SaberCats activate WR Amey, bring back WR Nelson


SaberCats activate WR Amey, bring back WR Nelson

SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced 2010 First-Team All-Arena WR Ben Nelson has rejoined the SaberCats for the 2011 season, where he spent his first two years in the AFL (2006-07). The team also announced WR Otis Amey has been activated off of the injured reserve list as well as the addition of FBLB Chris Bruhn (6-3, 270).Ben has proven time and again that he is one of the most explosive players in the AFL today, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. He enjoyed great success with us from 2006-07 and hell be a key contributor for the team in the receiving corps moving forward.Nelson (6-3, 190) spent the 2010 season with the Cleveland Gladiators, where he was named first-team All-Arena after setting career highs in receptions (151), receiving yards (1,867) and receiving touchdowns (47) in only 14 games. For his career, Nelson has caught 472 passes for 5,887 yards and 128 touchdowns in 51 regular season contests.Nelson spent his first two seasons in the AFL with the SaberCats, where he was named the 2006 AFL Rookie of the Year after setting franchise rookie records with 94 receptions, 1,405 yards and 26 touchdowns. In his second season with San Jose, Nelson totaled 101 receptions for 1,257 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in 11 games prior to being signed by the Atlanta Falcons during the offseason. In two postseasons with the SaberCats, Nelson totaled 38 receptions for 490 yards and 14 touchdowns in five games, setting the then-SaberCats postseason single-game record in catches (12), receiving yards (202) and touchdowns (six) in his first career playoff game on May 27, 2006.Following his stint with the Falcons, Nelson spent 2008 with the Colorado Crush, totaling 126 receptions for 1,358 yards and 30 touchdowns.Nelson was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 out of St. Cloud State (MN). He made the roster and contributed on special teams, playing in three games for Minnesota.An All-American and North Central Conference Most Valuable Receiver as a senior at St. Cloud State, Nelson holds the school record for touchdown receptions (43) and points (266) while finishing second all-time in receptions and third in receiving yards. He held a streak of 34 consecutive games with a reception for the Huskies.A native of Coon Rapids, MN, Nelson attended Anoka High School (MN) where he earned all-conference honors as well as all-state and all-metro honorable mentions.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