SaberCats finalize roster -- season opener Friday


SaberCats finalize roster -- season opener Friday


SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced the additions of WR Burl Toler, FBLB Matt Huebner and DB Dwight Mclean along with a trade for Chicago Rush DL Chris Perri in exchange for future considerations. San Jose also traded for OL Karl Glimp from the Milwaukee Mustangs in exchange for WR Marcus Everett and placed Huebner and Glimp on the refuse to report list while activating WR Rodney Wright, finalizing their roster heading into their season opener against the Spokane Shock on March 11.

A three-year veteran with the Force, Huebner (6-4, 280) established himself as one of the most dangerous rushing threats in the AFL, amassing 274 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns on 96 attempts with the Georgia Force. A versatile player, he also contributed 38 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his time with the Force.

A former California Golden Bear, Toler (6-2, 200) spent the 2008 offseason with the Washington Redskins after signing with San Jose in 2008. Prior to signing with the SaberCats, Toler served his first stint with the Redskins in 2007 after spending time with the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. He originally signed with the SaberCats in 2007 before joining the Centurions. Undrafted out of California, Toler was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders in 2006.

A walk-on at California, Toler finished with 69 receptions for 873 yards and four touchdowns. His best season came in 2003 when he caught 48 passes for 609 yards and three touchdowns. A native of Berkeley, CA, Toler attended Bishop ODowd High School (CA) helping his team to two league titles and a North Coast Section championship, earning first team all-league on offense and defense his senior year. Toler also lettered four years in track, attending the League of Champions meet his final three years.

Mclean (6-1, 205) joins San Jose after spending two years at Purdue where he transferred from Fullerton College. Appearing in all 12 games, including six starts as a junior he shared the team lead with two interceptions while recording 36 tackles (22 solo, 14 assists) and three passes defensed.

Perri (6-3, 290) joins the SaberCats after spending time with the Chicago Rush in 2010. As a senior at Stony Brook, Perri started 11 games, finishing third on the team in sacks and tackles for loss, earning second-team All-Big South honors. At Bishop ODowd (CA) High School, Perri was a second team All-San Francisco Bay Area selection as a senior and initially attended University of Colorado before transferring to Stony Brook.

Glimp (6-4, 305) joins the SaberCats after spending time with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2010. A four-year starter at Stephen F. Austin University, was one of the top offensive lineman in the Southland Conference and earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a junior.

The ArenaBowl XVI, XVIII and XXI champion, San Jose SaberCats open the 2011 season against the defending ArenaBowl champion Spokane Shock on March 11 as they return to the Arena Football League for their 15th season starting in 2011. The SaberCats began play in 1995, playing their home games at HP Pavilion. Fans and sponsors can go to or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to purchase season and single-game tickets. Make sure to follow the SaberCats on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news on the team.

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