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Wranglers sign WR/LB Fred Coleman

April 13, 2006 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Austin Wranglers News Release

AUSTIN, TX - The Austin Wranglers announced today that they have signed WR/LB Fred Coleman to further solidify their receiving corps.

Coleman (6-1, 190, Washington) in his third AFL season, was a member of the ArenaBowl XVIII Champion San Jose SaberCats where he caught two touchdowns and had 115 all-purpose yards in the win.

"We are continuing to build strength in our entire team," said Wranglers Head Coach Skip Foster. "We feel like Coleman brings immense professional football experience that will improve our group of receivers."

Beginning the 2006 season with the SaberCats, he tallied 18 receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns (one receiving, two rushing) in four games.

Last season, Coleman played in 14 games with the Nashville Kats where he led the team in receptions (75), receiving yards (847) and all-purpose yards (1,262).

In his rookie season with the SaberCats in 2004, Coleman was third on the team with 55 receptions for 719 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Originally drafted in the sixth round (160th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 1998, he has spent time with the NFL's Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New England Patriots. With the Patriots, he played on the Super Bowl XXXVI team that defeated the Carolina Panthers in 2004.

The Austin Wranglers (7-4) host Southern Division rivals the Tampa Bay Storm (6-5) on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. Tickets for the game are still available by calling 512.339.3939.

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