/defensive back Pedro Holiday. Derico played last season with the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League. "Derico will provide us with instant credibility in the secondary. Having played with the New Orleans Voodoo, he received valuable experience in arena football," said Cokinos.
Holiday, who played his college football at Middle Tennessee State University, finished the 2003 season with 126 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He was also a member of the MTSU track team and earned All-American honors at the 2003 NCAA Championships as part of the 4x100 relay team, and was in the Nashville Kats training camp last season.
The Vipers also released the 2008 schedule, which opens on March 29th with a visit from the South Georgia Wildcats and will see the expansion Daytona Beach Thunderbirds, who are taking the place of the Birmingham Steeldogs. The Vipers will play eight home games at the Von Braun Center. "It looks to be a challenging schedule. We are in a strong division and we will also be facing some quality inter-conference opponents, " said Cokinos.
The Vipers 2008 schedule is below
March 2 SOUTH GEORGIA 7:30pm
April 5 GREEN BAY 7:30pm
April 12 Florida 7:30pm
April 19 LOUISVILLE 7:30pm
April 25 Daytona Beach 6:00pm
May 3 Albany 6:00pm
May 10 South Georgia 6:30pm
May 17 FLORIDA 7:30pm
May 31 Oklahoma City 7:05pm
June 6 LEXINGTON 7:30pm
June 13 Wilkes Barre/Scranton 6:00pm
June 20 Quad City 7:30pm
June 27 STOCKTON 7:30pm
July 12 DAYTONA BEACH 7:30pm
July 19 Florida 6:30pm
July 26 SOUTH GEORGIA 7:30pm
Tickets are on sale now for the Vipers 2008 season by calling the Vipers at 428-HISS (4877) or by visiting the Vipers office in the Von Braun Center.
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