Three-time All-AFB DB Moten joins SaberCats


Three-time All-AFB DB Moten joins SaberCats

March 28, 2011SABERCATS PAGE

SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced three-time All-AFL DB Eddie Moten has joined San Jose for the 2011 season. The team also announced WRDB Rodney Wright has been placed on reassignment at his request due to family concerns. Eddie Moten is an outstanding playmaker in the defensive backfield since he joined the league in 2005 and I couldnt be more excited he will be a part of our team this season, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. Rodney has been a huge part of the SaberCats success since 2005 and we wish him luck in all his future endeavors.Moten (5-10, 185) played in seven games for the Dallas Vigilantes in 2010 and has been one of the most productive players in the secondary since he joined the AFL in 2005 with the Philadelphia Soul. During his five seasons, he has totaled 34 interceptions returned for 544 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 95 passes defensed and 401.0 tackles. Moten is Philadelphias all-time leader in interceptions (32), passes defensed (83) and tackles (358.0) where he spent the first four years of his career. He is also tied for the all-time single-season record for interceptions in a season with 13 along with three other players that includes former SaberCat DB Clevan Thomas and holds the record for the most interception return yards in a season (204), both set in 2007.In seven postseason games for the Soul, Moten notched six interceptions, 10 passes defensed and 48.0 tackles, helping guide Philadelphia to an ArenaBowl XXII victory over the SaberCats in 2008.He has spent time with the California Redwoods of the UFL in 2009 and the Rio Grande Valley Dorados in 2004 where Moten earned all-league honors in the af2.A native of Dallas, TX he played collegiately at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

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