Wranglers solidify future by re-signing five
AUSTIN, TX - The Austin Wranglers announced today that they have re-signed fullback/linebacker Dane Krager (6-2, 244, Angelo State), wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Nickerson (5-9, 180, Central Missouri State) and offensive/defensive lineman Ramon Richardson (6-2, 285, Oklahoma) through 2008. Also re-signed were wide receiver/defensive back Sedrick Robinson (5-9, 185, Kentucky Wesleyan) and offensive/defensive lineman Angel Rubio (6-2, 290, Southeast Missouri State) who are now Wranglers through 2007. As per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"These five players further the Wranglers mission of being a team that this region is proud of on and off the field," said Wranglers General Manager Glyn Milburn. "They exemplify the competitive spirit and commitment to winning that this organization stands for."
"We are excited to re-sign these five outstanding players who are key components of our plan to take the Austin Wranglers to the next level in the AFL," said Wranglers Head Coach Skip Foster. "The Austin Wranglers ownership group and front office continue to support us building this team. Austin has a lot to offer our players and we look forward to building this franchise even more."
Krager, who is in his third AFL season and is a Leander, Texas native, has spent his entire career as a Wrangler. He led the AFL in rushing in 2006 with 59 attempts for 197 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, he contributed 27 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Nickerson, in his second AFL season, was an All-Rookie selection in 2005. He has exceeded his totals from last season, recording 98 receptions for 1,082 yards and 18 touchdowns. Also used in the running game, he had 29 carries for 73 yards and six touchdowns.
Richardson, in his third AFL season, has played in all 16 games for the Wranglers this season. On the year, he has 2.5 sacks, 21 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Robinson, in his sixth AFL season, led the AFL in kickoff return average with 23.1 yards per return and kickoff return yards with 1,800. He also returned six kickoff returns for touchdowns, including two against San Jose in week 13. Robinson now holds every Wranglers kickoff returns and all-purpose yards records.
Rubio, in his sixth AFL season, has anchored the Wranglers line for the second half of the 2006 season. Due to injuries, he played in 12 games recording 11.5 tackles, one half sack and one pass breakup. Also used on offense, Rubio has four receptions for 40 yards.
The Austin Wranglers host the Philadelphia Soul on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center in the Wild Card Round of the 2006 AFL Playoffs. Wranglers playoff tickets are available by calling 512.339.3939 or at the Wranglers Box Office (2209 W. Braker Lane), Texas Box Office and all H.E.B ticketing locations.
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