SaberCats fill out roster, add two

SaberCats fill out roster, add two

Jan. 21, 2011

SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced the additions of former Chicago Rush WR Nichiren Flowers and OL Brennan McFadden. In another roster move, San Jose placed DLLB Marcus Keli on re-assignment. The SaberCats roster now stands full at 35 heading towards the 2011 season.Im excited weve filled out our roster with quality players at every position, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. Nichiren enjoyed great success with Chicago last season and Brennan will add to the competition on the offensive line. WR NICHIREN FLOWERS Flowers (6-3, 215) spent the 2010 season with the Chicago Rush where he finished second on the team in receptions (61) and receiving yards (892) while leading the team in receiving touchdowns (17). Prior to the Rush, Flowers spent two games with the Los Angeles Avengers in 2007, catching six passes for 125 yards and one touchdown. A three-year starter at Nevada, Flowers totaled 212 receptions, 2,648 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns with the Wolf Pack. He set career highs in receiving during his junior season with 91 receptions, 1,126 yards and six touchdowns.OL BRENNAN MCFADDEN McFadden (6-2, 285) joins the SaberCats after spending four seasons at Utah State. A second-team All-Western Athletic Conference Selection selection as a junior, he played in 45 games (24 starts) at both center and guard for the Aggies. Following his time at Utah State, McFadden earned a tryout with the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2010 NFL season.McFadden was a two-time first-team all-league selection at Nevada Union (CA) High School where he played both tight end and offensive tackle for the Miners.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