Former 49er Otis Amey, six others join SaberCats

Former 49er Otis Amey, six others join SaberCats

Jan. 12, 2011

SAN JOSE The San Jose SaberCats today announced the additions of former 49ers WR Otis Amey, along with DL George Hypolite, QB Kevin Lopina, WR Ed Berry, OL Kristien Poindexter, LB Tyrell Graham and LB Mario Reese. Per team policy, terms were not disclosed. The roster now stands at 33 players.Im excited to see the roster taking form with 33 players now on roster, OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet said. Otis was one of the most explosive playmakers in the league in 2008 and the additions that we made on both sides of the ball today are going to give us great depth this upcoming season.WR OTIS AMEYAmey (5-11, 200) joins the SaberCats after spending the 2010 season with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League where he totaled 16 receptions for 148 yards. Prior to his time with the Mountain Lions, Amey served stints with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2009) and the British Columbia Lions (2008) of the Canadian Football League. Amey will be entering his third season in the AFL after playing for the Austin Wranglers in 2007 before joining the Cleveland Gladiators in 2008. For his career, he has totaled 201 receptions for 2,549 yards for 66 touchdowns. A threat in the return game, Amey averaged 18.1 yards on 68 kickoff returns with one returned for a touchdown. He set career-highs in 2008 in every receiving category, finishing with 112 receptions for 1,516 yards and 48 touchdown receptions.From watching Otis on film, hes an explosive playmaker, said SaberCats QB Mark Grieb. We need people who are going to come in here and make plays and have shown that they have the ability to excel in this league and hes done that. Hes basically been a star wherever hes played. Im excited about having him here because as a quarterback you are only as good as the guys around you. He can only make me look better and not just for me, but for the team because I think we are putting together a nice receiving corps.Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 out of Sacramento State, Amey returned a punt 75 yards in the season opener. He played in 11 games with the 49ers before joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2007. DL GEORGE HYPOLITEHypolite (6-1, 300) joins the SaberCats after previous stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Carolina Panthers in 2009. A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at Colorado, he played in 41 games (32 starts) at defensive tackle for the Buffaloes. Hypolite totaled 149 tackles, 32 for loss, 12.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one interception and five passes defensed.QB KEVIN LOPINAA two-year letterwinner at Washington State, Lopina (6-3, 230) totaled 1,437 passing yards and two touchdown passes, completing 55.1 percent of his passes for the Cougars. A first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation and All-Bay Valley Athletic League selection as a senior at De La Salle High School (CA), Lopina threw for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns to go along with 750 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.WR ED BERRYBerry (5-9, 190) most recently played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL. A two-year starter at Northern Arizona, Berry played in 22 games (21 starts) leading the team with 75 receptions, 1,075 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns as a senior. A transfer from the College of San Mateo, Berry led the Lumberjacks with 45 receptions and 641 yards, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention honors. At San Mateo, he led the team with 55 receptions for 896 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2007 prior to joining Northern Arizona.OL KRISTIEN POINDEXTERPoindexter (6-2, 275) enters his rookie season in the AFL after starting four years at Northern Arizona. An All-America selection at guard in 2010, he split his time between center and guard for the Lumberjacks. Poindexter earned all-conference honors three times in his NAU career and was named 2007 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. A 2007 graduate of Westview High School (AZ), Poindexter earned all-conference first-team honors on offensive line and all-state honors on the defensive side.LB TYRELL GRAHAMGraham (6-3, 245) played two seasons at Houston, earning second-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior. In 26 games for the Cougars, he totaled 82 tackles, 13.0 for loss, 8.5 sacks to go along with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed. Prior to joining Houston, Graham played two seasons at Arkansas. He was an all-state selection and district MVP as a senior at Yates High School (TX).LB MARIO REESEReese (6-3, 240) spent time with the Tulsa Talons in 2010 and joins the SaberCats for his rookie season in the AFL after spending four years at Minnesota. In four years for the Golden Gophers, Reese played in 47 games (26 starts), totaling 172 tackles, 13.5 for loss and seven sacks to go along with five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 10 passes defensed and one interception.Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services