SaberCats add DBs Brinkley, Hedgemon


SaberCats add DBs Brinkley, Hedgemon

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned a pair of defensive backs; Brandon Brinkley and former Utah Blaze defensive back LaBrose Hedgemon.

"Brandon and LaBrose are both quick and tenacious defenders who really get after the football," said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. "They add solid depth to our team and we are looking forward to seeing both of them contribute right away.

Brinkley (6-0, 190, Houston) appeared in two games with the SaberCats to begin the 2012 season, recording eight total tackles and a fumble recovery before being traded to the Chicago Rush. With Chicago, Brinkley played in just one game on May 26 against San Jose and recorded a team-high eight tackles in that game. In 2011, the Bay City, Texas native appeared in eight games for the Milwaukee Mustangs, totaling 29.5 tackles, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A four-year letterman at Houston, Brinkley played in 53 games for the Cougars posting 197 tackles, 53 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. His best season came as a senior in 2009, where he totaled 75 tackles, 16 passes defensed, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, earning second-team All-Conference USA honors in the process.

Hedgemon (5-10, 190, Jackson State) most recently saw action in one game this season with the Utah Blaze, where he recorded five-and-a-half total tackles (five solo) in the teams 61-58 win over the Milwaukee Mustangs. He experienced an excellent season in 2011 with Utah, amassing 72.5 total tackles (55 solo), one interception, eight pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles in 14 games. In 2010, the Hoover, Ala. native started one game with the Blaze, intercepting a pass and returning it 22 yards while also racking up three solo tackles and one assisted tackle.

At Jackson State, he saw action in 12 games in 2007, recording 26 tackles and two interceptions, while forcing two pass breakups. Hedgemon transferred to Jackson State in time for the 2006 season, where he appeared in nine games for the Tigers and had 22 tackles, forced two pass breakups, added one fumble recovery and two interceptions. After joining Notre Dame his freshman year in 2003, he saw action in 2005 when he had six pass breakups and 16 tackles.
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